The Tone-Gard is designed to isolate the back of a mandolin (or any similar instrument) from the player's body, producing more volume and enhancing the tone.
You can test the concept right now without a Tone-Gard. Play your instrument normally, while facing a wall about a foot or two away, allowing the sound to bounce back directly so you can hear how your instrument projects. After you are used to the sound, hold the mandolin by the neck so that the back of the instrument is a couple of inches away from your body. Now try playing some chop chords. Go back and forth, against and away from your body, and you will notice a difference. You will hear a difference just hitting one chop and letting it ring while holding against you, then away. (If you don't hear the difference, it's time to visit an audiologist — no kidding.)
An extra benefit is protecting the back of your instrument from wear, dings, and scratches. It fits in most cases while remaining on the instrument - this depends on how tight the case is. The Tone-Gard is not recommended for French polished instruments.
The standard size fits most mandolins, but larger Gibson models will require a larger size. If in doubt, please ask us!
Acoustic Centre offers free Australia-wide shipping on all accessory orders (excluding bulky items including amplifiers and cases) over $50, and free courier shipping with tracking on all instruments and amplifiers over $599, and cases over $299. We also offer Express shipping options at checkout.
Occasionally due to issues with delivering to remote or unusual destinations, we aren't able to offer free postage. We reserve the right to retract the offer if freight costs exceed 15% of your purchase. We will always notify you if there is an issue and offer a full refund or arrange alternative delivery options.
All strings and accessories will be shipped with tracking via courier or Australia Post. Other items including guitars and amplification equipment will be shipped using our courier service providers, with a tracking number and signature on delivery.
The Acoustic Centre ships goods Australia-wide, however at this time we are unable to accept international orders. Please contact us on (03) 9699 5691 to enquire about a special order. The Acoustic Centre is located at 206 Park St. South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. We ship daily at 2pm (Monday to Friday) excluding Victorian public holidays.
You are welcome to pick your order up instore, but we will require photo identification to ensure against fraud. If you require more info on shipping to your area, or have any questions regarding shipping, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (03) 9699 5691.
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