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Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin  

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This little beauty features a solid spruce top, nato back and sides, and 4-ply ivory binding. It's gorgeous to behold and the sound quality is except...Read More

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Pretty to look at; fun to play!

This little beauty features a solid spruce top, nato back and sides, and 4-ply ivory binding. It's gorgeous to behold and the sound quality is exceptional. 4-in-line gold tuners with white plastic tuning knobs.

Case sold separately.

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  • Solid spruce top
  • Nato back and sides

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FenderFM-53S Acoustic Mandolin
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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great mando at low price

I have been looking for one and found an used one which I bought for 80$ !!! I had to do some little fixing work (replace one broken tuning knob), re-polishing...Read complete review

I have been looking for one and found an used one which I bought for 80$ !!! I had to do some little fixing work (replace one broken tuning knob), re-polishing it. Now it looks clean and the sound is great, warm and loud compare to the brand new Savanah I have been playing with.One recommendation: ignore the bad rating from any buyer who complain about mandolin tuning. New mandolins must be setup before you can tune it. I had one in the closet for years that I can never tune until I learn how to setup mandolin (online) , then I start playing from that day.

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basic, no-frills with problems

This Fender FM-53S is a $$$ mandolin, and unfortunately in the world of mandolin luthery, I guess $$$ does not buy you much.Fit and Finish: The lacquer is unevenly applied...Read complete review

This Fender FM-53S is a $$$ mandolin, and unfortunately in the world of mandolin luthery, I guess $$$ does not buy you much.Fit and Finish: The lacquer is unevenly applied on my mando with spots where it is thick and other spots where it is thin. The sound holes were cut with little attention to detail as the hole edges do not appear to be sanded at all.Playability: As was previously mentioned, the frets need attention. Out of the box, both the 11th and 12th fret on the A-string gave me an "A." There was also lots and lots of fret noise on the D-string. The action needs to be set VERY high to eliminate the above problems. Additionally, after two trips to the luthier, the instrument is still out of tune with itself--(problem with luthier or instrument??).Sound: The sound (excepting fret noise and intonation problems) is louder and more warm than other mandos I have played in this price range.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great mando at low price

By ktnwin99

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

I have been looking for one and found an used one which I bought for 80$ !!! I had to do some little fixing work (replace one broken tuning knob), re-polishing it. Now it looks clean and the sound is great, warm and loud compare to the brand new Savanah I have been playing with.One recommendation: ignore the bad rating from any buyer who complain about mandolin tuning. New mandolins must be setup before you can tune it. I had one in the closet for years that I can never tune until I learn how to setup mandolin (online) , then I start playing from that day.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Good Mando

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

The finish and the warm sounding tone are much better then my kentucky although the kentucky has more volume. The action is better on this one too. This mando would probably be my first choice if I bought another one.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great begginer mandolin

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

I bought this mandolin as my first. I have played guitar for years and wanted a cheap mandolin to mess around and learn on. For the price, this Fender 53S is the best quality begginer mandolin. Great tone, and nice low action. My only complaints are that the binding from the neck to the fretboard is very sloppy, and there is a small dip in the neck that makes a few frets rattle a little bit. Also, the bridge is a kind of funny; it leans forward a little and the spacing of the strings is uneven. If you are a begginer, you will enjoy this mandolin. If you are an intermediate player, spend more money.

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5.0

Great A-Model Mandolin for the money

By Texas Rocker

from McKinney, TX

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

Ever since I've played the mandolin, I've always tried many different brands. My great uncle owns this mandolin and I used it in a jam session at his house. This has got to be the best A-model I've played so far. This mandolin is much better than my crummy 1980s A-model mandolin.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great instrument for beginner or intermediate

By Idaho Spud

from Everett, WA

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

I have had my FM-53S for three years, having never owned a stringed instrument before. After mastering a few basic chords I found myself unable to put it down and now play on a daily basis, both at home and bluegrass jams. The tone quality has always been satisfactory although the volume produced was somewhat of a disappointment initially. After some minor setup adjustment and trying different strings I have the sound and volume that can be heard while jamming with my bluegrass friends. For the money, you can't go wrong with this instrument. The key is starting out with the right setup and a change to higher quality light strings.

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4.0

Great for beginners.

By Billy Savage

from Los Angeles

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

The set-up takes a bit of work, but what instrument doesn't? It came with the fretboard a bit chewed up, but not where it matters. Once I got mine dialed, I couldn't put it down. It's a great way to get in the game without dropping big dollars. Costs about the same as a Gibson A-style case. I liked it so much that I ordered an FM63 so I can compare them. I wonder how much better the 63 sounds? I can't wait for it to get here.

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3.0

basic, no-frills with problems

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

This Fender FM-53S is a $$$ mandolin, and unfortunately in the world of mandolin luthery, I guess $$$ does not buy you much.Fit and Finish: The lacquer is unevenly applied on my mando with spots where it is thick and other spots where it is thin. The sound holes were cut with little attention to detail as the hole edges do not appear to be sanded at all.Playability: As was previously mentioned, the frets need attention. Out of the box, both the 11th and 12th fret on the A-string gave me an "A." There was also lots and lots of fret noise on the D-string. The action needs to be set VERY high to eliminate the above problems. Additionally, after two trips to the luthier, the instrument is still out of tune with itself--(problem with luthier or instrument??).Sound: The sound (excepting fret noise and intonation problems) is louder and more warm than other mandos I have played in this price range.

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(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Waste of Money

By Democratken

from NE US

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

Four months after purchasing this mandolin, the bridge needed ajusting already. In my assumption that it needed a simple tuning, one of the strings broke. Do you have any idea how hard it is to string one of these things? I was told by the music store where I bought it that it needing a bridge adjustment after such a short time is "normal". Are you kidding?! I must have used it only a dozen times. This instrument is a hopeless waste of money.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Fender FM-53S is grrreat!

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

The Fender FM-53S is great in all aspects. Compared with a Breedlove Mandolin, it surpassed the sound and quality of the Breedlove.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing is great

By PWFrocks

from Montgomery, AL

Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

I love this mandolin. It is comfortable to play and sounds great. For anyone with a brain, it will be simple to pick up and easy to jam on immediately. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new sound or a great mandolin.

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