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Body of an archtop acoustic. Neck and strings of an Octave Mandolin. I like it. Always found the regular mandolin a little small and cramped to play.

 

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Saw something similar at L&M. It was called a mandotar I believe. Thought it sounded pretty good but was a little disappointed that it didn't have 12 strings for a truer mandolin sound.
 

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Something that is more affordable....


14 fret - 23" scale. You can even string it like a 8 string guitar instead of a mandolin if you want. Think Tenor Guitar but with strings doubled like a 12 string.
 

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How much do these two examples go for? The one I mentioned was around 600-700.
Some mandolins are pretty expensive. L&M has a Gibson in their site that is $14k. Ouch!
 

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Eek! The amount I would use it the $119 Denver I saw today would suit me fine. But you are right, those necks are small.
 

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Slightly smaller Pono Octave Mandolin. 21.5" scale, 12 fret to the body...

 
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