I was recently blown away by Ken Burns Documentary on Country Music. I love many different kinds of music and to me country is very closely intwined with The Blues. It is a true American invention born out of influences from the American Heartland, Ireland and other places. I marveled at film of Ricky Skaggs as a child playing Mandolin with Bill Monroe, Marty Stuart's fingers racing over the neck of his Mando playing with Lester Flat. It brought to mind John Sebastian's line from the Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats" - "been playin' since theys babies..." I've decided to pick it up and see how I do. This Ibanez is touted as a really nice beginner or intermediate player's Mandolin. The craftsmanship seems very nice for the price and the tone is beautiful.