View Full Version : Is this a mandolin?

08-20-2010, 07:05 AM
It sure doesn't look like any uke I've ever seen.


08-20-2010, 07:08 AM
It looks like a mandolin to me, but I'm definitely no expert.

08-20-2010, 07:14 AM
looks like a mando to me. Funny bridge placement though

08-20-2010, 07:20 AM
Yes I agree that it looks like a Mandolin as well. A pretty wacky one at that.

mm stan
08-20-2010, 07:22 AM
Looks like one of those middle eastern instruments...very nice though..
wonder if it has a high tone??? HMM MM Stan...

Ahnko Honu
08-20-2010, 08:06 AM
Looks like a lute to me but I'm no expert either. That bridge looks movable and should be slid way down on the body not over the sound hole.

08-20-2010, 08:08 AM
Sure looks like a mandolin or a mandola.

08-20-2010, 08:09 AM
Could also be a type of lute. (But what isn't, really?)


08-20-2010, 09:59 AM
I'm guessing mandocello (http://www.mandocello.org/mandocello.html).

08-20-2010, 10:15 AM
certainly looks like a member of the mandolin family, but with the bridge in very much the wrong place.

08-20-2010, 10:34 AM
It's advertised as an 8 string uke...I know it's not one of those.

08-20-2010, 12:11 PM
Sure looks like a mandolin or a mandola.

I'm guessing mandocello (http://www.mandocello.org/mandocello.html).
The mando family progresses in size like the viol family. A mandocello is closer in size to a full-sized guitar.

The specs on the ebay link say it is 24" long by 8" wide. I just measured my Gibson mando and it is 26" long by 10" wide, so this thing is smaller than a regular mandolin.

The bridge is definitely out of place, but the tailpiece looks typical of a mando. It's hard to tell from the angle of the pics, but the neck appears to be disproportionately short.

Found a thread over at Mandolin Cafe (http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?64703-Need-Help-with-Old-Russian(-)-Mandolin) with similarly odd-shaped orange blob around the soundhole (a pickguard maybe). The tailpiece looks the same.