Mandocellos are string instruments similar to mandolins, but having the same scale length as guitars. They have pear-shaped bodies and long fingerboards divided into 23 frets. There are eight strings stretched over the body and arranged in four courses, although the lowest string is often removed to prevent rattling. Mandocellos are often used in mandolin quartets and small orchestras.
Types of Mandocellos
Kinds of Mandocellos include the following:
Acoustic mandocellos rely on vibrations from the strings to produce sound.
They have hollow wooden bodies that allow the sounds to resonate and increase their volume.
Some models can connect to amps or microphones for further amplification.
Electric mandocellos have magnetic pickups that convert vibrations into audible sounds.
Their bodies are slim and solid, and often deviate from the traditional pear shape.
They are connected to amplifiers or speakers, often with noise filters to produce a cleaner and crisper sound.
Choosing Mandocellos (Buying tips)
String tension: Make sure the strings are firmly attached to the mandocello’s body. Allow a little slack to prevent them from snapping without altering their tones. Make sure the tuning pegs are fully functional.
Materials: Choose a mandocello made of high-quality hardwood for better resonance and longer wear. Look for polished exteriors to prevent scratches and dents.
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