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    I like it. Just a 23" scale, so it would certainly work in GDAE / GDAD, but that low C course has a sense of Authority, doesn't it?


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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    Interesting, but it looks like it's got a narrow neck to me.
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    Very strange video. Sounds like it's tuned much higher than a mandocello, I think in mandola range, and the lowest course looks like the two strings get closer to each other as they approach the saddle.
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    They are now calling it an Octave Mando - GDAE tuning.

    https://eastwoodguitars.com/products/mrg-octave-mando

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    Just to note, the tuning of the open strings in the video matches the pitches of my 17" scale length mandola. That highest A3 pitch is doable with a 23" scale length... but really, if I'm going to play an electric mandola, I'll take advantage of one with a shorter scale length.

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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    This one they are calling a mandocello with a 25.5” scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    They are now calling it an Octave Mando - GDAE tuning.

    https://eastwoodguitars.com/products/mrg-octave-mando
    Much more viable, at that scale length. If they do a lefty, I'll buy one.

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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    They might - Eastwood makes a lot of lefty stuff.
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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    oops I did it again
    Just got mine delivered today the walnut version
    it came tuned D G A E - but I was able to move it to GDAE, and it still holds tune and harmonics ... I have no idea on the gages
    I haven't plugged it in yet, and perhaps can post a demo in time
    it came with gig bag a 1/4 cable and some Allen keys

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    for the cost - the quality is decent, it is attractive, does not appear to be sloppy on finish or assembly
    no 0 fret, slim ivory covered binding - block fret inlay ( like hoss) 24 frets
    the action is nice, the frets are somewhat longer than my weber octave 22", and even my Ratliff mandocello- however slightly shorter than standard guitar
    the bridge is telecaster style, and it has no volume unplugged on the e string and not much on the rest ( like any solid body guitar- except its not solid)

    so for a semi hollow body octave mandolin its fairly decent. I suppose I would like to see slightly shorter frets and a better bridge
    I 'm not sure it could operate as a true mandocello, and don't really intend on going that direction with it- I will probably leave as octave.
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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    I love the look with the walnut finish. I've wanted to hear one and hadn't seen any YouTube videos of that model yet. What are you using for an amp?
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    Default Re: New Eastwood Mandocello

    I have a fender champ 100XL, sounds decent clean through it, I do like the compressor on it, chorus gives it a kind of King Crimson Discipline ? feel.
    I don't really get into distortion or anything like that
    I run it through t.c. electronics delay and a boss delay with boss reverb.
    won't have a demo up today, but hopefully soon.
    So far overall I'm very happy with it, and for the price I think its a pretty good deal.
    the scale is a little longer than I am used to but that does not seem to be a problem yet.
    I see they advertise an octave mandolin now but it looks like the same exact thing.
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