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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Bigdogdaddy, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Bigdogdaddy

    Bigdogdaddy Strat-O-Master

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    I always wanted one to try to learn. I kinda like bluegrass. It's a Fender FM-53S so I hope I don't get banned for posting it. I haven't named her yet.

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  2. Smokey3

    Smokey3 Strat-O-Master

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    It's a beauty, I started out playing banjo when I was 5 years old and not bragging but I'm a pretty good picker on one. I switched to Guitar when I was about 13 because I feel in love with creedance Clearwater Revival and they just changed my musical world forever. I did try to play the mandolin once but I'm just more of a finger picking guy. I love Bill Monroe though and still play a little bluegrass from time to time. I hope you like it and enjoy playing it because they do make some beautiful music. Good luck
     
  3. Namelyguitar

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    Oh, yeah! There’s more than a few Mandolin players on ST!

    I became a regular when I bought my first- this summer (A body-style). Then, a buddy bought an F style!

    Mandolin Cafe is a great forum, and Bluegrass is so much fun!
     
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    I was gifted one a couple of years ago. I need to spend more time with it. I can break off some halfway decent leads, but need to get the chord shapes down. I love the way it sounds.
     
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    My dad gave me a bowl back mandolin that was a room decoration. It needs repair. But I did learn to play the put to mando part of Maggie May on it. But it's been unplayable for the last couple of years. It's Japanese. Suzuki made. Has real MOP on it. Too much to have it fixed though. Sometimes you can play it for a half hour till it goes pop, and then is out of tune.
     
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    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Just found this thread. I am not so much a mandolin player as I am a mandolin owner, but I do like to noodle. I have an Ovation.

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    And I have this one incoming:

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    Here's one of my rare appearances playing the Ovation:

     
  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not as much as I used to, arthritis gets in the way now.

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  8. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Strat-O-Master

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    I got this in a trade for a really nice Warmoth Tele. It's a 1964 Epiphone Venetian made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo. I hadn't planned on keeping it but I learned a few chords and loved the sound. It's been hanging around a couple of years now so I guess it's a keeper.

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  9. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you look past the plywood models, Kentucky (brand) makes fine instruments. I have and recommend the KM-380, or others in their lineup.
     
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    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    My electric Mandolin just came in. It's got to be the cutest instrument ever made :p

    It needs new strings. I have acoustic mandolin strings here, I'm guessing those will work. Then I need to find some sort of case for it.
     
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    I've got a 1919 A2 that I play out. Cool instrument, but tough on the fingers, hence the nickname, "cheese slicer".
     
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  12. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sure! Having been a pro-guitarist of 30+ years, doing a 7-year stint as a pro 5-string banjo player (in the 90s), I just last month decided to have a go at mandolin with this old lady. So far, so good! Weird chord shapes though!!!

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  13. davidKOS

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    I have played Italian, classical, jazz, choro, Klezmer, Russian, Greek, and American music on mandolin since the early 70's.

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  14. davidKOS

    davidKOS playing, teaching, recording Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Think of the chords as reversed from bass - the bass's EADG becomes GDAE on mandolin.
     
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  15. mapleglo

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    Another great aspect of the mandolin is that I only have to clean off half my work bench to change strings. Also cleaned off what appeared to be about 10 years of gunk from the fretboard.

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    Calling myself a "Mandolin Player" might be a bit of a stretch, but I own a decent F style and I do occasionally "play" (with) it.
     
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