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Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin  

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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
       
      3.4

      (based on 45 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (12)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (11)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Incredible Deal!!

      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...Read complete review

      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.

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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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      4.0

      I'm glad I got this

      By HangTime

      from Villa Park, IL

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      Pros

      • Electric Works
      • Excellent First Mandolin
      • Nice Price

      Cons

      • Set Up Instruction Needed
      • Tuning Keys Not Optimal

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      The tuning keys get tight. I'm going to take this in to my music shop (Different Strummer) and have them check it out. Maybe I can swap out better tuning keys for a reasonable amount. That's my major complaint. I know the string change, when it happens , is going to be a learning experience. It does seem to drop out of tune a touch, but not even a half step. The G tuners are the tightest and where the sound moves the most with a little turn, which is tough to do. That being said, I like this instrument, it's my first mandolin, I've already used it out with my band, The Sons Of The New Amish. I'm practicing as much as possible, and wouldn't be doing without this reasonably priced first mandolin

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

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

      The mandolin was shipped promptly, but the shipper left the container open on my front steps and the bridge was missing. I took the mandolin, which was in fine shape otherwise, to a repair shop to have the bridge replaced.
      The pickup works nicely
      The instrument, which was made in China, appears to be well made.
      This price for a used electric mandolin seemed like a good price.

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      (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.

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      sounds and plays alright but, not built to last

      By Gwbrownie

      from Alberta

      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

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      (6 of 8 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.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Deal!!

      By MarshmanDW

      from Undisclosed

      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.

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      (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.

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      (5 of 6 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.

      Comment on this review

      (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.

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      (3 of 3 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.

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