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    Yes, Eastwood. I already have an Eastman.
    I took a chance on this chambered electric mandolin with a humbucker pickup. Eastwood makes some really funky looking instruments, including mandocasters, but this appealed. Anyone with experience with these?
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    I own a couple of Eastwood instruments and I've always been happy with their product.

    But about 2 years ago I tried their electric mandola . Same look and headstock.
    I couldn't bond with it. It had a weird balance and I never got a good sound.

    They took it back with no problem, so it's worth a look I think.

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    I just bought the 4-string version, which they are marketing as a uke but there's no reason it couldn't be restrung. 15" scale. Looks nice. Haven't done anything with it yet.
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    My first Eastman is a El Rey guitar. It is the obvious ancestor of the El Rey mandolin. It's a guitar with some contradictions. First and emphatically, it's wayyy neck heavy, so heavy it's hard to believe anybody actually played the thing before they released the model. I bet the neck weighs more than the body. On the other hand it's my favorite guitar neck. It's also a very light guitar, which is good for me. In conclusion it's an odd, somewhat beautiful archtop electric guitar with a real lousy pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joed View Post
    My first Eastman is a El Rey guitar. It is the obvious ancestor of the El Rey mandolin. It's a guitar with some contradictions. First and emphatically, it's wayyy neck heavy, so heavy it's hard to believe anybody actually played the thing before they released the model. I bet the neck weighs more than the body. On the other hand it's my favorite guitar neck. It's also a very light guitar, which is good for me. In conclusion it's an odd, somewhat beautiful archtop electric guitar with a real lousy pickup.
    That looks sort of similar to the Eastwood, though this one is more like a solid body but chambered, with a flat top.
    It arrived today. Tunes well, the pickup actually sounds pretty nice. Fret ends poke a little, action is ok. It will be fun and a good match for my occasional use in my band.

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    Anyone out there ever string a 4 string tenor scale uke to GDAE tuning? I am thinking specifically the Vorson electric tenor uke; it is only like a $100. I believe it is a 17 inch scale...maybe too long? Any thoughts? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northfolk View Post
    Anyone out there ever string a 4 string tenor scale uke to GDAE tuning? I am thinking specifically the Vorson electric tenor uke; it is only like a $100. I believe it is a 17 inch scale...maybe too long? Any thoughts? Thanks.
    Soprano Uke (like my banjolele) is more suited to GDAE. Tenor is better converted to a mandola (CGDA). Use a string tension calculator and grab either a cheap six-string electric set that has closest to the appropriate gauges among them or even better buy four singles as closely balanced as possible.

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    Default Re: EastWOOD electric mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by northfolk View Post
    Anyone out there ever string a 4 string tenor scale uke to GDAE tuning? I am thinking specifically the Vorson electric tenor uke; it is only like a $100. I believe it is a 17 inch scale...maybe too long? Any thoughts? Thanks.
    I have strung a concert uke as a mandola. I forget which company does this, but there is a specific set for CGDA tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    I have strung a concert uke as a mandola. I forget which company does this, but there is a specific set for CGDA tuning.

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    Yes, Aquila makes two sets of strings for fifths tuning on either acoustic Soprano (GDAE) or Concert (CDGA) ukeleles. I use the AQ30s on the banjolele and they make it a fun if not very practical plucker with a familiar tuning. It is my smallest stringed instrument which means it's very portable if size is the only consideration.

    The strings are nylon however so wouldn't work for converting an electric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Daniels View Post
    The strings are nylon however so wouldn't work for converting an electric.

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    I use acoustic guitar strings on Baritone Uke's with great success using CGDA tuning.
    Silk and Steel sets work well.
    You just have to mind the gauges and experiment a bit.

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    I took the Eastwood mandolin to my local shop to have the nut slots cut deeper and for a set-up. Once it is a little more comfy to play, it should be a lot of fun.

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    I have the first version 8 string they made. It is OK but not spectacular. It got me by in a rock setting for awhile until I got a much better one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve in tampa View Post
    I have the first version 8 string they made. It is OK but not spectacular. It got me by in a rock setting for awhile until I got a much better one.
    OK is OK with me! Hasn't come back from set up yet.
    If it plays nice, I will be happy. Not my primary instrument, and I truly enjoy my acoustic mandolins.

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    Back from the tech today. Action became comfortable with just an adjustment to truss and intonation set.
    It plays really nice. The sound through an amp is good. A lot of adjustment via the tone knob.
    It's a keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc7 View Post
    Back from the tech today. Action became comfortable with just an adjustment to truss and intonation set.
    It plays really nice. The sound through an amp is good. A lot of adjustment via the tone knob.
    It's a keeper.
    It's good looking.
    I'm seriously tempted to go for their baritone uke when it's available.(basically a 4 string mandola)
    But it overlaps other instruments I have a little too much.

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    I've never been able to find a solid body 8-string electric mandolin that I thought sounded great - most often I hear a phase type noise which is annoying I do love me some 4 string (or even better, 5 string) electric mandolins though
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbruno View Post
    I've never been able to find a solid body 8-string electric mandolin that I thought sounded great - most often I hear a phase type noise which is annoying I do love me some 4 string (or even better, 5 string) electric mandolins though
    I get a good clean sound, more "acoustic-y" than I expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    It's good looking.
    I'm seriously tempted to go for their baritone uke when it's available.(basically a 4 string mandola)
    But it overlaps other instruments I have a little too much.
    They have a number of instruments in this MRG series. I am tempted by their resonator guitar...
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