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Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin  

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    Very affordable and based on the original 1920s Gibson Lloyd Loar F-5 mandolins!

    This beautifully detailed instrument is updated to include a bound tortoiseshell pickguard, nickel hardware, solid spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and original-style fingerboard inlays. It has full bindings and a 14"-scale neck with rosewood fingerboard.

    Features
    • Solid spruce top
    • Figured maple body
    • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard with original-style inlays
    • 14" scale
    • Nickel hardware

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    EpiphoneMM-50 F-Style Mandolin
     
    4.5

    (based on 25 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Incredible Instrument, Exceptional Value

    I got a new Epiphone MM-50 as a gift and after only 2 days I am in love with it. (I actually fell in love with it as soon as I opened the...Read complete review

    I got a new Epiphone MM-50 as a gift and after only 2 days I am in love with it. (I actually fell in love with it as soon as I opened the case!) I am a pro musician and have played a lot of mandolins and guitars through the years (to say the least), and I have rarely seen the incredble quality embodied in this Epi mandolin. The tone, clarity, natural volume, and playability all the way up to the 15th fret and beyond is comparable to mandolins with a book value 10 times that of this Epi, making it a truly exceptional value, and far superior to other mandolins in its price range. It is also visually stunning. The pictures on the website really don't do it justice. The finish is excellent, the binding is scraped perfectly, and the flower pot inlay work in the headstock is done to match the 1922-24 Loars. As a note, I have read a few reviews stating that their instrument had a dead tone, fret buzz, etc.; those are all indications that their instruments are not set up properly. Mine was set up perfectly right out of the box. If yours isn't, just take it to an experienced guitar tech and they will know how to easily fix all of those problems. Believe me, you won't find another $500 mandolin with half of the Epi's tone and playability.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    decent mandolin

    My mandolin is a b-stock.(so that may alter my review a little). Had no case, mf is sending me one. Covered in saw dust, bad fretwork(had to file some frets...Read complete review

    My mandolin is a b-stock.(so that may alter my review a little). Had no case, mf is sending me one. Covered in saw dust, bad fretwork(had to file some frets just to play without buzz. Good sound, beautiful instrument highly figured back. feels nice. It is a good mando for the price but count on having it setup by a pro. I might change the tuners, they hold tune but a little iffy. Might change to an allen tailpiece and new bridge(this one scratches you, ouch) this and a nice setup and you'll have a nice beginner-intermediate mandolin. But beautiful from a distance, yeah baby.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone MM-50 Mandolin

    By Adam McKewon

    from West Virginia

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I am very satified with this mandolin!
    One of the best mandolins I have ever played, and I have played many. Had to install the bridge and do some slight adjustment for the action I like. This took about 15 minutes and it was ready to go. Has a real sweet tone, and good projection.
    Great fit and finish, this thing is a looker!
    Great mandolin for a great price. I got more then I payed for, excellent value.

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Closest thing to a Gibson that I could afford.

    By Sscolt

    from flushing, MI

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I purchased my MM50 about 5 years ago and really just got back into playing it. I love the looks of this mando and the sound "can" be very comparable to ones 4 to 5 times more expensive. The neck is sound and easy to play and the mandolin itself is well built IMO. I did a few upgrades to mine and did them myself. I changed out the tailpiece with an Allen cast one, I changed the bridge out to an ebony one and changed the tuners to Grover's. These changes made a HUGE change in the sound of this instrument also. Playing it now, IMO, it sounds very close to a Weber Gallatin. Very full with good bluegrass chop,bark and quit a bit louder then before I changed anything. Even out of the box it was pretty decent but can be majorly improved. Why spend $2,000 plus on an equivalent when for about $200 more you can turn this on into one. Anyway, I am very pleased with this purchase and would buy another if the opportunity were there.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible Instrument, Exceptional Value

    By Johnny Stuart

    from Albany, NY

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I got a new Epiphone MM-50 as a gift and after only 2 days I am in love with it. (I actually fell in love with it as soon as I opened the case!) I am a pro musician and have played a lot of mandolins and guitars through the years (to say the least), and I have rarely seen the incredble quality embodied in this Epi mandolin. The tone, clarity, natural volume, and playability all the way up to the 15th fret and beyond is comparable to mandolins with a book value 10 times that of this Epi, making it a truly exceptional value, and far superior to other mandolins in its price range. It is also visually stunning. The pictures on the website really don't do it justice. The finish is excellent, the binding is scraped perfectly, and the flower pot inlay work in the headstock is done to match the 1922-24 Loars. As a note, I have read a few reviews stating that their instrument had a dead tone, fret buzz, etc.; those are all indications that their instruments are not set up properly. Mine was set up perfectly right out of the box. If yours isn't, just take it to an experienced guitar tech and they will know how to easily fix all of those problems. Believe me, you won't find another $500 mandolin with half of the Epi's tone and playability.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great mandolin

    By Greg Hall

    from Ohio

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    This is an awesome mandolin, especially for the price. Has a great tone, stays in tune

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Fine Little Fiddle

    By Bill-72-NT

    from Central California

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I got a bit better deal on this than the going retail. I needed something better than my fender, kentucky and morgan monroe could afford me if I was going to improve as a mandolin player. I noticed right away that I was capable of playing more complicated music on this instrument. A mando "snob" said that I'd better better off saving my money and getting a Gibson- but if I'd been able to do that- I would done it long ago. The online store I got it from let me have it and then make four payments. That's easier than saving.

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    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not a value at any price.

    By Stratoblaster--FlUM

    from mesquite, NV

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    Just your typical Epiphone quality. Nut was not cut to allow the strings to rest in the slots. Nut had to be re cut. The frets needed a fret job straight out of the box. High frets, low frets etc. The bridge had to be cut so as to allow it to be lowered more than the factory adjustments allowed. At the lowest setting, the strings were still very high off of the fretboard.This will go on Ebay and I'll buy something from a more reputable company. Never had any good luck with Epiphone since the early 60's. So, since Gibson took them over, not much worth owning from them and this is no exception.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good beginners mandolin

    By kerrvert

    from Garland,Texas

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I've played guitar for a long time and decided to learn mandolin. Didn't want to spend several thousand or get the cheapest. Very happy so far.Sharp tone,easy to play. Doesn't require much tuning. One of the tuners has too much play in it. Looks better in person than these pictures. Nice sunburst and maple quilting on back.

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If I just had the cash

    By Ken-2GTJa

    from Mesa, Arizona

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I picked up this guitar in my local music store one day and I was absolutely in love. I played this clean, beautiful instrument untill the store manager kicked me out. haha. After seeing how much this instrument cost (I thought it would've cost more) I decided once I was a litle more well off I would buy it. Anyone would be a fool not to.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hat's off to the MM-50

    By mandolin enthusiast

    from rhode island

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    The MM-50 is the very first mandolin I bought years ago after listening David Grisman's "Hot Dawg" cd. Since then, I've purchased others that were much more expensive & much less expensive and this is still, by far, my favorite instrument. I can't necessarily vouch for the current mfg since I got mine so long ago, but if they managed to maintain the same quality, I'd say this is a keeper. It doesn't necessarily have as deep of a low side as my Gibson F-9, but it holds it's own and I'm not sure if I'm completely satisfied with the sound of the F-9 anyway- it kind of has a muffled quality that the Epi does not have.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Buy

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50 F-Style Mandolin:

    I just recived my new Mandolin, the MM-50 F-style Mandolin and it was a great buy! The tone and appearance are great for the vaule and its been hard to put it down for a few minutes. If your looking for a F-style Mandolin at a cheap price, this is the "Mini Axe" for you! =D

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