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Dedicated mando for gypsy jazz

Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
edited September 2010 in Mandolin Posts: 629
I'm going to be setting up a mandolin just for gypsy jazz. I'd like to have that same explosive, fat and punchy sound that can cut through a wall of Selmac rhythm players. Pickup won't hurt either, and I'll probably go with the K&K. Any recommendations for strings, set up, etc?
Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz


  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,665
    I'm not really a mandolin player - I own a Hodson Djangolin, which I play very badly. However, for what it's worth, I like these strings:

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 1,002

    I recommend that you contact Jamie Masefield, who is a monster jazz mando player. He taught/played at Django in June this year and I was pretty impressed with his playing and tone. He's also a really nice guy and I'm sure would be glad to guide you to the right setup. He can be reached at [][/url]. Let me know how it turns out.

    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
    Posts: 629
    Here's my project:


    Sounds real good, but needs a set-up and new tuners
    Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz
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