Eastwood Guitars began shipping the new Airline Electric Mandola this week. This is the third in a series of new stringed instruments from Eastwood, which includes the Airline Folkstar Resonator, Airline Ukulele and the upcoming Eastwood Electric Tenor Guitar.
Following on the success of their top selling Mandocaster, Eastwood introduces the Airline Mandola. It features a solid Seafoam green alder body in a USA map shape with an 18” scale maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. A single Humbucker pickup with volume and tone controls delivers a deep, dark, mysterious tone that is completely unique sounding – like a baritone mandolin. The Mandola is tuned in fifths (C-G-D-A low-to-high) and a fifth lower than a mandolin. Historically, the larger Mandola is the actually ancestor of the Mandolin, the name of which means simply “little Mandola”.
“As with all our Eastwood and Airline models we are striving to offer something a little different for today’s modern players,” said Mike Robinson, President and founder of Eastwood Guitars, “Last year we introduced a Lap Steel and a very successful electric Mandocaster. The Mandola fits perfectly into this new family of instruments along with the Folkstar, Ukulele and Tenor. All of these models will continue to help our customers expand their sound.”
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6 thoughts on “The New Airline Electric Mandola”
Really interesting instrument. At least I never have seen something like this before! And its sound reminds me of some Led Zeppelin songs, Jimmy Page was always using all kind of string instruments in their songs!
Is there a radius on the fretboard (what is the radius?), and is the neck thinner than the mandocaster? How about some close up, high res photos?
So now you’ve got a mandolin and a mandola – any plans for an Airline Electric Mandocello? Because I’d buy one in a heartbeat.
Oh you wonderful, exiting people! you keep building things I want to play… and when I buy them, they really work, This is about music, not about stuff. What could be better!
so how soon will my airline mandola be here? I need to make plans for a trip and will wait till it gets here. thanks jeff b
What are the recommended string gauges for the Airline Mandola.I have a lefty one and it is incredible but I need to change my wires!