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October 23, 2013 | Mann SEM-5 Octave Baritone

Jon has had the video below up for a few years, but we enjoy going back to review his innovative design, a 5-string octave/baritone electric mandolin. The instrument is tuned in the lower four strings like an octave (below) mandolin, and the thinnest string goes up a 5th to a B. All five in order: GDAEB.


The instrument is very close to the range of a guitar, but spaced in 5ths. This instrument is 18.2" in scale, but he will also build in 19.5" and 4- and 8-string configuration.

As you can tell from the vidoe, he's also expert in suggesting alternate pickup configurations for your style of music.

Video Link: Mann SEM-5 Octave Baritone

Website information for Jonathan Mann: Manndolins

We have one of his baritones of our own. Great for jazz!

JM Custom SEM-5 Bari-emando

Posted by Ted at October 23, 2013 5:33 AM

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