« A case for DIY only »Published on 11/15/13 at 05:35
The table is made of wood (I do not venture to assume if it is solid wood or plywood) pretty enough, the back is made of resin.
The varnish is well established, but there are still traces of glue at the bridge.
The mechanical quality is not great.
The handle is very nice, the bridge and the nut (plastoc) absolutely MUST be set, otherwise the action is too high and virtually unplayable mandolin. This makes (home replacement by bone parts), the game is easy, but despite the cutaway, access to the latest freight is impractical ... On the other hand, apart Grisman, playing beyond the 17th freight??
Pure acoustic sound is not powerful enough lens, with little sustain. Connected, it is very good, with the grain of an acoustic mandolin and a very good record. Good thing it is to play amplified that I took (I have an excellent Kasuga to make acoustic)
The sound suits my style of music, because it is too typical, and the mandolin is quite versatile. The sound is exceptionally beautiful and original, but not bad.
I use it for ten days. I had tried before - as electro acoustic mandolin - a Fender 52s (to avoid: the acoustic sound is crappy, and connected it does not sound very 'mando').
I do not like the glued bridge (that's guitar), the general shape too close to that of a guitar, 10th fret marker placed on the ninth box (like a guitar) - basically I do not like not the characteristics of this guitar mandolin. I love the sound connected directly to the table and the response of the equalizer. Case resin provides strength that will make this my mandolin instrument track (or travel).
At that price, the value is excellent ... At the new price (around £ 200), it is another story, especially if you do not know the bridge and set the saddle itself ...
With experience, I remake this choice at this price point ... Otherwise, if I really had the money, I will turn to a rather Ovation or even more through a Godin A8.