posted by albert .
whats a mandolin
In the same family with guitars, ukuleles, lutes, etc.
Here's a video of someone playing a mandolin; you can hear what it sounds like:
A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family (plucked, or strummed). It is descended from the mandore, a soprano member of the lute family. It has a body with a teardrop-shaped soundboard, or one which is essentially oval in shape, with a soundhole, or soundholes, of varying shapes which are open and are not decorated with an intricately carved grille like the Baroque era mandolins