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Washburn Mandolin

If you hear the sound created from playing Washburn mandolin, you will probably never forget it. It sounds different than any other string instrument, sometimes people say that is very alike with the sound of Washburn acoustic guitar or any other acoustic guitar. Nevertheless, it is hard to compare the music of these instruments. Washburn mandolin for sale can be found at musical stores of numerous locations around the globe and on the Internet, too.

Sometimes people wonder why playing mandolin is becoming more popular. First of all, it is due to the very sound of this musical lute family instrument. Mandolin can be plucked or strummed. It has teardrop-shaped soundboard makes which makes the body of a mandolin different.

In their historical development, mandolins has gone through several changes. Original instruments had six double courses with gut strings and were tuned very much alike with lutes. They also were plucked with the fingertips. As you see, today the mandolin design is slightly different, Typical Washburn mandolins, for example, have eight metallic strings in four courses (pairs) and they are plucked with a plectrum.

Mandolins have a long history, and much early music was written for them. In the first half of the 20th century, they enjoyed a period of great popularity in Europe and the Americas as an easier approach to playing string music. Many professional and amateur mandolin groups and orchestras were formed to play light classical string repertory. Just as this practice was falling into disuse, the mandolin found a new niche in American country, old-time music, bluegrass, and folk music. More recently, the Baroque and Classical mandolin repertory and styles have benefited from the raised awareness of and interest in Early music. Tremolo and finger picking methods are used while playing a mandolin.

Washburn MandolinA mandolin’s typically hollow wooden body has a neck with a flat (or slight radius) fretted fingerboard, a nut and floating bridge, a tailpiece or pinblock at the edge of the face to which the strings are attached, and mechanical tuning machines, rather than friction pegs, to accommodate metal strings. Like the guitar, the mandolin has relatively poor sustain; that is, the sound from a plucked string decays quickly. A note cannot be maintained for an arbitrary length of time as with a bowed note on a violin. Its small size and higher pitch makes this problem more pronounced than with the guitar, and the use of tremolo (rapid picking of one or more pairs of strings) is often used to create a sustained note or chords. This technique works particularly well with a mandolin’s paired strings, where one of the pair is sounding while the other is being struck by the pick, giving a more rounded and continuous sound than is possible with a single coursed instrument.

Today typical Washburn mandolin for sale, for example, M3SWE acoustic/electric comes with spectacular features. Gold hardware and pearl-like tuners complete this cutaway Florentine style mandolin with hand carved solid spruce top. The M3SWE features North American solid figured maple sides and back. Battery powered preamp has volume, treble & bass sliders.

Overall, Washburn mandolins include eight models with unique and efficient features. The list of models consists of M6SW, M120, M118SW, M3SWE, M3SW, M116SW, M1SDL and M1S.