I’ve just started learning the mandolin and came across this great Chris Thile video on crossing over from guitar to mandolin. I think Chris is exactly right about the challenges guitarists face when making the shift from guitar to mandolin. The string spacing is definitely a challenge, but I’m finding the biggest obstacle is the tuning. Going from standard tuning on the guitar to the mandolin’s fifths based tuning is a real brain/finger tester! Still I’m absolutely loving playing the mandolin and I’m sure the instrument is going to end up on some future recording and on stage.