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December 25th, 2006

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06:09 pm - We ride with kings on mighty steeds.
Ahoy, all.

I've recently become interested in mandolin. I've been looking to buy one as I have played a few that my friends own. I've been looking for mandolins on musiciansfriend.com. I have around $300 on my hands at the moment and I've read reviews on the Fender mandolins, but some have said that the Rogue mandolins were just as good or better, and for far less money.

As a bass guitarist, I haven't heard many good things about Rogue bass guitars so I'm a little skeptical about the quality of their mandolins.

Help me!
Thanks :]
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Date:December 26th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Rogue mandolins = yuck. Fender mandolins are a bit more well made than the Rogue mandos, but I find them overpriced for the sound they produce. For bang for your buck, I like the Epiphone MM-20. At $130 it's quite cheap and the one I used to own had great playability even if the tone was a little lacking. The Kentucky KM-250S is supposed to a pretty good bargain too at $250, but I don't have any personal experience with it.
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Date:December 26th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Ooh thank you! The reviews on the Epiphone MM-20 are very good.
Thank you for your input :]
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Date:December 26th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
I have a Kentucky F model I bought off of eBay. It has passable enough sound and I've been working on the action which was a bit low and buzzy when I got it. I've played others of the same make and there is a wide variation in tone.
I'd say go to a music store and try out the different ones in your price range. Almost everything is made in China or Korea in the lower price ranges.
You can always work on the action.
Go check frets.com, they have a mandolin section I've found helpful.
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Date:December 26th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :]

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