"Epiphone is about your best value for dollar out there. I paid just over $800 for the one in my photo which is a Masterbilt. I got a regular Epiphone for my son for about $350. They have lots of models for under $500."
"I use Thomastik-Infeld on all of my instruments. You can check out the different kinds they make at www.thomastik-infeld.com/. I have found their strings last much longer and have much better tone. You can buy them at many on-line…"
"What if someone asked you how many friends you need? Would anyone say something stupid like, "You can only talk to one person at a time."? I think guitars are like people, everyone is different. Some you like and become…"
"You should start with whatever you like best and what you want to play. The great thing about guitar is you can learn a few chords and strum and sing and have a lot of fun, but if you really want to take the time to learn to read music and…"
"Sorry not to answer you right away Edward. My family life has been really crazy the past 9 months because my son was the victim of a hit and run driver, so I don't get onto the social sites very often.
I like the lap steel you…"
"The one that is in my picture, an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE would be my choice for a steel string. It's the only steel string I've ever liked except for a Gibson Dove, mainly because it has a cedar top with rosewood sides and…"
"I think the EF-500 series are the OM size. Mine is 15 1/4 at the widest part of the bottom and 11 1/4 where the cutaway is. The body is thicker at the bottom, 4 1/8, than where the neck joins the body, 3 1/2. The EF is supposed to…"
"I own two Epiphone acoustics and my son owns one also. They all are made of great wood. In fact I was suprised when I bought my son's PR5-E, which was the first we bought. He had picked in out on line, it was only $300 so I…"
"Hi Ruth, Thanks for your encouragement. God has been kind to me. It has been a struggle, but I am happy to just be alive! I don't play out much (I gave TONS of concerts in churches back in the 70's and 80's), as I never…"
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Epiphone Masterbilt EF 500RCCE steel string
Epiphone Masterbilt EN 552NS classical
Johnson Resophonic Mandolin style 3
Stefan Sobell celtic mandolin
'56 Fender electric mandolin
Fender 50's vintage player Stratocaster
Fender 52 reissue Telecaster
Gibson 30th Anniversary Les Paul gold top
Fender Deluxe Precision Bass Special
Gibson Victory Bass
Harlan Brothers Multi-Kord pedal steel
National Resophonic Resolectric Jr II
Gold Tone White Ladye 250+ banjo
Just saw your mandolin, there's some sililarity, yes. However, the two instruments have very different ancestors: Mandolins descend directly from ancient lutes (although American and Portuguese mandolins have flat backs, the original Italian Mandolins have roundbacks). Portuguese guitars evolved from 18th century "English Guittars", and both descend from 16th century Citterns (also called Guitterns). P-guitars have 6 choirs, the three firs are tuned in unisons, and the three bass choirs are tuned in octaves. This particular feature makes a big difference to the mandolin, and places the P- guitar near by the American 12-string guitar. And, of course there is the unique tuning system - the so-called Fanplate, which evolved from the English Guitar square plate with watch key tuners. The use of thumbscrews imposed the "fan" disposition and helped create a very peculiar tuning system, very accurate, reliable and long lasting (total string tension is over 70 kilos). If you take a look on my "yesterday" video, you'll notice that P-guitars have considerable polyphonic capabilities, though not as vast as classical guitars. Anyway, it's a very interesting and addictive instrument, and I'm flattered for your interest. Thanks cor commenting...
Hi Ruth, Thanks for your encouragement. God has been kind to me. It has been a struggle, but I am happy to just be alive! I don't play out much (I gave TONS of concerts in churches back in the 70's and 80's), as I never know when the "delete file" button will strike. Makes it interesting! I hope it goes well for you.