#1
ok, so im getting an A-style mandolin, and it has F style sound holes.
im really into irish folk and folk music, but ive heard that F style sound holes are usually used for bluegrass, and O styles holes are for folk. Id get a mandolin with O style holes but its about $400 more and i cant afford that. So, my question is, does the sound holes really make any difference? could i style use the F style holes and still get that irish folk and general folk sound, or while it sound too much like bluegrass?
#3
Chris Thile of Nickel Creek uses both, though in concert he seemed to prefer the F style. I agree, it looks cooler, and he gets some pretty varied sounds out of it.

Look at it this way: John 5 can get metal tones out of a Tele, which is classically a twangy country instrument.
#4
Quote by Ixthyx
Chris Thile of Nickel Creek uses both, though in concert he seemed to prefer the F style. I agree, it looks cooler, and he gets some pretty varied sounds out of it.

Look at it this way: John 5 can get metal tones out of a Tele, which is classically a twangy country instrument.


Nickle Creek Sucks compared to the Yonder Mountain String Band
#5
in all honesty, the only difference is the way they look. i talked to a luthier who has lots of mandolins and he said the difference is so slight it doesnt really matter at all.
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