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    I just received an Eastman MD304 I ordered online. The fingerboard is fully attached to the front body, unlike a MD505 I played at one time. I had not noticed this prior to ordering.

    Other than not being able to string a strap under the fingerboard, is there any other disadvantage to the fully attached fingerboard design of the MD304.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    I looked at some other models. I guess it has to do with the oval sound hole. Interesting.

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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    It's a designed based on the old Gibson oval sound holes. Enjoy your new mandolin. The couple of that model I've heard have been nice.
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    My MD305's fingerboard is attached just about all the way down. There might be an inch on the underside of the fingerboard that is shaped so it doesn't contact the body. Apart from that, it's attached.
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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    Do you want an oval hole mandolin modeled after the early Gibsons or a f-hole mandolin made with an oval? The former traditional, the latter modern. I've had both and prefer the former.

    I do like f-hole mandolins also!

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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Lagrand View Post
    My MD305's fingerboard is attached just about all the way down. There might be an inch on the underside of the fingerboard that is shaped so it doesn't contact the body. Apart from that, it's attached.
    Agreed - my 305 F hole type looks like it has a wedge glued under the end of the fingerboard, with just enough fb overhang left to fit a strap bootlace. That overhang looks to be over the soundhole on the 304. I guess you could get a strap button fitted somewhere around the neck heel on the 304. We're certainly not going to suffer from the fingerboard dipping at the end, if any of us play up there

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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    Quote Originally Posted by fatt-dad View Post
    ...a f-hole mandolin made with an oval...
    Oxymoron alert. Perhaps "F-model with an oval sound hole?"
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    Default Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    Eastman has gone with a more "retro" or "traditional" design with their ovals. Also notice where the fretboard meets the body at the 12th fret instead of the 14th.

    Compared to the modern Kentucky ovals which sport an elevated fretboard that's joined at the 14th fret. Weber and others do the same.

    Both, to me, have slightly different tone qualities. 14th fret joint mandolins are more comfortable to me.

    Congrats and happy picking!

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    No, My 1922 A4 is like that & its just Fine..
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    I still got a strap on mine - the kind with a shoestring at the end. The end of the fingerboard is enough of an edge for the shoestring to work ok.
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