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Ukeology
05-31-2009, 05:29 PM
Just purchased a Epiphone Mandobird IV. It easily tunes up as a ukulele, and is very enjoyable to play (it even looks like a small Epiphone Thunderbird guitar). Only thing missing is a whammy bar!

Check it out at: http://www.epiphone.com/default.asp?ProductID=101&CollectionID=11

And it's reasonably priced.

Interested in hearing if anyone else has had experience with one.

mealfrog41
05-31-2009, 05:53 PM
wow, that's sick! :eek:

psesinkclee
05-31-2009, 05:57 PM
I'd love to see a video of you playing around with it in uke tuning, it looks really cool man :shaka:

jdmcnasty
06-01-2009, 05:46 PM
I was planning on buying one of these a while back before I started playing the uke. I never would have thought of using it as an electric uke! Brilliant! I would love to hear it..

beeejums
06-02-2009, 02:42 AM
I looked into them... and now I really want one.

beeejums
06-02-2009, 04:34 AM
Apparently the neck on the mandobird is a bit thinner than a traditional ukulele neck...

I keep getting closer to the decision to try and build my own electric uke.

WS64
06-02-2009, 05:07 AM
Apparently the neck on the mandobird is a bit thinner than a traditional ukulele neck...

A bit? Mandolin necks are way thinner...

I don't have the 2 Ovation ukuleles anymore to measure the difference, but compare the size to the mandolin:
http://ws64.com/Pictures/Instruments/Pix/ovations3.jpg

beeejums
06-02-2009, 05:19 AM
A bit? Mandolin necks are way thinner...

I don't have the 2 Ovation ukuleles anymore to measure the difference, but compare the size to the mandolin:

The mando does look like it has a slimmer nut... That's a big deal for me, so now I feel compelled to steer clear.

I'll redirect my interest to the more expensive but arguably cooler Jupiter Creek electric ukuleles (http://www.jupitercreekmusic.com/).

I like the idea of having a steel string uke, so I don't feel compelled to do the whole RISA uke-stick eleuke thing, and I've heard less than wonderful things about these (http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/BSKB-BLUB.htm).

mailman
06-02-2009, 02:52 PM
Tried the epiphone link from the original post several times.....no go.

What do these Mandobirds look like?

Ukeology
06-02-2009, 06:58 PM
They look just like an electric guitar that has shrunk.

It is SO much fun to play (especially as you can put it through effects pedals, etc). A whole new universe.

There are a couple of guys demonstrating them on youtube.

DoodlesMcDeezleLippy
06-02-2009, 09:33 PM
Its looks really cool if i had some extra cash lying around i'd get one. Can you tune all mandolins to uke tuning or is this a special case kind of instrument?

Ukeology
06-03-2009, 01:33 AM
This is the first 4 string mandolin I've seen, so I guess the answer is no, you couldn't turn all mandolins to ukes.

Here's a demo of a mandobird with uke tuning on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EFGffRnzAw

If you just type mandobird into search in youtube, there are several other examples, including some really cool bluegrass tunes.

ichadwick
06-03-2009, 02:42 AM
Is the nut width any thinner than the Kala nut? I play Kalas with no problem. This looks like a nice addition to the collection - although the scale length isn't the tenor I prefer.

TheWannabe90
06-03-2009, 03:22 AM
Ouch.... my UAS is kicking me...

beeejums
06-03-2009, 07:52 AM
Maybe I do want an eleuke... I could play without bothering my wife, and we do have the baby on the way... I won't have to hear "Don't wake the baby!" so often.

Spooner
06-03-2009, 01:02 PM
This is the first 4 string mandolin I've seen, so I guess the answer is no, you couldn't turn all mandolins to ukes.

Here's a demo of a mandobird with uke tuning on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EFGffRnzAw

If you just type mandobird into search in youtube, there are several other examples, including some really cool bluegrass tunes.

That was fun. Jim Henson would be proud. ;)

minipixel
06-09-2009, 03:09 PM
Agh. I tried to buy one today from GAK (http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/78679)

I got an email back;

'Estimate despatch date Thu 03-Sep-2009' :(

They seem to be hard to come by in the UK and too expensive to import from the US. I guess I'll have to wait...

Ukeology
06-09-2009, 06:00 PM
My advice would be shop around a bit longer - I found a variance in price of over $100, as well as large differences in delivery times.