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    Actually Elifas Santana makes really affordable Electric MandolinsClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	201037 that really rock. This one has 5 Strings tuned like a 5 String Violin (C, G, D, A, E) which are lighter gauge & easier to press down along w/ the skinnier neck, plus it has more notes you can play. The scale length on this Electric Mandolin is actually a tad bit longer than a Standard Acoustic Mandolin (some Acoustic Mandolins have a Scale Length this long too such as the Resonator Mandolins) so that the Low C String intonates better. The Longer Scale length is also great for people w/ bigger hands.

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    Because there's less maintenance to do on an Electric Mandolin than there is on an Acoustic I would've had to swap the price tags around:https://www.happynewguitarday.com/ar...ustic-guitars/ & you'd have to make them w/ a built in amplifier. I found a Attachment 201041 Cozart Mandostrat Copy which is only $200 that's a fraction of the price of a Gibson. Traditions are supposed to change these days, because the Mandolin isn't limited to one type of music anymore. Also you can actually play Electric Mandolin stuff on an Acoustic Mandolin in an Unplugged Setting. An Acoustic Mandolin that plays like an Electric w/ 4 Strings would essentially be a Modernized Cremonese/Bresciano Mandolin w/ Steel Strings & Geared Pegs.

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    19 consecutive posts to a thread has to be some kind of record.
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    Mr. s111… seems like he needs to state his position to every post on these forums including some threads that are very old. Mores likely he is talking to himself since many of these posters are long gone from these parts. Oh well…
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    How does he post without increasing his post count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Mr. s111… seems like he needs to state his position to every post on these forums including some threads that are very old. Mores likely he is talking to himself since many of these posters are long gone from these parts. Oh well…
    No crime. Some people just like doing that. Sometimes I feel like my entire social life is in web forums.

    I also suspect there are AI coders who bring their programs into assorted forums just to see how well they do.
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    Mobi (OP) has been gone a good while but his posts keep getting resurrected. I suppose a lot of folk are interested in his topics … or just feel the need to advise him, regardless:-)
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    In my working life I was an engineer and early in the home computer age every non-tech acquaintance asked me what computer they should buy. My response was always, “What do you plan to use it for?” because the tools you buy should suit the job you’ll be doing. e.g. Stocking up on micrometers, screwdrivers and wood rasps would be unsuitable if your work was going to be stone masonry or pipe fitting. Similarly, if you were going to do industrial controls work then the IBM PC & its clones were the better choice while music, animation and other arts called for Macintosh or scientific calculations like finite element analysis demanded a Sun workstation. This isn’t to say that a novice shouldn’t get an electric mandolin but I believe that they’ll probably be happier if the instrument they use aligns with the music they’re learning and playing. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny View Post
    . . . I believe that they’ll probably be happier if the instrument they use aligns with the music they’re learning and playing. JMHO
    Good thoughts, Kenny.

    Just want to make sure you saw some of the post above yours, like 134 or 129.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobi View Post
    I am a novice and playing with mandolin only for few months.

    Should I buy an electric mandolin now or wait till I reach intermediate level first?

    Also, can an eletric mandolin be played without electricity? e.g. when I am outdoor without electricity.

    Do I still need to tune it just like non electric ones? Or it will hold tuning like a piano?
    Hey, I've got two electric mandos. Like some others have mentioned, I would strongly suggest that, unless you only ever will be playing in a rock and roll band, you shouldn't buy an electric mandolin right off the bat. My e-mandos are fun to play as a toy, but I haven't used them in many other circumstances than messing around with a pedalboard and amp.

    I'm guessing the playability without electricity depends on the model, but for Gold Tones, neither the 4- nor 5-string require electricity as long as the amp doesn't either.

    Yeah, you will still need to tune it.

    Hope this helped, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions at all!
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