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The Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a bluegrass showboat with a full-range single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls. You'll never...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great sound played acoustically or amplified.

The Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a bluegrass showboat with a full-range single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls. You'll never be drowned out by those big dreadnought acoustics again. Mandolin features a spruce top; nato neck, back, and sides; and rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 4-in-line chrome tuners with white plastic tuning knobs. The Fender FM-52E Mandolin has great tone plugged or unplugged.

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FenderFM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
3.5

(based on 46 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ways to make this mandolin play better...

1. Put light gauge strings on it. This instrument has a laminated plywood top. If you insist on using medium strings on it, the top will eventually cave. This mandolin is not...Read complete review

1. Put light gauge strings on it. This instrument has a laminated plywood top. If you insist on using medium strings on it, the top will eventually cave. This mandolin is not really designed to be played unplugged so heavier strings aren't really necessary. Just turn up the amp.2. Lower the bridge. The best way to do this is to just take the thumb wheels off and let the saddle rest against the wood. The mandolin will be easier to fret and the top will resonate better.3. Raise the pickup. Turn the little screws on either end of the pickup.

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STRINGING NIGHTMARE

Great little mandolin for the price however Fender had made a catostrophic engineering oversight with respect to re-stringing. I can't believe no one has complained about the impossibility of restringing this thing. You have...Read complete review

Great little mandolin for the price however Fender had made a catostrophic engineering oversight with respect to re-stringing. I can't believe no one has complained about the impossibility of restringing this thing. You have to feed the string through the metal bass and hook the string around the pegs but since the metal cover doesn't open up its maddening trying to re-string this thing. I'm about to throw this thing across the room!! This problem could easily be addressed by creating a metal bass that allows you to open it up and hook the strings to the hooks instead of going insane trying to feed the strings through and trying to 'fish' them onto the hooks.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

bad design

By glynn

from cottonwood,Al.

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I play a michael kelly mando,and I wanted to get another mando with a pickup.so I got the fender.no matter how I tried to tweak the bridge and intonation it was hopeless without a trust rod.even at the bridge's lowest setting the action was high and out of tune.fender should be ashamed to sell such junk,when they make the best electric guitars in the world.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

STRINGING NIGHTMARE

By Starfire03

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Great little mandolin for the price however Fender had made a catostrophic engineering oversight with respect to re-stringing. I can't believe no one has complained about the impossibility of restringing this thing. You have to feed the string through the metal bass and hook the string around the pegs but since the metal cover doesn't open up its maddening trying to re-string this thing. I'm about to throw this thing across the room!! This problem could easily be addressed by creating a metal bass that allows you to open it up and hook the strings to the hooks instead of going insane trying to feed the strings through and trying to 'fish' them onto the hooks.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ways to make this mandolin play better...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

1. Put light gauge strings on it. This instrument has a laminated plywood top. If you insist on using medium strings on it, the top will eventually cave. This mandolin is not really designed to be played unplugged so heavier strings aren't really necessary. Just turn up the amp.2. Lower the bridge. The best way to do this is to just take the thumb wheels off and let the saddle rest against the wood. The mandolin will be easier to fret and the top will resonate better.3. Raise the pickup. Turn the little screws on either end of the pickup.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

sounds and plays alright but, not built to last

By Gwbrownie

from Alberta

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Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

i have always liked any fender instrument, one of my friends had a really high end fender mandolin that was amazing, so i looked around and this one appealed to me not only because of the brand but because of the pickups and nice sunburst finish, so i bought it and thought it was great, until i later seen the flaws. this mandolin was definatly not built to last because the neck joint had a big old crack in it that was barely noticably but if the neck moved at all you could see inside the neck, and on the neck below the head stock there is a big old crack, i loved this instrument and the brand, but obviously fender isn't putting the quality in their asian made instruments compared to the mexi's and americans

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Deal!!

By MarshmanDW

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Wow! For the cost it's hard to get anything on this caliber. In response to some of the other reviews; of course you gotta get it set up right, it has a floating bridge. Its not a big deal. I had never strung one before and mine was simple and is set well. Sounds great acoustic and electric and the electronics work fine. This mando perfect for someone like me, who is on a budget but wants quality.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Worth every penny

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This is a cheap mandolin... and worth every penny.I have had 6 eclec/acoustic mandos... 4 fenders all about the same tonal quality... average.You're not paying for much and you're not getting much... really there just aren't a lot of options out there for an electic/acoustic mandolin.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not built to last

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I recieved this mandolin in a trade with a friend, and now I see why he wanted to get rid of it. The tuners can't keep the strings tight and the result is a mandolin that goes badly out of tune after 30 seconds or so of strumming. The neck is also badly bowed, and guess what. NO TRUSSROD! That means that there is NO WAY TO FIX IT. Fender should stick to guitars.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Buyer Beware!

By PropaneDaisy

from Denver, Colorado

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Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

So the Fender FM-52E is my first mandolin so I thought I would start with a nice entry-level product. We do some Led Zeppelin, REM and Rod Stewart tunes that require mandolin. So the FM-52E looked like the perfect fit for price, being an acoustic-electric and being from Fender!Boy have I been disappointed. The tone control on my instrument seems to have little or no effect on the sound. And the volume control does not have a linear response - i.e. it is touchy with even small adjustments and really changes rapidly at the high end or the range.And if that isn't all, the assembly was terrible with the gap between the set of D strings and the set of A strings exhibiting a larger gap between them than between the other strings (in effect the D strings are out of alignment). But the big issue was the tuner for the low G string which was installed poorly. This has resulted in a tuner which is EXTREMEMLY difficult to turn. So difficult in fact that I recently snapped off the fingergrip and will now need to get the whole set of tuners replaced.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good for the money

By hofnaguy123

from Carbondale, IL

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

My dad bought this mandolin for me on my birthday so I could learn to play it. the mandolin isn't real bad for the money. it played ok through my marshall, but occasionally it went out of tune in 5 minutes. And the bass strings seemed to scrunch together without me playing it. But i have to admit, it was a pretty good mandolin for the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A VERY well priced mandolin.

By STEVE-O-4WD8a

from Baton Rouge, LA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This mandolin is priced extremely reasonably. You just don't find a mandolin as good quiality for this low price. I bought it a couple months ago. It was and still is my first mandolin and I won't need to upgrade for a while. My only complaints are with the pickup. It just doesn't sound that good amplified. (Maybe that's because I use a keyboard amp.)But other than that, this mandolin is just right for the price and for what a beginner needs.

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