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Epiphone MM50E Professional F Style AE Mandolin

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Product Description

The Epiphone MM50E Professional is the first mandolin that allows you to adjust the output level of each individual string pair solving the inherent mandolin problem of unbalanced string pair volume.

The MM50E Professional features classic F style specifications including a carved, solid Spruce top with traditional flame maple back, sides and neck. Multi-binding on the body and headstock along with classic mother-of-pearl Flower Pot headstock inlay, nickel hardware, vintage machine heads with pearloid buttons and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge pay tribute to Lloyd Loar's original F style design.

One of a Kind Electronics
Designed in cooperation with Shadow Germany (makers of acoustic pickups for over 30 years), the MM50E starts with the new Quad NanoMag pickup. The NanoMag is a unique, low-impedance humbucking pickup equipped with samariun-cobalt magnets that captures true acoustic tone and a wide range of harmonics. Under each string pair is a separate coil that only picks up the sound of that string pair with crosstalk separation of >85dB! Each of the 4 output levels is controlled by 4 trimpots discretely accessible from the top of the pickguard via a mini flathead screwdriver. Once set for to your desired levels, you would typically never need to adjust the levels again.

Tonal Versatility!
Rather than loading the mandolin down with electronics and adversely affecting it's natural acoustic tone, the Shadow system puts all the electronics inside the pickguard. This allows the mandolin to respond and sound just like an acoustic mando should. On the pickguard are master volume, treble and bass rotary controls as well as an easy-access battery compartment using a light-weight, long lasting 2032 watch-style lithium battery.

Position the NanoMag Where YOU like it!
Even the pickup is mounted on the pickguard. But, for added versatility and to allow you to position it in the optimum location for your picking style, the NanoMag can slide back towards the bridge for a brighter tone or forward towards the neck for a warmer tone and anywhere in-between.

The electronics feature Shadow's 5-year world-wide warranty and acclaimed customer service.

Product Specifications
Epiphone MM50E Professional F Style Acoustic Electric Mandolin Specifications
  • Top Material: Soild Sitka Spruce
  • Body Material: Flame Maple
  • Neck Material: Flame Maple
  • Neck Shape Options: C Profile
  • Neck Joint: Hand-fitted, Glued-In
  • Scale Length: 14 inches
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Dot inlays
  • Pickup: Quad NanoMag; Adustable position
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • Treble
    • Bass
    • Four individual string pair output levels; trimpots
  • Power: #2032 Lithium battery
  • Frets: 23
  • Bridge: Rosewood; Floating Adjustable
  • Nut Width: 1.06 inches
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Vintage In-Line Mandolin
  • Colors: Vintage Natural

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Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Frank from Wyoming
Playability and Feel
Love the concept, wishing for a higher-end version
Your general opinion of this product.
I bought this because I'm primarily a jazz guitarist and this sounded like a mandolin version of a good jazz box: carved solid spruce archtop, single-coil pickup in the neck position, basically what you need to get a warm, round, sweet and sticky like melting honey sort of a tone. This mandolin met and exceeded my expectations.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
There are a couple spots that look hand-carved by someone in a hurry, but a slightly rough spot here and there gives it a rustic, organic feel that jives with the finish. I don't mind the fact that it doesn't look injection-molded. Kind of gives it character if you ask me. The sliding pickup tends to buzz a little while you're playing so you have to figure out a good way to dampen that.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It plays beautifully. It feels great in my hands like any well-made F-style mandolin.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Acoustically it's bigger and sweeter than I expected. Obviously it's not as grand and powerful a presence as a high-end, all solid select tone wood instrument that has been played a few years to open up, but the sound board is really nice and produces a lot of tone. The plugged-in tone is closer to acoustic than I expected; I'd hoped the magnetic coil would warm up the tone the way it does on many good archtop jazz guitars, which it does somewhat, but the instrument's natural voice comes through the electronics more than I'd hoped. Now that I'm honeymooning with the thing, I actually love its unique voice even more than I thought I would.
How was the action out of the box?
Action was terrible from the factory, but setup was easy enough and she plays like a dream now!
How did the stain or paint job look?
The old-fashioned oil varnish look in that particular shade of rusty-tan is even more strikingly beautiful than the pictures online can do justice.
How has it stood up over time?
It's still pretty new, but it's solid enough to last if you're careful with it, just like any nice thing.
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