Mandolins

Thank You, Orville Gibson

Mandolins are stringed instruments that trace their ancestry to a mandola, an Italian musical instrument. They have four pairs of strings and are often compared to the violin on account of their early design and...

the way their strings are tuned.

However, this is where the similarity between the two instruments ends. The mandolin, unlike the violin, has a fretted fingerboard, and is unable to sustain a musical note for long which is the high point of a violin.

Mandolists are therefore forced to make use of tremolo to sustain long musical notes.

Mandolins Are Not Violins

Traditionally, the mandolin was round or bowl-back, a style that is popularly known as Neapolitan. However, the modern version is flat-top, and the credit for developing this kind goes to Orville Gibson. He developed two clear styles in the early 20th century - both influenced by the violin.

They are the A-style mandolin, a tear shape and the F-style with a scroll near the neck and two points. Each style is available with two different kinds of sound holes: oval shaped or F-shaped. Both these musical instruments have arched tops and backs.

The Gibson mandolin came to be known as the Bluegrass mandolin, thanks to Charlie Monroe, the great mandolinist of 1930s whose band was known as the Bluegrass Boys. Charlie, who used an F-style and played it fast and furious.

Besides Bluegrass, mandolins have another popular form, the folk mandolin with a large and deep body and round sound holes. The tops and backs of these are mostly flat, and rarely arched.

Mandolins have also been used in jazz and classical styles of music, fascinating some great musicians. Among the famous names who composed music for mandolins are Ludwig van Beethoven, W. A. Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, and Igor Stravinsky.

 

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Harley Benton HBMA-50E Mandoline VS

Electric Mandolin

211

Spruce top, Basswood body, Nato neck (Palaquium spp.), Blackwood fretboard (Pinus Radiata), 20 Frets, Dot fretboard inlays, Blackwood bridge,...

Harley Benton HBMA-50 Mandoline VS

Mandolin

103

Bluegrass series, Spruce top, 20 Frets, Dot inlays, Blackwood bridge, Cream binding

Harley Benton HBMA-100E- VS

Electric mandolin

68

Bluegrass series, Spruce top, 20 Frets, Dot inlays, Blackwood bridge, Cream binding, Volume and tone controls, D'Addario strings

The Loar LM-110-BRB

Mandolin

4

Ivoroid binding, 20 Frets, Grover machine heads

Harley Benton HBMA-100 VS

Mandolin

45

Bluegrass series, Dot inlays, 20 Frets, Blackwood bridge (Pinus radiata), Creme binding, Gold-plated hardware

The Loar LM-520-VS

F-Mandolin

24

Arched solid spruce top, Arched solid maple back, Solid maple sides, Maple neck, Padauk fretboard, V-Profile, Bone saddle, Compensated adjustable...

Harley Benton HBMA-50E Mandoline BK

Electric mandolin

88

Bluegrass series, Spruce top, 20 Frets, Dot inlays, Blackwood bridge, Cream binding, Volume and tone control

Ovation MM68AX Mandoline

Electric Mandolin

4

Multi-soundhole, Cream-coloured body binding with herringbone inlays, Gold Grover machine heads with pearloid buttons, Ovation OCP pickup with...

Harley Benton MA-500 VS Bluegrass Series

Electric Mandolin

64

20 Frets, Double action truss rod, 3-Way switch

The Loar LM-310F-BRB

Mandolin

9

F-style, Solid spruce top, Maple neck, Ivoroid binding, 20 Frets, Grover machine heads

Luna Guitars BGM Moon A Mandolin BK

A-Style Mandolin

1

20 Frets, Chrome hardware, Open-gear tuners, Piezo pickup, 1 Volume and 1 tone control

Harley Benton HBMA-50 Mandoline BK

Mandolin

89

Bluegrass series, Spruce top, 20 Frets, Dot inlays, Blackwood bridge, Cream binding

Hamaril Mandolin Set

Harley Benton HBMA-100E- VS

0

Electric mandolin, Bluegrass series, Spruce top, 20 Frets, Dot inlays, Blackwood bridge, Cream binding, Volume and tone controls, D'Addario strings

Gold Tone F-6

Mando-Guitar

3

Slim neck profile, Dot fretboard inlays, 2-Way adjustable tension rod, Adjustable ebony bridge, Trapeze tailpiece, Black and white body binding,...

