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    The Ibanez Piccolo guitar is cool to take with you when you are travelling and you are not too choosy. You can play anything on it if needs be. It's a steel string. But it IS very small. The model is oficially called Ibanez EWP 140 PN. The intonation of the thing is weak and you have to tune it a lot though. Playability is tricky. Neck too cramped for chord melody. Single note and camp fire proof though. Think "better than nothing. In my studio I can get anything to sound good so the sounds you hear are flattered (reverb added) but the thing does have a cute tone and is dirt cheap. For more info click here.

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    Looks like you're having a lot of fun with it...
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    Neck too cramped for chord melody.
    It's possible to play chord melody on a mandolin, players do it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    It's possible to play chord melody on a mandolin, players do it all the time.
    Like this guy:


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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    Like this guy:

    Yeah but a mandolin has only 4 strings to finger. That's the difference.

    Higher up the neck trying to fit 4 fingers on 6 strings in the tiny space between the frets on the Piccolo guitar is a bitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    Like this guy:

    bruh, that is sick
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    Actually, a mandolin has 8 strings, thus very close together. It's purely a matter of technique, which does require practice.

    And Aaron Weinstein is a very good mandolin player, as well as a violinist. He has some CDs out with the Pizzarellis, and has played with other musicians, including Frank Vignola.

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    acoustic type bridge limits intonation possibilities...try different strings, short scales usually work better with heavy strings

    also some short scales work best tuned to A or B..vids seem a bit high tuned..uke sounding..tho well played per usual!!


    been wanting to post this about maestro abercrombie on electric mando...seems good a time as any

    Small Wonder: John Abercrombie Loves His Electric Mandolin | Fretboard Journal




    cheers
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    Didn't Ibanez make a little Soprano archtop version for Pat Metheny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads57 View Post
    Didn't Ibanez make a little Soprano archtop version for Pat Metheny?
    indeed


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    Cool. I found the tone on "Andantino" enchanting.
    Best regards, k

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    DB I think you would make a plank sound good—love the Piccolo Blues! (Somewhere above us JP is smiling down on you...)

    For travel I used to take a uke with me, but not really a guitar substitute, except that they both have strings and frets. Nowadays I carry a VoyageAir foldable guitar, with the added bonus that I can fill the guitar with socks and underwear when packing.

    Anyway the Ibanez looks like a nice guitar at a great price.
    “Without music, life would be a mistake”--Friedrich Nietzsche

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