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Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin  Dark Violin Sunburst

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OVERVIEW

The bittersweet sounds of the great Smoky Mountains can be yours for a great price.

Ibanez has a storied history in bluegrass and acoustic music. Even Bill Monroe explored the Ibanez line of mandolins way back in the 1970s. Once you hear these little 8-strings, it's not surprising.

Designed under the premiere craftsmanship of Ibanez luthiers and using fine tonewoods, this Ibanez mandolin sounds great and will stand the test of time, without a high price tag. Built in the teardrop A-style platform, the M510EDVS features mahogany for the neck, back, and sides offering a crisp attack and lasting high-end sustain-ideal for chopping away in the rhythm or for shimmering solos. The top is spruce, contributing to a balanced tone that can rise above the rhythm of the other band-mates.

The M510EDVS's magnetic pickup delivers true mandolin sound. Just plug in and pick away, with volume and tone passive controls to customize and dial in your ultimate sound. Many other appointments set this Ibanez mandolin apart, including chrome hardware and tuners, rosewood bridge and fretboard, and the dark violin sunburst finish.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body Shape: A-Style
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Top: Spruce
  • Tuners: Chrome Hardware
  • Pickup: Single-Coil magnetic
  • Electronics: Volume and Tone Passive Controls
  • Fretboard and Bridge: Rosewood
  • Strings: Standard Mandolin
  • Finishes: Dark violin sunburst high-gloss finish
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS

A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

  • Scale/Length: 350mm
    Width at Nut: 30mm
    Width at Joint: 40mm
    Thickness 1st Fret: 22mm
    Thickness 7th Fret: 24.5mm
    Radius: Flat
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IbanezA-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Truth

I am a 20 year guitarist and have been playing other stringed instruments almost literally my whole life. Lately I've been wanting to take up the mandolin so I purchased this instrument. Ibanez is...Read complete review

I am a 20 year guitarist and have been playing other stringed instruments almost literally my whole life. Lately I've been wanting to take up the mandolin so I purchased this instrument. Ibanez is all I play in electric guitars and I always recommend their lower line instruments to beginners who need an affordable but playable guitar.This mandolin is no variance from the path of unequalled value Ibanez forges. Let's be honest here. This is a [$] instrument. It comes poorly set up which is ok if you or someone you know can fix it. Even with quality adjustments it really loses its tune past the 5th or 6th fret. Its sound is a little dull and difficult to manipulate. It is much more suited to chording and background and will have trouble cutting through a mix when desired. However the more than adequate pickup can aid this. Playing hard for one or two songs will put the instrument out of tune. Its bridge is uncomfortable to play around and the saddle to which the strings are connected is chincey. The finish is also poor and can feel a bit sticky when it gets warm from one's arm resting on it.I feel it relevant to mention these things as most reviews of this instrument are not particularly critical. However, at [$] this is a remarkable value for a very playable acoustic/electric mandolin. It's a great beginners instrument but I can see myself wanting something more in a year if I stick with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poorly Constructed Instrument

I own this mandolin, tho after about a year and a half it was deemed unplayable. The instrument started to cave in under the pickup from F-hole to f-hole. The pickup was the...Read complete review

I own this mandolin, tho after about a year and a half it was deemed unplayable. The instrument started to cave in under the pickup from F-hole to f-hole. The pickup was the only thing that was appealing about this instrument, over all tone was very much lacking. perhaps i just got a bad one of the bunch, but when i contacted Ibanez about the problem they told me i was out of their warranty and there was nothing they could do for me. Not sure which was worse the mandolin of the customer service.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gets Better with Time

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This mandolin sounded pretty nice (acoustically) right out of the box, but after its aged a bit, the sound has really opened up. Plugged in, it really cuts thru the mix. I play in a Praise Band with 4 other musicians (plus vocals) and the only problem has been feedback. I can tweak it ever so slightly to eliminate that, but I have to be careful, especially if I leave it "hot" on its stand while playing my guitar.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Nice Instrument

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

If I hadn't had to do so much setup I would have rated the instrument higher but overall it's a fairly decent electric mando. I would reccommend it if you're looking for a mando for not too much dinero.
This mandolin has some really great features for the money. I was very pleased because MF had mine priced down because of it being used. I had to do some setup work before it was playable but, I enjoy doing this anyway. It souds great through an amp or miked or just plain played acousticly. For the money I spent it was a great buy.
Quality could have been better in that I did have to do quite a bit of setup but, as I said I kinda enjoy doing that anyway. The color,finish, and fit of the instrument wasn't too bad but, then again I didn't pay a lot for it.
For what the instrument sells for you do get a nice package.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Truth