Godin A8 Mandolin Cognacburst

Electric Mandolin

2

Includes a gig bag

Gewa Pro Natura Mandola

Flat-backed Mandolin

10

Portuguese shape, Solid spruce top, Inlayed wooden pickguard, Maple neck, Slotted headstock, Acacia fretboard, Made in Europe

Ortega RMFE100AVO

Mandolin

11

F-Style, Solid spruce top, 50 mm Body depth, Maple neck (flamed), 2-way truss rod, 345 mm scale, Ebony fretboard, 24 Frets, Ortega Double Bow...

Ortega RMA50VY

1

Spruce top, Basswood body, Nato neck (Palaquium spp.), Blackwood fretboard (Pinus Radiata), 20 Frets, Dot fretboard inlays, Blackwood bridge,...

Seagull S8 Mandoline Burnt Umber

Mandolin

0

22 Frets, Made in Canada

Seagull S8 Mandoline EQ Sunburst

Mandolin

2

With pickup, Solid spruce top, Maple bottom and sides, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Dot fretboard inlays, 22 Frets,...

Epiphone MM-30

Mandoline

13

Bluegrass series, Teardrop Shape, Solid spruce top, Rosewood fretboard, Gold-plated hardware

Recording King RAM-3-TS Mandoline

0

Spruce top, Basswood body, Nato neck (Palaquium spp.), Blackwood fretboard (Pinus Radiata), 20 Frets, Dot fretboard inlays, Blackwood bridge,...

Godin A8 Mandolin Natural SG

SGE Mandolin

0

Includes a gig bag

The Loar LM-600-VS

F-Mandolin

17

Arched spruce top worked out of the full trunk, Flamed maple back and flamed solid maple sides, Maple neck, Ebony fretboard with binding, Loar...

Ortega RMAE40SBK

Electric Mandolin

13

24 Frets, Ortega Double Bow fretboard inlay in 12th fret, Rosewood bridge (Dalbergia latifolia), Chrome-plated machine heads, UKM-4 Electronics,...

Luna Guitars BGM Moon F Mandolin BK

F-Style Mandolin

1

24 Frets, Open gear machine heads, Piezo pickup, 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob

Harley Benton MA-500 SB Bundle

Harley Benton MA-500 VS Bluegrass Series

4

Electric Mandolin, 20 Frets, Double action truss rod, 3-Way switch, Ebossed RockBag logo

Gold Tone GM-70+

F-Style Mandolin

0

Traditional fretboard inlays, 2-Way adjustable truss rod, Cast tailpiece, Open machine heads, Gold-plated hardware

Gold Tone F-12 Sunburst Satin

F-Style Mando Guitar

1

Dot inlays, Cream Body Binding, Adjustable ebony bridge, Trapeze tailpiece, Open machine heads, Pickup under the bridge, Tuning E-A-D-G-B-E,...

Epiphone MM-40L

Mandolin

0

Nickel Hardware

Gibson Doyle Lawson Mandolin

F-style Mandolin

0

Doyle Lawson Signature Model, With F-Holes, Tone Bars Bracing, 21 Frets, "Floral" inlays the headstock, Adjustable ebony bridge, Gold plated Grover...

Seagull S8 Mandoline Natural

Mandolin

0

22 Frets, Made in Canada

Gibson F-5L The Fern Mandoline

Mandolin

4

F-style mandolin, Spruce top, F-Holes, Tone Bars Bracing, Rounded V maple neck, Ebony fretboard, Fern inlay in the headstock, 29 Frets, Adjustable...

Gibson F-5G

Mandolin

3

Spruce top, Maple neck, Rounded V-profile, Rosewood fretboard, F-holes, Tone bar bracing, 29 Frets, Adjustable ebony bridge, Nickel-plated Grover...