The Eastman MDO305 Octave Mandolin is a well-crafted, great-sounding and affordable example of an instrument that is fast becoming a staple in a variety of musical styles including Celtic and Americana. This is tuned to the same intervals as a standard mandolin, only an octave down, which maintains the chime and natural chorusing effect of the mandolin’s double strings, but it brings the down into the vocal range for most singers. (Just check out the music of Sarah Jarosz to see how effective an octave mandolin can be with a singer.) It has a carved spruce top, carved maple back and sides, a maple neck and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Includes a gig bag and a free setup from our luthiers.