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My Gear and Recommendations


I often get asked what gear I use and what I would recommend. Below are all the music products I use regularly along with links to buy them if you’d like.

If you buy them through the link, you pay the same, but in some cases I get a small payment which helps me keep this site going. I appreciate the support.

Mandolin – Newson Mandolin – this is my primary mandolin since 2018. Great sound and exclusively available at Gruhn guitar’s in Nashville. Tell George I said hi 🙂 If you are brand new to mandolin and want a more affordable mandolin to start with – check out the recommendations on my New Mandolin Gear page.

Picks – There are so many picks out there and believe it or not, your pick really impacts your tone. I’ve played a lot of picks before (and lost just about as many). For me, I like Dunlop gator picks. They are guitar picks, but they last a while, sound good, are cheap ($5 for 12) and thick. I don’t personally like the “mandolin” picks that are more a triangle or circle (like golden gate or the Dawg pick). Experiment when you can but below are the ones I use most often:

Amplifier – I’ve found that even with a good sound guy, having a good personal amp for the stage is a really great idea to avoid issues. Normally I use the Fishman Loudbox Mini setup behind me on stage as a backup. If I’m getting lots of feedback from my mandolin through the monitors, I’ll have be able to turn those down or off and use my amp instead

Mandolin Strings – Used to use coated Elixir strings but they have since ceased production. Now I mainly just use D’Addario. They are well priced, last a while, and don’t break on often.

Books – I have a lot of music books in my collection, below are what I think are essentials.

Misc Accessories

If you have a mandolin product you’d like me to review, please contact me.

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