There are certain accessories that are must-haves for every mandolin player. Some of these are things that you’ll need to get when you buy your first mandolin, while others are things you will have to keep buying as long as you continue playing, but this is mostly limited to putting new strings on your instrument.
Take a look at our recommended mandolin accessories below…
These are professional mandolin tuners for F-Style instruments.
They are the gold standard in the industry because they allow for very fine tuning and they also hold a tune.
If you look at the high-end mandolins, you’ll find that they have Grover tuners, but that doesn’t mean you can’t replace stock tuners on a low-end model to make it better.
For A-Style mandolins, you’ll want to use these Grover tuners instead of the ones above to ensure that they fit properly.
Just like the previous tuners, these are also highly recommended for replacing stock tuners on any mandolin.
Simply pick the appropriate ones based on the type of instrument you own.
These are the most popular strings to use for mandolins because they last for a long time and they sound great.
A lot of budget instruments will come with cheap strings from the factory.
If yours doesn’t already have D’Addario strings, get some and replace them for a better tone and easier playability.
You’ll also notice that most instruments starting from the mid-range and up will have these strings.
If you do not get a case included with your mandolin, you’ll want to buy one to be able to carry it around and even store it safely.
This locking case will fit most A-Styles, and it has a padded interior to prevent damage to your instrument along with a compartment for your accessories.
This is a locking, hardshell case for F-Style mandolins.
While it’s made by a different company, it has many of the same features as the other including a padded interior.
This does not fit larger F-Style mandolins, so be sure to check measurements before buying.
All mandolins need to be tuned to sound their best, and an out of tune instrument can sound downright horrible.
This clip-on tuner will let you quickly and easily keep your mandolin in tune so it can perform at it’s highest potential.
This is an excellent strap to use for mandolins for a number of reasons.
It is made of neoprene and designed to reduce the weight of the instrument on you. This makes it much more comfortable to wear it and play an instrument for long periods of time, which is great if you play any kind of gig.
It also has a quick connect system that allows you to buy extra connectors for other instruments, and then you can quickly disconnect from one and connect to another without switching your strap.