Monday, 6 May 2013
Eastwood Airline Mandola - Review
REVIEW - Eastwood Airline MAP Mandola in Seafoam Green (updated Jan 2015).
Hi y'awl, I just wanted to share with you how much I'm loving my Eastwood Airline MAP mandola.
I bought it online about three years ago, since when I've used it on stage and in the recording studio literally hundreds of times.
Great things come in small packages - very true of this cutey. Its such a funky - looking animal, very appealing, very sixties retro, and what a wild colour, man!
The solid - body shape is the American map, but on my lefty, it’s a mirror image of course.
It’s drawn loads of queries, admiring comments, and one “New guitar, Dave?“
It’s really in the zone to play. If you can play the mandolin, after a few minutes familiarisation you can play the mandola too, as the chord shapes are the same. It’s just ”seven frets lower”, - a deeper voicing compared to it's baby sister.
The model is comfortable and light and is a dream to play. It has a nice slim neck, perfect for my taste, and is very stable.
Tuning and gauges of my preferred strings :- C- 36, G-24, D -16, A- 10. (Standard mandola tuning)
For live gigs, I used to carry both an electric mandolin and the mandola, however, I latterly started to simply leave the mandolin at home, and by the magic of using a capo, I discovered I only needed to take the Eastwood. Capo-ed at fret 7, the mandola becomes a mandolin. I can recommended this as working very well indeed and I've encountered no intonation issues. At the time of writing I'm using the mandola capo-ed up on stage for six numbers.
Aside from sounding like an electric mandola,obviously, if I had to describe the sound of this instrument I'd say it's a lot like a 12 string electric guitar, with a loud bright ringing tone producing some nice chords, virtually replicating the jingle jangle of the electric Byrds.
The pick up seems to be a notch louder / hotter through my amp(s) than my electric guitars.
Stage amplification - I'm currently mostly playing through a 1 X12 Peavey 40w Combo (occasionally mic-ed up), and the mandola sounds really neat played clean with just the slightest tiny touch of reverb.
This mandola is cool, I think it’s great and I’m absolutely using it more and more - it's already prominently in the mix of my work-in-progress next EP release.
By the way, I'm not affiliated with Eastwood Guitars in any way, I just happen to love this mandola.