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Mandolins play a very important role in a bluegrass band, both as a lead and a rhythm instrument. As, traditionally, there are no drums in bluegrass music, the mandolin provides the very important "chunk" on the 2nd and 4th beat as a compliment to the bass line on the 1st and 3rd beat, much as a snare drum would provide. The mandolin is played with a flatpick and the lead parts are very melodic. Other common mandolin techniques are trilling and crosspicking.
Mandolins Under $250.00
The beginning mandolin player is fortunate today in that there are a large number of quality mandolins available for under two-hundred and fifty dollars, which can fit just about anyone's budget. Now that's not to say they are going to make you sound like Bill Monroe, but there all very playable, stay in tune and can be a great way to get started. The mandolins in this price category are all "A" style mandolins are they are less expensive to manufacturer than the "F" Style.
Mandolins $250 - $500
The mandolin is actually a descendent of the lute family of instruments. The typical bluegrass mandolin has 8 strings, four sets of 2 adjacent strings tuned to the same note. The tuning is the same as the violin (GDAE) and the exact reverse of a bass. We have a great selection of mandolins in this price range, mostly A styles, some with solid woods, but also a few F styles. As always, you should buy as much mandolin as your budget allows, but if your budget puts you in this category, rest assured that you can find a great instrument here!
Mandolins $500 - $1,000
Jumping into this price range of mandolins buys you mostly F-styles with higher quality woods, and a higher level of craftsmanship. Even the imports in this price range are of very high quality. We set up each mandolin very carefully so that it is ready to play when you receive it. As always, you can buy your mandolin with confidence due to our 30-day, no questions asked, money back return policy.
Mandolins over $1,000
If you have a mandolin budget of $1,000 or more, you are in a position to buy a truly fine instrument that will last you a lifetime. Whether you are a professional, or a beginner to intermediate player who wants to play a great instrument, you are sure to find the mandolin of your dreams here. You can finance your mandolin for 6 months with no interest of payments!