New Guitar Body Octave Mandolin
I just received a new guitar body octave mandolin (GBOM) crafted by luthier Mike Black of Mike Black Mandolins It’s a beautiful instrument to play and look at, and I can’t put it down. In a past post, I featured two other instruments — my original Trinity College Irish bouzouki and the guitar body Irish bouzouki that luthier Paddy Burgin in New Zealand made for me. I still have the former, but I sold the latter. Its flat top gave it a sound more like a guitar than something in the mandolin family, which was not what I was looking for, although the instrument was beautiful. The Black GBOM has that distinctive mando family sound, with a richness that far exceeds the commercially produced Trinity College bouzouki. Also, because octave mandolins have a shorter scale length (21-3/4″ in this case) than bouzoukis (the Trinity College scale length is 26″), it is significantly easier to play — the frets are closer together and the string tension is considerably less.
All around a fantastic instruments!
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