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Comment by Dan Randolph on January 9, 2012 at 4:30pm


The pick up is from jjb electronics.  At $20 .. I love it.  It is happier with a preamp, but I usually run it straight into my amp.  I have another that I occasionally use on my Grammers. For $20 .. I recommend it!

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 8, 2012 at 6:21pm

Hey Dan,

What type of pickup do you have on the Loar?  And how do you like it! I have a Dean Markley stick on that looks like yours only the disk is maple on mine.  It works well but is designed to be used on a guitar so it's a little big!   Thanks, Edward

Comment by Dan Randolph on January 8, 2012 at 1:57pm

My 2 Mandos.

Comment by Dan Randolph on January 8, 2012 at 1:41pm

Hello everyone.

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 8, 2012 at 6:39am

I use a Paige mando capo on my mandolin and it works great! Here is some info on it.  You also have to determine if your mando has a flat fingerboard (no radius) or if it has a radiused fingerboard...Paige has one for both! Edward

Banjo / Mandolin, No Radius (4th fret max on a 5 string banjo) PC-B4-1.437
(Width 1 7/16, Open Depth 1 3/16, Closed Depth 3/4)
Our smallest banjo/mandolin capo. Fits to the 4th fret on a 5 string and works very well on a mandolin.
Banjo / Mandolin, W/Radius (4th fret max on a 5 string banjo) PC-B4-1.437-R
(Width 1 7/16, Open Depth 1 3/16, Closed Depth 3/4)
Same as PC-4B-1.437 except it has a radiused bar.

Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 8, 2012 at 3:51am

With this type of capo, there's 2 sources of problem when it doesn't work right:

1) What's the difference in length between the "plastic" tube that lays across the strings, and the width of the fingerboard?  If the tube hangs off the sides of the fingerboard, when the elastic is hooked on, it will bend the contact points of the tube, and only hold the strings down on the edge, not the center, of the fretboard.

2) The elastic is strong enough for a 4-string banjo, but not for an 8-string mando; too many strings =  more tension than it can deal with.

I use this style of capo preferentially on my nylon-sting guitars (low tension), but for my guitars and mandos, I go with Kysers, and a Shubb on the thick-necked mando that can't take a Kyser.

Comment by Craig Fowler on January 7, 2012 at 10:33pm
I picked up a Bill Russell elastic capo today thinking it was for a mandolin. The person at the music store said it was appropriate for mandolin. It is the first capo of this type I have used. I can't seem to attach it to the fretboard such that it properly mutes the strings. It does not seem to grip tight enough. Anyone know anything about this type of capo?
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 30, 2011 at 11:31am

Try for tones and tons of interesting stuff:

You can also go to Chordie at and put in a song title or artist you like and then when the page comes up you can choose "Mandolin" as your instrument and it will give you the mandolin chords for that song!  You can then click back to guitar chords (the default) and print out the guitar chords for a friend to play while you play mandolin. It will also allow you to change the key, which changes all the chords, up or down to suit your vocal range!  Cool stuff!!!  Edward


Comment by Craig Fowler on December 30, 2011 at 11:03am

My mandolin arrived today and I've started by learning the riff from Rod Stewart's Maggie Mae (pretty simple). This song choice may give you a sense of my sense of taste (or lack there of) in music. Other songs I know that feature mandolin parts include R.E.M. Losing My Religion and Led Zeppelin "Battle of Evermore" & "Going to California". However, I am interested in learning a lot more than rock/pop tunes. Where is the best place to find chords/tab for mandolin?

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 27, 2011 at 1:05pm

Hey Craig, you are so welcome!  Glad we could's what we're here for!  Now, you have to just do your job and post some pics of it when you get it, and maybe even a video!  Thanks, Edward


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