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Applause MAE148 Roundback Acoustic/Electric Mandolin
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Submitted: April 16th, 1999
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
The acoustic sound of the mandolin is well balanced and has an even projection for both picking and chop. It is NOT a loud instrument. This is the main problem I have with the sound; lack of volume. I have a old Martin "B" style that has twice the volume. The pickup sound is great. I was worried that the "chop" sound of mandolin rhythm would not come out correctly, however the pickup does seem to do a good job with it. Also lead sound is clear and clean. I use a Marshall AS80R for the amp and it is as loud and crisp as you would want with little EQ on either the amp or the preamp. I use the mandolin for church and duets. We play a modern music style (not the old blusgrass style, however I do play bluegrass as well), and this mandolin is ideal for this situation.
Reliability/Durability
Except for the tuning machines and the way the battery holder is mounted the mandolin is very well built. I have used it a LOT. I have played it 2-3 hours a week for the last year and a half.
Price/Value
General Comments
If you are looking for a practice mandolin, beginners special, or something with a good acoustic sound with a pickup, I would NOT recommend this instrument. However, if most of your playing is plugged in and you do jazz, modern or various music styles, I would highly recommed this mandolin. Also play a Martin DC-1E and a old cheap strat copy. I have been playing the mandolin for 20 years. If you are in this type of situation I am sure you would like this mandolin, however I could see a lot of people buying this instrument on looks alone and not being happy.
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