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Mandolin Review & Jesse James - traditional

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Published on Oct 18, 2009

The Mando reveiw is for those who asked for it. Song starts @ 2:30 if you want to skip the review...

$299 with a case and a strap - I don't think you can find a much better deal for the price. Especially for no laminates.

I don't know how to play mando yet - just had it for a couple of days and can just fake my way around.

This song pops up from time to time, this is close to how I remember it as a kid. It's one of my favorites, supposedly written long after Jesse's death but before Ford died - Whenever I play it, I wonder what Bob thought of it.

I couldn't think of a better first mando song.

Someday I'll learn to play in another key.

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Mack .Doggs
Probably just the cheap ass strings it comes with. 
BluegrassBoy
Nice, man! I found your review and video because I just bought my first mando on a whim (I'm a guitar guy). I saw the Monroe MAM 200 in a folk shop and it really spoke to me, both in terms of playability, sound and looks. And your song reminded me I've been meaning to learn this one. It's going to be my first mando song, I guess! Love the way you sing and play this tune. No frills, just straight from the heart. Awesome. 
zeppy13131
Nice! No reflection on your performance, but IMHO this mando sounds cheap and whiny to me. I think anyone considering these would be much happier ponying up another $100-150 for a Kentucky KM-505. Their tone is way better than this one's, and they're v. nice-looking too. There are probably some videos of 'em here. And when you review something, how about including its brand and model in your video's title and/or text? It's hard to hear the model number here because you dropped your voice.
rustler540
@GrumpyCoyoteTunes hehe...Thanks! I tried tuneing it before your reply and I broke a string.....oh well,I think I almost have it though,very close.Thanks ;o)
GrumpyCoyoteTunes
@rustler540 Not sure. You could try tuning the mando down with those strings.... As long as you are not tuning up, it won't hurt to see if it works (Low g CEA). Again, don't tune up - you'll break your mando. Might just work.
rustler540
@GrumpyCoyoteTunes Hey Grumpy,thanks for the reply,any idea on what type of strings?
GrumpyCoyoteTunes
@rustler540 I've never heard of that approach. I suppose it's possible, with the right guage strings (you'll have to fake it). I do the opposite - I tune one of my ukes like a mandolin, but again, you need the right strings.
rustler540
Hey grumpy,I just bought a mandolin,I heard from a friend of friend of a friend.....you can tune a mandolin like a ukulele and chord it the same as a uke,Do you know about this??
Mandolin1944
Very very nice video!! I LOVE your singing and its hard to sing along with an f-hole mando -- no sustain and all. That's also a nice little axe -- years ago I had an MM f-model and it did real fine for me. A 'hog mando is an interesting idea -- and it does sound brighter than ya might think for that wood -- but its a fine sound. Those tuners are Pings from China -- not Grovers -- but they are well-made and should work out great for you. Fine job -- I wish I could sing like you.
mctrmt
Just spectacular, Grumpy! You're an excellent faker. Congrats on the new instrument.
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