Q: I am really interest in purchasing this Mandolin, but I want to know if everything is set up on it, I do not want to purchase one and then have to take it somewhere to make sure the strings are laying right on it, or having to straightening the neck. Is it ready to play and not to have anything set on it? I have a mandolin now but the further I go down the neck of it, the higher the strings are off the frets. Thank you
A: Our setup is not a case of simply sticking the bridge under the strings tuning it up and making a few tweaks. Folkmusician is best known for the work that we do on our instruments. This includes complete setups, but does not stop there. Our mandolins get fret leveling/dressing, bridge foot fitting, string spacing work, etc. When we are through, the instruments are vastly improved. Whether spending $200, or $2000, a mandolin purchased from Folkmusician will play great.
That said, it is normal for most stringed instruments to have the strings ramp up in height. It should be very low at the nut and then higher toward the bridge. It should not be so high as to make the instrument hard to play. Unfortunately this is often the case with a mandolin that has not been setup correctly. There a few factors here. It could be that no one took the time to lower the string height at the nut or bridge or it could be done intentionally to compensate for uneven frets or other issues. More often than not, it is a combination of both of these things.
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