Eric, Love that someone else loves this song too! I just looked and had posted this YouTube back in May. I’m responsible for about ten of these views. I love Neil Young in this so much. What i can’t figure out, is he playing a mandolin? It kind of looks like a small acoustic guitar like one we own that is handmade and called a Tacoma Guitar.
A mandolin is a soprano instrument (same as violin - G3-A7) with a shorter neck. Young's instrument has 6 strings so it's not a mandola (8 strings - C3-E6 ) or tenor guitar (4 strings C3-E6, like my tenor banjo) and is tuned in 4ths within the E3-E5 range so it is a small (travel) guitar. The upper bout cutaways and oval soundhole are distinctive so I started digging. I found it is most likely a Vagabond Travel Guitar; not terribly expensive, but then it's tiny and doesn't have premium tonewoods.What i can’t figure out, is he playing a mandolin? It kind of looks like a small acoustic guitar like one we own that is handmade and called a Tacoma Guitar.
Yup, the "Papoose" model, tuned from A3-A5. I knew it wasn't that. The "Tacoma" factory used to be right down the road from me. They made some good full size flattop and even (CNC) carved archtop "Jazz KIng" instruments with that distinctive paisley soundhole in the "Wing" series. They also made mandolins. Fender bought them out in 2004 and 4 years later layed off the employees to move production to a factory back east and automate the manufacturing to save costs. But the bean counters suddenly realized there wasn't enough profit to be made after tooling up so they killed the brand.Here is a picture of our Tacoma Guitar.