#1
So my band is covering R.E.M's Losing my Religion. Like most bands we dont have a mandolin player amongst us, nor a mandolin for that matter. So i got to thinkin, do you think i could replicate a mandolin type sound with my delay pedal (DD-3) by setting it on a short delay and playing high?
#2
yeah you could do that, or just buy a mandolin, they aren't that hard to play.
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#3
To get close to a mandolin sound do this:
1. Use a 12-string
2. Put a capo fairly high up on the fretboard, at the lwest at the 5th fret.
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#4
^ If you havnt got a 12 string, it'd be easier in the end to just buy a cheap mandolin, they dont go for that much if your not looking for top of the range.

Without a mandolin you wont sound like a mandolin though, do you have to sound just like it? You could always just play the notes on a normal guitar with overdrive and make it your own.
#5
Since most of the mandolin parts in that song are just single notes, you could probably just use an accoustic guitar for it, playing on the high e string and adding a little bit of delay to simulate the paired strings.
#6
they are single notes, but dbl strings, the idea of using a slight delay. maybe try a chorus pedal?

I own and play both mandolin and 12-string, either will do the job. There are some cheap mandolins available, tune them like a violin and go at it. Scales are easy to figure out, some of the chords are difficult to cram all your fingers in.
#7
if you do this fingering, it sounds like a mandolin:

-12--
-10--
-7---
-X---
-10--
-X---

its pretty useless but it sounds cool
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#8
I vote spend $50 on a cheap mandolin, maybe you'll actually end up using it on some other songs.... you'd be surprised how much 90s rock (like most of REM) sneaks in a bunch of mandolins, accordians, and other "folk" instruments in, why not try it yourself?