Since 2005 Eastwood's Mandocaster™ has been one of the top selling electric mandolins in the world. This 2014 addition to the Mandocaster family is an Octave Guitar. It is tuned the same as any standard guitar, E-E, but an octave higher. Like putting a capo on the 12th fret of your 12 string guitar, but with a longer, more manageable scale length. A perfect addition to your studio!
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Posted by Kyle S. on 18th Nov 2015
I love my little mandocaster 12. The seafoam green is a rad color. I found that the frets were in good condition & didn't need any attention. I have noticed that there is some neck dive (the body is so small and light), so I plan on remedying this by interlocking a 1 pound scuba weight on my guitar strap which should help. I wanted something a little different for mine, so I had WD Music make me a custom pickguard, put in lipstick pickups and Emerson Custom electronics. Sounds amazing. Grab one. Such a cool guitar for textures and sounds great with reverb and delay.
Here it is (if not visible you can see it on instagram, "iamkylesmith"):
Posted by Chris J. on 30th Sep 2015
I just received my Mandocaster 12 in Seafoam Green. It looks amazing and sounds great but it's pretty tough to play. The nut looks like it will need some attention, as well as, the intonation and action. All fixable but still a bummer as I was hoping to gig with it right out of the box... Off to the luthier it goes!
This is what I expected at this price. Maybe the F Bass (formerly Hammertone) model or TEO would've been better setup out of the box but they're almost twice the price.
Posted by Dave J. from western Canada. on 29th Sep 2015
What a lovely little bugger this thing has turned out to be. It required a lot of work when I first got it - the frets were buzzing and the strings were substandard - but I've never had a new guitar that didn't need some work, and a luthier dressed the neck and frets properly. I installed a set of light Ernie Ball chromes [which still may not be the right choice - might try something bronze next] but they speed up the neck nicely. It's best played through an amp with a lot of bass tonality - when I play on flat settings it comes across as some kind of an autoharp, but there is some nice midrange if you're patient in sorting your equipment. It's more a country-rock instrument than anything else - Creedence is fun through it, as well as Skyyard and some Dixie Chicks. It's another arrow in a musician's quiver, and a fun one at that - but be prepared to spend some time sorting it out.
Posted by picker on 29th Sep 2015
Wow…what a fun instrument.
I bought it because I wanted that extra string twang. I saw a picture of the Mandocaster 12 and searched until I found its maker ..
I have a gold tone 6 string and an Ovation 8 string electric mando
But I like the fact it is tuned like a guitar. I have more fun that way.
And we play loud and this thing likes that :). And the best deal out there in my opinion.
The slightly longer scale makes it easier to play ( its still mando size )
Out of the box I made a few adjustments…neck, bridge …. Who ever designed that bridge must have been a player…. It has individual intonation adjustments for each pair of strings (and the 2nd set has even more options with adjustment holes for the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 string saddle) I took an hour and set it perfect. Very impressed. ( and eastwood sends you the wrenches that fit ! ) and I got extra strings … a ¼ cable, a warranty and a note that someone actually set it up ( it was very playable out of the box..i just made it better for me) . I did adjust the pickups high on the treble side and lower on the bass side to balance the string volume… and they are single coil !.. that middle position is like a strat with single coils ( makes them humbucker). The pickup switch is kinda in my way unless to the full treble ( rear pickup) position… but I can live with that….
Boxed well, received it on time, got a great deal on price and for sure a keeper !
But…. I did find a unique flaw…..look close at the picture… the last single dot inlay is at C#, not C…… a real mando would be there, but this is strung like a guitar…. I had to mark it out and add a dot in the proper place ( subliminally when you run the neck you will see what I mean)
Nice set of tuners. Very solid… not heavy, but not light. You will get “ what is that “ questions as soon as you bring it out.
Buy it. Play it. Have fun.
And Eastwood has a new happy customer who will be back again.
Posted by Thami on 29th Sep 2015
Very nice octave 12-string guitar. Tunes & intonates well, the neck is tight and wide enough for serious picking, and the pick-ups are decent, though I will likely replace them at some point. It feels good to play, hefty without being tiresome. Durability shouldn't be a problem. Twelve-string guitars rule, and this one's a keeper! I really would've preferred a surf green one, though.
Posted by Teresa, Littleton, Colorado on 29th Sep 2015
Amazingly beautiful and perfectly sized for me!! Thanks so much!
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