Epiphone has dressed up its popular electric mandolin, the Mandobird, with a striking array of new finishes, including Seafoam Green, Metallic Gold, Fiesta Red, Gold Metal Flake and Goth Black. The four-string solidbody mandolin, modeled after the classic Gibson Firebird guitar, will also be available in an eight-string version.

"The Mandobird's unique look and sound made it very appealing to guitarists as well as mandolin players," said Jim "Epi" Rosenberg, president of Epiphone. "As with any hot new model, players immediately started asking for more finish choices to fit their personal styles, and the new lineup offers a color for every artistic persona."

The Epiphone Mandobird sports the angular "reverse body" shape that Gibson introduced on its Firebird line in 1963. Like the Firebird, the Mandobird's headstock has all the tuners on the same side. The Mandobird IV, with four strings, produces clear single-string tones; the Mandobird VII, with eight strings arranged in pairs, will feel and sound more familiar to acoustic mandolinists. The Mandobird comes with a gig bag.

Mandobird IV MSRP (with gig bag): $332.

Mandobird VIII MSRP (with gig bag): $415.

Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality and value. A division of Gibson since 1957, Epiphone is headquartered in Nashville. For more information visit www.epiphone.com.