Best Mandolin Pickup K&K vs Radius vs Fishman

March 27, 2018

We are always being asked what the best mandolin pickup is. Being familiar with these and having installed hundreds over the years, a few have risen to the top. All three of these recommendations are passive pickups. While there are several other good options, these should be at the top of your list.

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Ovation Mandolin Reviews and Buyers Guide

Ovation Mandolin Reviews and Buyers Guide

March 15, 2018

The main reason you are going to buy an Ovation mandolin is obviously the pickup. If not it should be. These are not the best sounding acoustic mandolin made, but on stage they are in their element. Need to add some mandolin to your high-volume rock band?

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Best Case for The Loar Mandolin

Best Case for The Loar Mandolin

March 09, 2018

As the largest dealer for The Loar Mandolin, we have had a chance to fit every single model made in various cases. Here is a general guide on what cases are best for The Loar Mandolins.

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Rover RM-25E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

Rover RM-25E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

March 09, 2018

Value in an acoustic electric mandolin. The new Rover EM-25E mandolin includes a single coil pickup that allows you to plug-in with acoustic tone, yet still help prevent feedback in high-volume situations.

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Kentucky KM-858 F-Style Mandolin Gold Top

Kentucky KM-858 F-Style Mandolin Gold Top

March 09, 2018

New for 2018 I am excited to announce an all new Kentucky KM-858 F-style Mandolin. These start with Spruce and Maple harvested from high in the Swiss Alps.

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What is a Mandola?

March 09, 2018

The mandola is a member of the mandolin family. It is larger than a mandolin and tuned one fifth lower. The mandola actually pre-dates the mandolin and was one of the first instruments to develop from the Lute. Mandola can be loosely translated to almond (in Italian), referring to the body shape.

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Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 mandolin

Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 mandolin

March 08, 2018

The KM-160 model was dropped from the Kentucky line in 2001, but made a comeback in 2007. And here is the final answer to the Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 Mandolin debate. The KM-160 is the better model if made between 2007 and 2011, but not better than KM-150 mandolins made from 2012 on.

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Mandolin vs Ukulele - Which to start with?

March 04, 2018

Which is better as a first instrument, Mandolin or Ukulele?
As much as we love mandolins, Ukulele has some major advantages as a first instrument to learn.....

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The Loar LM-600 vs LM-700 Mandolin

The Loar LM-600 vs LM-700 Mandolin

March 04, 2018

What is the difference between The Loar LM-600 and LM-700 Mandolins? At first glance, the LM-600 and LM-700 mandolins look nearly identical with the exception of the inlay and gold vs. nickel hardware.

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Morgan Monroe Mandolin Company

Morgan Monroe Mandolin Company

February 28, 2018

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Electric Mandolins - Buyer's Guide

Electric Mandolins - Buyer's Guide

February 28, 2018

Electric mandolins are nothing new. In fact, they predate the vast majority of electrified instruments. How could this be? It turns out, mandolins had their heyday right around a century ago.

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Octave Mandolin Case - Wooden Hardshell

Octave Mandolin Case - Wooden Hardshell

February 27, 2018

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Octave Mandolin vs Mandola

February 27, 2018

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Rover Mandolin Company

Rover Mandolin Company

February 27, 2018

The Rover Mandolin Company is owned by Saga Musical Instruments. Their entire line consists of one F-model and 5 A-model mandolins.

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Rover vs Kentucky Mandolins

Rover vs Kentucky Mandolins

February 27, 2018

For those of you that didn't know, Rover mandolins are owned by the same parent company that makes Kentucky mandolins. They also have some similarities, but they remain distant cousins rather than siblings.

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The Mandolin Hut

February 27, 2018

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Best oval hole mandolin

Best oval hole mandolin

August 21, 2017

Oval hole mandolins tend to have a more mellow, woody sound. They have more sustain and are usually more pleasing when played solo. F-hole mandolins tend to be louder with more projection. This is one of those cases where you can’t have both, or at least not 100% of both.

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Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

June 29, 2017

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Top 3 F-style Mandolin cases

Top 3 F-style Mandolin cases

May 03, 2017 1 Comment

So you find yourself searching for a new F-style mandolin case? This just happens to be something we are very familiar with. After 20 years of selling mandolins we have been through most of the case brands and had the chance to try many different mandolins in them.  During all of this, there have been a few standouts and we wanted to give a list of our Top 3 F-style Mandolin Cases.

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Kentucky Mandolin Company

Kentucky Mandolin Company

April 19, 2017 1 Comment

The Kentucky Mandolin Company is based in San Francisco, CA. Through the years, the mandolins themselves have been made in Japan, Korea and most recently (since 2001), China. The latest versions are some of the best ever.

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Why you should buy an F-style Mandolin vs an A-style mandolin

Why you should buy an F-style Mandolin vs an A-style mandolin

April 18, 2017

This is where you need to be honest with yourself. How important is the look of your mandolin? Will you get more enjoyment out of the F-Style vs the A-style Mandolin? This is nothing to be embarrassed about.

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A vs F Style Mandolin

A vs F Style Mandolin

March 04, 2017

There is a common misconception that you need an F-style for playing bluegrass. While this is not true as far as tone, among many players it is expected that you should have an F– style mandolin. Since traditions diehard, you will probably have trouble convincing people otherwise.

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Where are The Loar Mandolins made?

Where are The Loar Mandolins made?

February 17, 2017

The Loar Mandolins are made in China. The Loar operates their own hand-carved workshop there. All but one early model of mandolin is made in this shop. This mandolin was the first LM-500 model.

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Where are Eastman Mandolins made?

Where are Eastman Mandolins made?

February 16, 2017 4 Comments

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