Item Reviews for: Epiphone MM50E Professional F Style AE Mandolin  -  EPI EF5E LIST

    Sounds and feels as if it costs a lot more !
    By: Ed Boland      Submitted: 6/30/2016
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    Product Rating What is your opinion of this product? I have owned 3 Mandos in the past, a Kentucky "A", The Loar "A", and a used Gibson "F" and after my Semi-Pro group disbanded I sold the F Gibson. Now 10 years later I have occasion to do some live work and needed a Mandolin that I could afford, appreciate, and enjoy. Having been a long time customer of AMS I know their customer service commitment and their no questions return grace period. They have NEVER let me down. There is no need for a return as the Epiphone MM50E has exceeded all of my requirements. While I preferred an American manufacture the Epi is USA designed, spec'ed, Q/C'ed, and setup. It is Solid tonewood and sounds and plays as well as my Gibson did. The build is a bit rustic but that adds to the charm of a oil rub finished, carved, and flexible instrument. This Epiphone MM50E is a quality, professional sounding Mandolin that is well worth the price. I highly recommend it, give it a try... you wont be disappointed, especially when backed and served by AMS!
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    Excellent Bang-For-The-Buck
    By: Bob      Submitted: 1/25/2016
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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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    best money spent ever
    By: Thomas Tritt      Submitted: 12/1/2015
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    What is your opinion of this product? after a quick set up by my luthier....this piece is awesome...the pickup is great....super happy with this purchase
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    undeceided
    By: jim      Submitted: 9/10/2015
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    What is your opinion of this product? customer service was great. heel of neck could have used more attention to detail, otherwise time will be true test of instrument quality. so far i'm happy
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    Great Sounding Mando
    By: Jake Araiza      Submitted: 7/15/2015
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    What is your opinion of this product? I needed to lower the action via a local luthier and changed the strings. I needed to oil the tuning machines as they were very tight. The lighter strings tend to go out of tune more often. This mando has a great look. It has a nice bark. It has a great pick up integrated in the pick guard. Also a great natural acoustic sound. Not bad for a production model. I was told that the Mandolin player for Little Feat plays the same Epi model.
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    Not to bad, glad I bought it!
    By: Jason      Submitted: 5/27/2015
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    What is your opinion of this product? This mandolin needed very little adjusting but plugged in it sounds amazing! lowered the action and it was perfect.the body maybe al ittle rough for some due to the price. its rugged look lends to its authenticty to me. great little jammer for sure!
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    Love the concept, wishing for a higher-end version
    By: Frank from Wyoming      Submitted: 7/4/2014
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    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.
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    Fan-friggin-tastic!
    By: T. Hal      Submitted: 4/25/2014
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    Your general opinion of this product. Unlike what others are saying this Mandolin is a powerhouse for the money. The finish is a light oil rub which lets the sound come through the spruce in an amazing way. The one I received was put together well.
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