Electric mandolin is definitely a niche instrument, but there are few options out there. Bruce Herron
makes his Blue Star Mandoblasters
for a reasonable price of about $650 as sold through Elderly. You can also order from Bruce directly. It’s a little known fact that he does custom
work – emandos and octave emandos – and seems eager to build you the electric
mandolin of your dreams for a fair price.
JL Smith emando
Another maker of electric mandolins is JL Smith. His instruments are considered to be about as
good as you can get, with certain spec models starting at $699. There's also a guy named Ron Lira of Honest Ron’s Guitars. Ron’s emandos have a good reputation and start
at about $750.
Honest Ron Lira mandolin
Rob Collins of TinGuitar.com
hand-crafts a model of electric mandolin that has a very clean, natural
look. He’s located in Hebden Bridge, England
but his prices are comparable to US builders, even with the exchange rate. If you’re willing to spend more than $1,000
it’s worth taking a look at Jonathan Mann’s Manndolins. He makes some hollow, semi-hollow and solid
body emandos you can drool over (don’t literally drool on them).
Rob Collins TinGuitar.com
Mann EM-4 solid body
There are many more builders of electric mandolins, and you
can find most of them listed on emando.com.