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About The Mandolin:

History Of Mandolins

  • The mandolin continues to be a popular and vital instrument for players in all genres.

  • In country music, the mandolin has made quite a comeback since the heyday of the Nashville sound in the ’60s and ’70s, with the powerful neo-traditionalist movement that re-introduced the mandolin to audiences.

  • In rock music, the mandolin has been present since the late ’60s, from the acoustic-tinged albums of Rod Stewart to the heady acoustic ballads of Led Zeppelin—all of which made the mandolin a familiar sound to rock audiences.

  • Today, the growing interest in unplugged and singer/songwriter music continues to showcase the mandolin.

Types Of Mandolins

  • Mandolins come in several forms.

  • The Neapolitan style, known as a round-back or bowl-back, which has a vaulted back made of a number of strips of wood in a bowl formation, similar to a lute, and usually an uncarved top.

  • Another form has a banjo-style body. The archtop-style is credited to mandolins designed and built by Orville Gibson, founder of the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company in 1902. G

  • ibson mandolins evolved into two basic styles: the Florentine or F-style, which has a decorative scroll near the neck, two points on the lower body, and usually a scroll carved into the headstock, and the A-style, which is pear shaped, has no points and usually has a simpler headstock.

Difference Between A-Style And F-Style Mandolins

  • A-style and F-style mandolins generally have either two f-shaped soundholes like a violin or an oval soundhole directly under the strings.

  • Generally, F-style mandolins are strongly associated with bluegrass, while the A-style is associated other types of music, although it too is most often used for and associated with bluegrass.

  • The F-style mandolin’s more complicated woodwork also generally translates into a more expensive instrument.

Electric Mandolins

  • As with almost every other contemporary string instrument, another modern variant is the electric mandolin.

  • These mandolins can have four or five individual or double courses of strings. Whatever your style or musical preference, a mandolin makes a great addition to any player’s arsenal.