The different sounds of the electric mandolin
The electric mandolin is available in both a four string course and an eight-string course. The electric mandolin is very similar as an instrument to the electric guitar as they both contain a pickup and they both have the ability to adjust the tone. The tone of the electric mandolin that you have will depend on your instrument, the sound of the amp and even the string setup that you have.
Four String Course
The four-string electric mandolin is not similar at all to the acoustic version. The four string single course has been produced by several different brands over the years and this includes Fender, Gibson and even Yamaha. The smaller four string course mandolin is very similar to that of a Fender Stratocaster. The Gibson mandolin is known as being the Mandobird and it is based on a smaller version of the Firebird. Four string mandolins are available in carved top bodies however they are also available as semi-acoustic versions as well.
Eight String Course
The eight string course electric mandolin is sold by brands such as Eastwood and they are commonly referred to as being Mandocasters. The body for an eight string mandolin is often based on the Telecaster guitar shape and it commonly comes with two pickups and a pickup switch. These are often seen in Stratocaster guitars. It is very similar to that of a guitar however it has the ability to go an octave or two higher. The electric mandolin is known for being one of the most versatile string instruments out there and it can be used to play a range of music. This can include rock, metal and even jazz in some instances. The mandolin that you choose will depend on the type of music that you want to play.