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Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin   

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A quality instrument at an affordable price. Features a mahogany neck and body with a select spruce top and rosewood fretboard. Body and neck binding...Read More

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A quality instrument at an affordable price. Features a mahogany neck and body with a select spruce top and rosewood fretboard. Body and neck binding. 14" scale with dot inlay. All chrome hardware.


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EpiphoneMM-20 Mandolin
 
4.2

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Cheap Mandolins..a review.

The MM20 is a solid deal, but you might have to set it up, like I did mine. Measure from the nut to the 12th fret, it shoud be 7 inches, make...Read complete review

The MM20 is a solid deal, but you might have to set it up, like I did mine. Measure from the nut to the 12th fret, it shoud be 7 inches, make sure your bridge is 14 inches from the nut. Now you are good to go. Change the strings, and play in concert pitch. Bust down!

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I bought this new in 2002. Now 2007, the tuners are completely shot, wobble, and the bushings fall off each times strings are changed, frets rutted. The nut has come unglued several...Read complete review

I bought this new in 2002. Now 2007, the tuners are completely shot, wobble, and the bushings fall off each times strings are changed, frets rutted. The nut has come unglued several times despite proper setup and maintenance. The top is no longer a gentle arch but a plateau; 5 years of tension have crushed it flat, and not just where the bridge sat, but the whole area. Tone is not rich, or smooth or mellow, but better than competition in price range. Playability and feel are really on par with much more expensive instruments, I was surprised by that. I like the chunky neck. Volume is limited, same with projection. You get lots of highs only because the lows don?t resonate with chunky tone and volume. I say either save up another $250 and get a solid top model, or go with a Kentucky A-style which has better tone and the same playability. Also be sure to learn how to set it up properly. I have used .10 gauge strings 99% but tried other gauges for better tone/volume to no avail. Overall it beats competition of other brands but doesn't hold up over time.

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5.0

Love it

By TeleD1957

from West Lafayette, IN.

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    Have tried more expensive models that didn't sound as good as this Epiphone model. Will probably add a pickup to this model as some point down the road. Love the sound and volume that is just generated by the instrument but not good for very large audiences or auditoriums. Keeps tune fairly well but do keep a clip on tuner on it to tune. Great starter mandolin or a regular player.
    Highly recommend for the price.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very suprising

    By Mando-Man

    from Kansas City

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    I was extremely nervous purchasing this instrument because I usually purchase american made but this time the money wasn't there. Got this bad boy out of the box, put new strings on it, and got the bridge set up well and it plays just like a 1500 dollar mando. If you're on a budget, BUY THIS MANDOLIN! It plays great!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Celtic

    By String Bean

    from Huntsville, AL

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    This mandolin is beyond a steal. When you get it, take it and have it set up, restrung, and replace the tailpiece. Cost me extra, but now you couldn't tell if it were an Epiphone or a Gibson without looking at the headstock or pickguard. I highly recommend this mandolin to anybody!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    First one and no rush to upgrade

    By raimis2

    from Illinois

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    Beautiful instrument for such a low price. Felt good and easy to play from the beginning. Have had it a few years now and have been very happy with it. Just a little extra vibration here & there, but still sounds very good. Great value & nice looking.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Review

    By daywalker-fB-hv

    from Florida

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    I bought this new in 2002. Now 2007, the tuners are completely shot, wobble, and the bushings fall off each times strings are changed, frets rutted. The nut has come unglued several times despite proper setup and maintenance. The top is no longer a gentle arch but a plateau; 5 years of tension have crushed it flat, and not just where the bridge sat, but the whole area. Tone is not rich, or smooth or mellow, but better than competition in price range. Playability and feel are really on par with much more expensive instruments, I was surprised by that. I like the chunky neck. Volume is limited, same with projection. You get lots of highs only because the lows don?t resonate with chunky tone and volume. I say either save up another $250 and get a solid top model, or go with a Kentucky A-style which has better tone and the same playability. Also be sure to learn how to set it up properly. I have used .10 gauge strings 99% but tried other gauges for better tone/volume to no avail. Overall it beats competition of other brands but doesn't hold up over time.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Starter set

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    Never even held a mandolin before, I just wanted to play something new. Got it today, seems like a nice piece; however there isn't a shred of instruction included. Not even a diagram for installing the bridge which is contained in a baggie. DVD? Hah, not even a pick! Still think it's a good value though.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Starter Mandolin!

    By rfkaylor

    from El Cajon, California

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    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    I'm a guitarist so this was my first mandolin. It has a nice tone and is fairly easy to play. The quality is very good for an instrument so inexpensive. I had to do the setup myself but it wasn't to difficult. I'd highly recommend this to anyone just starting out.

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    4.0

    MM=20 Buy This Mando!

    By TnScot

    from Nashville area

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    The Epihone MM-20 is a great instrument. It is loud and punchy, and, while not as smooth, mellow or rich as a Kentucky A=style, it is close enough that the sound difference is not worth the price difference. My friend who plays a Gibson helped me set up my Epiphone, and he was blown away by how much it felt like his Gibson, and how nice the sound was. This Mando is not mellow, but it has great punch, massive high end, and good projection. It has a nice chunky neck that I like better than the Kentucky and the finish is just as beautiful. This is the ulitimate beginner mando, because it is dirt cheap, but you will not feel the need to rush out and buy a better one as you progress. You will also never be embarassed playing an Epiphone on stage, as opposed to some other "beginner" models You may choose to upgrade, but it will not be necessary for a good while.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cheap Mandolins..a review.

    By Reynardine

    from South Bend, IN

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    The MM20 is a solid deal, but you might have to set it up, like I did mine. Measure from the nut to the 12th fret, it shoud be 7 inches, make sure your bridge is 14 inches from the nut. Now you are good to go. Change the strings, and play in concert pitch. Bust down!

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good beginners Mando

    By JoElvis

    from Plano, TX

    Comments about Epiphone MM-20 Mandolin:

    Once I figured the nuisances out of the mandolin, I love it. Haven't played another to compare it with. But comparing it to the way a guitar plays, I like it.

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