A mandola is the mandolin family equivalent to a viola in the violin family. It is generally tuned a fifth below standard mandolin pitch. People can hate them since the longer scale requires a greater reach on the fingerboard. This one has a fir top, and a hickory back and sides. I’m thinking of naming it “The Slugger” because of the association of hickory with baseball bats. I hope it doesn’t sound like a baseball bat…..