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Fender FM52SE A-Style Mandolin

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The Fender FM52SE merges traditional styling with Fender's advanced manufacturing for an A-Style mandolin with great sound and a very affordable pric...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get into a new world of folk and bluegrass styles with this very affordably priced mandolin!

The Fender FM52SE merges traditional styling with Fender's advanced manufacturing for an A-Style mandolin with great sound and a very affordable price. Features include dot position inlays, 2-ply black pickguard, 4-ply body binding, bound fingerboard, chrome tailpiece, and "F" soundholes.

Dot position inlays
2-ply black pickguard
4-ply body binding
Bound fingerboard Chrome tailpiece
"F" soundholes

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By drummerboy3801

from Peoria, IL

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Where should i begin? I bought this thing thinking i would learn the mandolin just for fun. I like Nickel Creek and thought it'd be cool to have one. I like my fender strat and my brothers jazz bass so I figured they would make a quality mandolin. Oh but I was wrong. The first one I got had an out of the box defect. The 10th and 11th frets were messed up and so guitar center sent it back. 2.5 weeks later, a new one comes in. This one's action is extremely high and the lowest string is way to close to the edge of the fretboard while the highest string is way to far away. Now I don't know what I'm going to do with it...maybe smash it over my own head. Either way don't buy this mandolin.


Great starter mando

By Moose

from Placentia, CA

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Got it as a gift. tuned it up, cleaned the strings, and the body, humidified the case. 24 hours later. learned my first chords and it sounds great. will break it in for a few weeks, then take to local guitar shop and set it up, and restring. Great for a started. plugs in nice, run through a DI to avoid feedback. Overall a great value. Will and should lead to the more expensive mando's eventually. Might as well start on this and make sure you really dig it first. No worries on this mando.


This is a great instrument!

By Patrick-V5-W.

from Perry Hall, MD.

I got the FM52SE for Christmas and it took a little time for setting it up and tuning, but that wasn't a problem. Once I had it the way I like it, it's a sweet sounding mandolin. I enjoy playing it and it really sings. I have high standards for quality and this sweet little mandolin meets my standards.


Best of the Cheap-Outs

By RabidPicker

from Calgary, Canada

I recently decided to get a cheap mandolin to mess with. After a lot of on-line investigation and hands-on sampling, this was my choice. You need to know: 1. for this kind of money, you will not get a perfect mandolin, it will have some issues; 2. all the mandolins in this price range are made in China, and have a lot of the same components (they are likely even made in the same place); and 3. no two are ever the same. If you buy one on-line you put yourself at extreme risk, as it could easily be a lemon. That being said, I tried a few different Fender FM52E's and they were all decent quality, and sounded WAY better than the Ibanez M510E. Mine has a slight flaw on the side of the fingerboard binding from the 15th to 18th fret, but has no effect on playability so its OK. The tuners are plastic as opposed to chrome, but don't let that fool you. $1000 mandolins have plastic tuners also. This one stays in tune.The electronics are decent, although it would be nice if the pickup could be raised a little higher. Nickel strings are preferred if using the pickup. The volulme and tone pots sound clean, no scratching.The intonation was, of course, out when I bought it, but was easy enough to correct, and now has very good intonation. The action is good with the bridge at it's lowest position...I don't know why it's even adjustable, it should just be a solid piece.Compared to others I looked at, this one seems to have thicker top wood. I've heard of "cave in" issues with the Fender, but looking at the wood I should think this is more likely with the Alabama ALM 20E which has a fairly thin mahogany top.All in all, the Fender got my vote, and is likely the best of the cheap-outs!


Fender FM52SE A-Style

By woodra

from Michigan

Just received this Fender FM52SE A-Style mandolin. The neck is straight and there are no finish flaws that I can see. I haven't plugged it into an amp yet. Setup from the factory is very good on this particular instrument and it has that crisp clear bluegrass sound. As a semi-beginner on mandolin I would purchase this instrument again.


It's really not built to last...

By Mike-mV7ln

from Connecticut

I have to start out by saying I love this Mandolin, but I've just had so many problems with it in the short year-long relationship that the two of us have shared. Around 3 months the strain of the strings broke the bridge, snapping it clean. Fender refused to cover it and guitar center ended up picking up the slack, since it was so soon after purchasing. About two months after, the whole body sunk in, despite the mandolin being kept in as best conditions I could. Fender again refused to cover it under warranty. And this is only a few of the problems with mine. It's a great mandolin, but Fender did not build it to last, and refuses to stand behind any real defects or problems you may encounter, so buy at your own risk.

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