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MandobassA rare member of the Mandolin family of stringed Instruments. Seen here is an example made by Gibson in 1921 with Mandolins for comparison (Courtesy of The Acoustic Music Company). It is tuned as a Double Bass or Bass Guitar (EADG) and usually has just 4 strings which are plucked by hand. The Scale Length varies around 30 - 38 inches and the instrument rests on the floor by a spike. As it is played vertically and has 4 hand plucked strings tuned as on a double bass, most bands used a double bass instead. An example of a logical instrument family member with absolutely no advantages over similar existing instruments.