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!
Posted by the picker on 6th Nov 2014
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 Dave J. from western Canada. on 27th May 2014
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.