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Savannah SA-100 A-Model Mandolin, Sunburst
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- Hard Maple Neck
- Bound Rosewood Fretboard
- 12th Fret Neck Joint
- Adjustable Compensated Bridge
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I got this from a friend and love it. I did not know much about mandolin until I tried it a month ago (playing guitars for so long) and this little instrument caught my interest.
I learn quite a bit online as to how to setup a mandolin (most of them have to be setup before they can be tuned !! music store charges for this setup and not many of them provides this service).
Here are a few things I did to improve its sound:
1) remove the pick guard, the sound appears to be louder to my ears
2) lower the bridge to get lower string action
3) adjust bridge position to get proper intonation (fret 12 note should be exactly one octave higher than the free string)
4) file the upper part of the bridge, at both end so they become smooth and not sharp.
The sharp edges cut into my hand.
5) add a little piece of leather between the strings and the end pin cover (where the string loops go into) to avoid buzzing. It buzzes due to the string rattles against this metal cover !! The buzzing goes away completely.
Mine does not stay in tune for long (a few days) so I am going to replace the tuning set.
In general, this is a wonderful mandolin for very low price. You need to be a handy man to make little adjustment / fix-up to get it to its best. The ones that cost 200$-300$ is about the same to my feel and I believe they cost more as more man effort has been put in to achieve what I did myself.
I am twice happier with mine now compare to a few weeks ago.
Update: I returned this mandolin to my friend and bought my own. After 9 months of playing mandolins and trying out a dozen of them, I recommend the beginner to get a solid top mandolin (lowest price is between 150$ to 200$ brand new). The solid top give a warm and louder tone, and it gets better with time, than the laminated top [See my Fender 53S review for more details]
The tuners are good, the neck is straight, etc. The only flaw was a tiny crack in the glaze where the neck meets the body. I can overlook this tiny flaw. The color is a pretty reddish gold, fading to black, which is better looking than some other budget mandolins on the market. I had intended to upgrade in a year or so, but don't really feel the need now.
Most importantly, I've bonded with the thing, and can't wait to get home from work so that I can play it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good starter instrument! I got mine second hand and already set up, but it's a good quality and decent sounding mandolin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. McIntyre
This product came exactly as described and is a beautiful piece of equipment. I purchased the mandolin through GearCrazy and found their customer service to be top quality. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ryan
got it, and initially it was a bit annoying in the tuning.
I was afraid this was a damaged good, but
During string replacement, I got into the trouble of measuring the... Read more
OK, maybe two stars is lower than it deserves, but here's the deal: having played guitar I wanted to learn mandolin, so I bought this figuring it would be a good starter. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Tom
My Grandfather is 90 and had a mandolin when he was younger. It was lost at some point, he has now moved into my home and this has given him an activity and awakened some... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Datpar