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Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin Antique Sunburst 

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Overview

  • Body material: mahogany
  • Top material: solid spuce
  • Neck material: mahogany
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $298.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $119.00
  • Your Price:
    $17900

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      A great-looking mandolin that will sound better with age.

      The Epiphone MM-30S mandolin features a Solid Spruce top that will actually improve in tone over time, a highly-prized trait of better acoustic instruments.

      Old world heritage
      From its humble 19th Century beginnings in Greece with founder Anastasios Stathopoulo, he and his sons took the turn-of-the-century Manhattan family luthier business into a world-renown fretted instrument maker and innovator. In fact, some of the original "A. Stathopoulo" round-back mandolins are some of the most prized, rare vintage mandolins in existence. In the late 50's, another famous fretted instrument company known for mandolins, Gibson, purchased Epiphone and assured the continuance of the family mandolin legacy.

      Time-honored craftsmanship
      The Epiphone MM-30S is an easily recognized "A" style or "teardrop" mandolin, expertly constructed with a Mahogany body and set, Mahogany neck, providing warm acoustic tone. The "bite" if the mandolin's sound is from its Solid Spruce top, which will only sound better as it matures, as the wood fibres continue to contract and surplus moisture content eveporates. It also features the traditional floating Rosewood bridge, Rosewood fingerboard, Gold hardware and Tortoise pickguard emblazoned with the iconic Epiphone "E" and comes in Antique Sunburst finish. It is also available with a built-in bridge piezo pickup as the MM-30E.

      Backed by the best
      The solid-top MM-30S mandolin is protected by the Epiphone Lifetime Limited Warranty featuring Gibson 24/7/360 Customer Service and guarantees the instrument against defects in materials or workmanship. Case sold separately.

      Features

      • Body material: mahogany
      • Top material: solid spuce
      • Neck material: mahogany
      • Neck shape: traditional
      • Neck joint: glued-in, set neck
      • Scale length: 14"
      • Fingerboard material: rosewood
      • Fingerboard radius: flat
      • Nut width: 1.06"
      • Hardware: gold
      • Machine heads: vintage-style open
      • Bridge: adjustable floating rosewood
      • Tailpiece: gold mandolin
      • Other: tortoise pickguard
      • Warranty: Epiphone limited lifetime
      • Case sold separately

      A mandolin is a great second instrument to embroider the top end of your sound. Order today and explore a whole new world.

       
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      EpiphoneMM-30S Mandolin
       
      4.6

      (based on 19 reviews)

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            this is a must buy

            this is the best mandolin for the money in fact you will not find another at this price anywhere. I was very fearfull of buying on line;I need to play and see first...Read complete review

            this is the best mandolin for the money in fact you will not find another at this price anywhere. I was very fearfull of buying on line;I need to play and see first hand to buy sonething as personal as A musical instrument. I took the chance and I am very pleased with this m30 epi mandolin. It's well made the finish is great the craftmanship is top shelf as I would expect from epiphone equipment. This mandolin has A very important part and that is A truss rod to adjust the neck when the wood moves.I't plays great the action is low making it easy to cord.All I had to do is tune an play.So if you want A good mandolin for A great price this is the one.

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            A beautiful instrument but...

            I'm a live sound engineer that used to play guitar and suddenly got a hankering to pick up the mandolin. So I just received the MM-30 last week. I had some trouble setting...Read complete review

            I'm a live sound engineer that used to play guitar and suddenly got a hankering to pick up the mandolin. So I just received the MM-30 last week. I had some trouble setting it up because the bottom strings wouldn't stay anchored in the tailpiece. I took it to a pro today and he found that both hooks on the thing had broken. Cheap metal. I understand this is a starter instrument, but come on Epiphone, it at least needs to hold the strings in place. Instead of going through the hassle of sending it back and have more cheap metal put on, I'm having the guy just put on another tailpiece, which means the MM-30 will cost me at least $40 more.I'm still looking forward to playing my mandolin, though this is a dissappointing start. I think my review was generous. I guess just buy at your own risk. For the few moments I could strum it, it sounded quite nice.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MM 30S Epiphone Mandolin

            By Ken-Gonzales, La

            from Gonzales, Louisiana

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Great Deal

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around Playable

              Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

              Sure one can by up to a more quality instrument at 3 times the cost, but the MM 30S stands up to them all. Even the more expensive ones. I replaced the strings with D'Addario J74's and we are on a roll. Affordable entry level or used for most gigs. Like anything else one can always up grade, but unless you are playing professional and simply playing gigs and having fun, this is a sweet instrument at a great price.

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              5.0

              Still my favorite

              By Kit

              from central California

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Gets Better Over Time
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Needs Pro Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Jam sessions
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

              I bought this mandolin here almost five years ago now, and I never regretted it. It needed a set up when I got it. The frets were good, but not perfect, and there was a buzzing in the neck. The buzz turned out to be a loose nut in the coordinator rod. Once everything was set, the instrument played beautifully and easily. It was a great first mandolin. The best thing about it , though, is that it's gotten better over time. I have two other mandolins, and have played several others. For the price, you simply can't beat this model. The tone just keeps getting deeper the older it gets. I may need to get another.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Epiphone mm-30s mandolin

              By lloyd

              from jonesboro,ar

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  Very good quality for the price, beautiful finish pleased with the instrument.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Mandolin!

                  By Sandra Wood

                  from Vermont

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  This was a store demo mandolin that was advertised in "very good" condition. It exceeded my expectations! The mandolin is in beautiful shape, it looks brand new and sounds great. I couldn't be more pleased, and Musician's Friend is a pleasure to do business with!

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                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great starter, but you can move up.

                  By Ryan-cNoJj

                  from Newberg

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  I bought this mandolin mid-november, and the first time I picked it up, it sounded amazing. Tuning can be time-consuming, though, if you have an untrained ear or a bad tuning device. But overall, I would recommend this mandolin to any of my friends.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Beginner Mandolin

                  By CountryBoyVa

                  from Suffolk, Va

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  Pretty good mandolin. I've owned it for about 6 months and the tone of the instrument has definitely gotten better with age. I'm mostly a bluegrass guitar player so the transition to mandolin was easy. I've played Gibsons and this matches up pretty good to the tone for the price. Great value for the price. You will not be dissappointed.

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  an awesome instrument!!

                  By cynops orientalis

                  from belview, MN

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  i got this mandolin because i needed something to mess around with, and this mandolin was worth the price! the only problem was it took a very long time to tune the strings, but it finally stayed in tune. i am very pleased with this instrument.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  EPIPHONE > ROGUE

                  By Goose-xK9oc

                  from Midwest

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  Just received my MM-30 a few days ago. This mandolin is WORTH THE PRICE! I compared it to the Rogue, and you can tell a difference in the sound. The Epiphone has a warmer sound, and looks nicer. Might as well spend the money on this, rather than the Rogue. Everything looks great, and sounds great!

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great value and sound!

                  By MandoPaul

                  from Shaftsbury, VT

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  I decided I wanted to play the mandolin a few months ago, but wasn't sure if I would like it so I wanted to buy a low price mandolin. Once it came I was amazed by how good it sounded and it quality. It doesn't sound as full as f-style but it was great for someone like me!

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good starter mando

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

                  I've been playing guitar for years and wanted to explore deeper into the realm of stringed instruments. This Epi MM30 is a great starter instrument. The factory strings suck though. I put on a new set of Martins and the sound quality is tremendously better. Sounds awesome with medium pick. Frets finger easily. Great instrument for the price! Gonna practice, practice, practice so I can work up to that $4000+ Gibson!

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