It's been a loong time since I posted here,however last Fall I got a Gold Tone AC 4,which I adore. As I also play mandolin,I'm playing it in Irish tuning. That being said,I'm playing old time,bluegrass on it and am getting into Western Swing. And yes, still playing 5 string- in fact I have an AC-5 by Gold Tone and also picked up a Fender Rustler 5 string early this year,and it's magnificent!
I have my tenor banjo tuned that way as well - I’m also a mandolin player first. I’ve played a lot of folk and bluegrass on it, but have been concentrating on acoustic blues lately. You can write very nice arrangements for pre-1950s blues in the keys of G, C, and D.
The recording quality is pretty lousy - and a song on mandolin may have snuck in there too. This tuning really leaves you wide open for using double stops and drones to fill out the sound during instrumental verses, and has such a cool deep growl to it.
Spoonful, by Willie Dixon
Rambling on My Mind, by Robert Johnson
Same Old Blues, by JJ Cale
Same Thing, by Muddy Waters
Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine, by Papa Charlie Jackson