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 Roger Landes on 29th Sep 2015
This is a really cool octave 12 string. Very playable. Comes well set up and intonated.
Balance. Headstock dips when on a strap. This might be unavoidable with 12 sealed tuners requiring a large headstock on such a short scale instrument.
Neck: I found the neck to be quite thick but that is probably just personal taste.
Pickups: Noticeably weak on the high E strings pair. With no pole pieces they are not adjustable. May have to replace. The pickups are one item that Eastwood might have skimped on.
15.5" scale is perfect for an octave 12.
Neck is plenty wide enough to comfortably chord and solo.
Sea Foam Green finish is great.
Body and neck binding great.
I love that it has a zero fret!
LOVE that the stringing of the octave pairs on the E A and D strings has the higher string on the bottom of the pair (a la Rickenbacker).
Excellent bridge that is individually intonatable for each string. Controls are fine.
Well worth the money. I think it is perhaps not a limited use item as I first thought. It sounds amazing in dropped-D and I find that I have different arranging ideas on the shorter scale.
Posted by Jipes Blues on 29th Sep 2015
The Mandocaster is seriously build and quite well finished. There's no sharp frets or sharp parts on the bridge. The neck is smooth and action is set up low enough to allow a nice playing strumming or even fingerpicking.
The single coil pickups are good and deliver a nice clean sound. The combination of both pickupgives a real plus ! There's a small intonation problem on the low E string which has to be corrected via the set-up screws on the bridge.
It's possible to play all along the neck even around the 12th fret without trouble. Overall it's worth the money invested
Posted by Teresa, Littleton, Colorado on 31st Jan 2015
Amazingly beautiful and perfectly sized for me!! Thanks so much!
Posted by Thami on 5th Jan 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.
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