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Thread #124817   Message #2760069
Posted By: GUEST,Paul S
05-Nov-09 - 08:52 AM
Thread Name: F-style or A-style mandolin?
Subject: RE: F-style or A-style mandolin?
I've tried many mandolins and while there is a reasonably large variety in sound, I've only ever found two that I didn't like the sound of.

The first was a $120 Russian-made A-style with a round sound hole. It just sucked.

The second was a Dobro-style mandolin, with a resonator in it. Saw it in a music store in Syracuse, NY a few months ago. When I first saw it, my mind was blown because I'd never seen such a thing, and LOVE the gritty sound of resonator guitars. The sound was absolutely horrible though: tinny, too trebly, and WAY too much sustain.

While you certainly can't compete with an expensive old Gibson, even a cheap mandolin can sound really nice!