By Horhay

from Minnesota

About Me Professional Musician

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Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I am a 20 year guitarist and have been playing other stringed instruments almost literally my whole life. Lately I've been wanting to take up the mandolin so I purchased this instrument. Ibanez is all I play in electric guitars and I always recommend their lower line instruments to beginners who need an affordable but playable guitar.This mandolin is no variance from the path of unequalled value Ibanez forges. Let's be honest here. This is a [$] instrument. It comes poorly set up which is ok if you or someone you know can fix it. Even with quality adjustments it really loses its tune past the 5th or 6th fret. Its sound is a little dull and difficult to manipulate. It is much more suited to chording and background and will have trouble cutting through a mix when desired. However the more than adequate pickup can aid this. Playing hard for one or two songs will put the instrument out of tune. Its bridge is uncomfortable to play around and the saddle to which the strings are connected is chincey. The finish is also poor and can feel a bit sticky when it gets warm from one's arm resting on it.I feel it relevant to mention these things as most reviews of this instrument are not particularly critical. However, at [$] this is a remarkable value for a very playable acoustic/electric mandolin. It's a great beginners instrument but I can see myself wanting something more in a year if I stick with it.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun little thing

By Lee Douma

from Indiana

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 20 years and have wanted a mandolin for years. I finally decided it was time, but I didn't have much to spend. I'm very pleased with this purchase. I'm amazed at the quality of the construction for this price (though I was disappointed to find a scratch on the pick guard--probably from handling at the distribution center.) It sounds wonderful amplified or acoustic and holds its tune through prolonged hard strumming. I ordered new Elixir strings when I ordered the mandolin (knowing the factory strings wouldn't be much good), and they sound wonderful. My 14-year-old son has been playing it more than I have, and we both love it.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW, So much instrument for such little cost!!

By Dee

from Wisconsin

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Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Absolutely fantastic, the mahogany body produces sweet mellow sounds with fantastic sustain and nice attack. Quite loud. But wait, there's more, it also has a pick up. it does sound oh soooo sweeeet.
Great instrument well worth the money.
You will need to setup the bridge and saddle for proper action. Yes this mando is that good!!!!
Can't beat the quality, fit and finish for this price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mandolin for the price

By C. Taylor

from Tulsa, OK

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Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I have used this for about 6 months now. It is a great mandolin! I have played it on stage plugged into the house system with a band and it performs great! Acoustic it is very nice. It projects alot! Just be sure you change the strings pretty quick because 2 months into having it i changed them and realized how much better sounding the mandolin was. If you are starting out and want a good deal, here it is.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Instrument

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Just recieved this the other day, it was a customer return, except for a little chip by the volume knob it was perfect. Checked the intonation,lowered the bridge,raised the pickup,put on a new set of Dadario strings and, for what I paid for this mando it's a dandy! Plays great, sounds great unplugged and, plugged in both ways. The dark finish is really beautiful, very satisfied with this purchase. Considered buying an inexpensive model w/o the electronics but, I picked this one up for about the same price that I would have paid for the non-electric model, really glad MF had a deal on this one. Thanks MF, you guys really come through and, I love your FREE shipping! Keep up the good work and, the good deals, You guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poorly Constructed Instrument

By none

from Egg Harbor, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

    • Don't Use

    Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

    I own this mandolin, tho after about a year and a half it was deemed unplayable. The instrument started to cave in under the pickup from F-hole to f-hole. The pickup was the only thing that was appealing about this instrument, over all tone was very much lacking. perhaps i just got a bad one of the bunch, but when i contacted Ibanez about the problem they told me i was out of their warranty and there was nothing they could do for me. Not sure which was worse the mandolin of the customer service.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first mandolin

    By Michael Meissner

    from Sydney Australia

    Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

    Really nice beginners instrument
    The pick up is very handy
    As new except for some minor scratches which do not affect the playability
    Nice saving due to scratches, as new insrument

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Buy

    Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

    I'm new to the mandolin but didn't want to learn on anything too cheap ... this is a nice instrument. It holds its tuning and has good sound. I recommend it. Its a good buy.

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