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

Love the concept, wishing for a higher-end version
By: Frank from Wyoming      Submitted: 7/4/2014

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General 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. Quality 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. Tone 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. Action 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! Finish 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. Reliability 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.
Fan-friggin-tastic!
By: T. Hal      Submitted: 4/25/2014

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General 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. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Well made. Like anything else take care of it and it will last. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The shadow system is AMAZING! No string clink, no feedback, play live with a band and be heard easily. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Great and uber control. Action How was the action out of the box? Perfect Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Just how it was supposed to be. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Time will tell
Good sound- poor craftsmanship
By: JP from Davie FL      Submitted: 5/13/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. I love the pickup system. It has a great tone- just really sloppy assembly. The binding is rough at best- looks like a amature put the thing together. There are areas that have no finish which is a real eye sore. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Epiphone needs to step up quality control- the thing looks like dog-crap up close. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Weak at best.
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