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    Re: Recommendations For Headphones?

    I don't know the model. I do know:

    - Closed-back will give you getter isolation. That's an advantage. The disadvantage is that you won't know if you have a phone call or someone's a the door.

    -...
  2. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Welcome, Isaiah!

    I'm not a pro, just a guitar slut who accidentally fell into mando a few years ago.

    My genres are a lot like yours: folk, blues, old-school country, Americana, garage rock. And...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    PS -

    Oh, yeah, and I just remembered one Richard Thompson tells:


    A husband and wife are out Christmas shopping. They have separate lists, so she's at one end of town, he's at the other. It's...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    Sorry, can't narrow it down to one. Managed to get it down to two, though:


    Q: What's the best pickup to put on a banjo?
    A: A Ford F-150.

    Q: What's the difference between a viola player and a...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    I wasn't born with the memory gene, so I practice improvising.

    No tune I play sounds the same way twice. Which is fine, because my goal isn't to copy anything. It's to make songs sound good. So...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Yup. Preamps, amps, and PAs are all better places for EQing than onboard controls.

    Get an instrument that just has a quarter-inch jack to plug your cable into — or get a good clamp-on jack.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Good! You're narrowing it down!

    Get the Godin. Great, great Canadian company.

    By the way, calling them electric misled me. Both are acoustic mandolins with onboard pickups.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Same here. They sound great, and they're engineered to not need a lot of adjustment. Closest thing to plug-and-play you'll find.
  9. Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Souful! You're all over it, Mark!
  10. Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Wish I could! Haven't been able to record anything for a few years. Meanwhile, my mando blues chops have been slowling coming along. Also been putting a lot of time into square- and roundneck...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    The only reason I'd ever get a banjo is to call it Ban Jovi.
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    You obviously spend too much time practicing!
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    1. Yes.

    2. It's fun.

    3. All, sooner or later.

    4. I don't often select. They usually manage to name themselves.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Tell us more about what you're trying to achieve. (I don't know what "MP3 bases" means) Do you want an electric mando, or do you want an acoustic mando with a pickup?

    The mandos you listed seem to...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    You beat me to it.

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    Yeah, I was wondering that, too.
  16. Re: Now that I have actually tried playing one.. a few questions

    I've found that it's hard to break a lot of my guitar habits. For instance, more often than not, I use finger picks for mando, because that's what I'm used to on guitar. Bonus: I can tremolo twice as...
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    Re: How many Mandolins to own

    In the saged words of Bullwinkle: Can't say, 'cause I don't know.

    I'm no pro. One is one more than I can handle! (Wouldn't mind a reso, though . . .)
  18. Re: Will being a lefty, but playing right handed be more limiting

    Lefty guit-picker here! (A Guild guy, as you know.)

    Played guitar right-handed for over 45 years before trying mando. I play mando right-handed, too. It just feels more natural.

    My right hand...
  19. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Never tried an Ovation mando. The only problem I have with Ovations guitars is that the curved, slippery back makes the bottom sort of slide forward when I play it standing up. It almost looks like...
  20. Re: Decided to expand from just guitar to mandolin

    Hey, John, are you the one posting at Let's Talk Guild?
  21. Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    Ugh! Caught me again. When, oh, when will I ever learn?

    Thanks, Jim!
  22. Re: Decided to expand from just guitar to mandolin

    Yup. Few people live near stores with great mando selections. The one music store in this town just carries Ibanez. There's a store with a better selection an hour or so away, but it mainly carries...
  23. Re: Decided to expand from just guitar to mandolin

    'Zackly!
  24. Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    I've played acoustic and electric guitar for over fifty years. I absolutely agree that students should start on acoustic. The reason isn't about tone or technique, though. Acoustic guitars force you...
  25. Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    Yes, you'll need to tune it, just like any fretted instrument.

    I must say, there are some really cool solid-body four-, five-, and eight-string electrics out there.

    And in the hollow-body...
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