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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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 vs Mandola

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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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 5 Comments

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 Eastman Mandolins made?

Where are Eastman Mandolins made?

February 16, 2017 4 Comments

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Best F-style mandolin under $500

Best F-style mandolin under $500

February 08, 2017

Most people prefer the look of the F-style mandolin and rightly so. It looks great! There is no denying it. We are not here to convince you to go with an A-style. If your budget is $500, there are still going to be quite a few options available to you. 

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Gray Market Mandolins

September 07, 2016

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Kentucky KM-150 vs The Loar LM-170-VS

Kentucky KM-150 vs The Loar LM-170-VS

August 30, 2016

If you are looking for a nice low cost mandolin to learn to play on, or maybe want a second mandolin to leave at work, take camping, or loan out, you have probably ran across the Kentucky KM-150 and The Loar LM-170-VS models.

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Oval Hole vs F hole mandolins

Oval Hole vs F hole mandolins

August 30, 2016

What is the difference between an F-hole and vs an Oval Hole mandolin?  Obviously the sound hole, but you knew that!  There are other major differences though, so read on.

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