Tips for Mandolin Beginners
beginner mandolin when buying your first mandolin there are some key points to know. Mandolins are what are considered to be high tension instruments, with 8 steel strings tuned in double courses, so four pairs, E A D G.
Very importantly these strings need to be held in tune by quality machine heads, something often lacking in entry level mandolins.
Some very cheap mandolins do not have a truss rod, a device in which you can adjust the neck contour to suit your playing style but more important can prevent the neck from bending. Always check your first mandolin has this feature along with effective machine heads.