But it ain't a bass. My very first instrument was the mandolin. I still play it from time to time. Unhappy with acoustic bass guitars, I developped a fascination for mandocellos. They're uncommon instruments, which makes me like them even more. Basically it is a mandolin with the 26" scale and CDGA fifth tuning of a cello. 8 strings tuned in pair like a mandolin. I love the acoustic volume, the tone and the range. It can be used to play bass parts, chords sound huge and you can solo easily. After looking around for a while, I found my builder in Scotland. http://www.frettedfolkinstruments.com/ David Freshwater is passionate, sympathetic and really tries hard to satisfy his customers. He called me several times asking for details and offered ease for financing. His instruments are stunning beautiful and according to reviews, very well built. He's not even expensive. Perfect to me. Mine will look a lot like the one in this picture, far right. It will have sitka spruce top though, a bit more yellowish. Ebony fretboard. The back will be american walnut, like this : As a pun of sort, I asked him to arrange fret dots like on old Gibson mandocellos. That's pretty much my only custom option. I can't wait to get it.