How to Choose a Mandolin Pick

Check out our guide to the picks you can use for mandolin playing. Ultimately, of course, the type of pick you use is up to the you, the player. Different materials and thicknesses all contribute to the overall sound your mandolin produces, so you will choose according to the style of music you play. We…

Ibanez M700AVS Spruce Maple F-Style Mandolin Review

Today we review the Ibanez M700AVS F-style mandolin, a quality instrument boasting solid wood construction to produce the best sound. The first thing you’ll notice about this instrument is its gorgeous cherry red sunburst body, perfect for playing the blues. Check price on Amazon now There are two different styles of mandolin you can find,…

Ibanez M510DVS Mandolin Review

Today we review the Ibanez model M510DVS mandolin, a perfectly beautiful mandolin that is ideal for beginners due to its price point. Check price on Amazon now The first thing you will notice about this mandolin is its colour. It is strikingly attractive with a dark violin sunburst on the front of the body. It…

Sam Bush – Mandolin Masters Series

 Sam Bush is a pioneer of the newgrass style, a style of bluegrass that incorporates sometimes electric instruments and uses inspiration from genres like rock n roll. Bluegrass music traditionally takes song structure from old jazz music, where individual players take turns improvising over the main rhythm to show off their virtuosic skill. The tempo…

Bill Monroe – Mandolin Masters Series

Bill Monroe is a very important figure in the world of mandolin. He helped create bluegrass music, earning him the title Father of Bluegrass. A Bit About Bluegrass Style Bluegrass is encompassed by the genre of country music, taking root in Irish, Scottish and English music while incorporating elements of jazz. These traditional music styles…

Hola A Style Mandolin Review

Today we review an A-style mandolin by Hola, which is a traditional A style mandolin in a glossy sunburst finish.  Check price on Amazon now A-style mandolins are great for those starting out and looking for a beginner instrument, and there are several reasons for this. First, A style are the simpler model of mandolin,…

Guitar Works A-Style Mandolin Review

Today we review the A-style by Guitar Works, a high gloss mandolin that comes with a case and features beautiful F-scrolls in the body. Check price on Amazon now A-style mandolins have been around since the instrument was invented.  Its “A-Style” refers to its shape, as this mandolin will have a tear/pear-shaped body. It is…