Epiphone MM50E Professional F Style AE Mandolin

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    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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    What is your opinion of this product?
    When you look at/listen to what's out there, good mandolins are expensive. REALLY expensive. Despite all the negative reviews about "fit and finish," I actually appreciate the somewhat "raw" look of this mando. Be forewarned, however: if you like the thick poly finishes that Chinese-made instruments typically sport, you will be surprised, and perhaps unhappy with what appears to be a hand-rubbed, oil-type finish. For those of us with ears, though, this sort of finish really allows the instrument to "speak," and this one does. The tone is nice - somewhere between an "F"-style's "chunK" with some "A"-style "ring" to it. Really open, musical tone. Now, the pickup. WOW. Just wow. As real as it gets, plugged in. And LOTS of options to tweak it to your liking. I'm so surprised a magnetic pickup can do this, but Shadow is good at what they do. I am now a fan! My last mando (which I did not own very long because of THIS one) had what I THOUGHT was a great pickup, but the Shadow in this one blows my last one away, hands-down. Overall, at this price-point, the MM-50E is a steal. Yeah, the tuners are horrid (Gotohs are on order, and should arrive any day), and I'll upgrade the tailpiece to an open-style, as the whole fighting-to-get-the-cover-plate-off game at string change time is not for me, and, a heavier, cast brass tailpiece will likely enhance sustain just a tad. So, I'll drop another $100 to make this mando near perfect for my purposes. Oh, one thing: The setup, out of the box, is less than stellar. You may want to figure on taking it to a repair facility well-versed in tweaking mandolins, and drop a few bucks to have a new nut made, and an overall setup. I recommend this mandolin highly.
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