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Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin  Dark Violin Sunburst 

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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 ...Read More

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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 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), 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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good mandolin

By 

from mass,

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

    This is a decent mandolin for the money I picked it up for playing over a amp. It sounds very good and the finish is nice but like all new mandolins you need to have it set-up by a luthier that knows what he is doing! If you try this your self and don't know what your doing you could run into a hole lot of problems and you will never get it right! Mine needed to have the bridge fitted to the body and the action adjusted, also notation set and a new set of GHS steel mandolin strings, you have to use steel strings because of the pick-up on the mandolin it will sound much better! ( It comes with cheap steel ones) once you have this all done RIGHT, you will hear and feel how good this mandolin can perform! It surely makes a big deference.

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poorly Constructed Instrument

    By 

    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.

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      5.0

      Fantastic buy

      By 

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          Bought this as a gift and it is in great shape. Really happy with the purchase and the price.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Well, it's in the shape of a mandolin.

          By 

          from huntsville, al.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Acceptable Acoustic Tone
          • Acceptable Tone
          • Cheap

          Cons

          • Horrible Action
          • Will Not Intonate

          Best Uses

          • Toughening Fingertips

          Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          I've owned this since Oct. 2011 and I finally gave up on it today. 1. this thing will never intonate correctly. the bridge has been adjusted back and forth dozens of times. can only conclude that the instrument is dimensionally flawed from design. 2. string action is horribly high. the plastic nut has been filed down nearly to the fretboard and the bridge is at its lowest setting. Still the action cannot be corrected. Be forewarned. this item is a toy. Oh, but if it could stay in tune, it has a decent tone.

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          5.0

          Good bang for the buck & sounds good

          By 

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

            Have used this Mandolin in our band for the last two years. Bought it because it's an acoustic electric. Nice sound, easy to play, looks good. More expensive ones did not merit the price they were asking. If you're a beginner or just adding Mandolin to some of your gig list, this Mandolin will do the job. Haven't any issues with it.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THE PRICE DID NOT MATCH THE OUTCOME...

            By 

            from Gresham, Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              Playing rhythm guitar for almost 45 years, I was really captivated of the excellent tone of this mandolin guitar...I was looking for a guitar sound that supplement my style of playing and this Ibanez product really filled up those holes...The 6th and 7th fret is dead in E-string but I do not go there anyway so it is perfect...Thanks Musician Friend for the great #4 Condition low pricing but with an excellent outcome...

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very good product for the money

              By 

              from Allen, TX

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Gorgeous

              Cons

              • Funky Feedback Sometimes

              Best Uses

              • Great Starter

              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              I had never picked-up a Mandolin before I bought this one, so I can't say how it compares to Mando's as a whole, but this little Ibanez I really like. I really wanted to learn Mandolin (have been playing guitar for 8-9 years now), and the best way to learn something, IMO, is just to do it. So I did my research, looked at a lot of "beginner" Mando's and decided on this one (Also got it on sale!) You open the box, and the first thing you notice about it is the coloring and the finish, very beautiful as far as mass produced instruments go. When you get it, I strongly recommend changing the strings as the factory strings are just sub-par. This will also give you a chance to get the little piece of foam from under the bridge, as well as the rest of the packing materials that help protect it. I use nanoweb Elixer's (wonderful strings) and once I got a set of those on it, they helped bring out the great tones that are in this Mando. I use the electrics quite a bit with my Irish Band, and if you can get the right cable for it, then the feedback will be completely eliminated. I use a balanced male 1/4" to XLR cable that just goes straight into our Mixer, and it sounds great. If this doesn't work for you, try a Direct Box, that usually balances things out as well. Overall, love this little Mando....wonderful beginner instrument, sounds great, and was a wonderful purchase.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The Truth

              By 

              from Minnesota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Get what ya pay for

                    By 

                    from Los Alamos, NM

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful looking

                    Cons

                    • Pick guard covers hole

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

                      The tone is no better than the common $50 you might find, but this mandolin is definitely easy on the eyes. The pick guard is attached to the pickup so you can't remove it and it covers half of one of the sound holes. But the advantage is that you have the electric pickup. I feel it's worth [$]. Can't expect maple sides and backing and ebony fretboard and quality workmanship for that price.

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A Fantastic Buy, Highly Recommended!

                      By 

                      from Richmond, VA

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Play
                      • Good Tone
                      • Very Pretty

                      Cons

                      • Fuzzy Feedback

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

                        This is my first mandolin, but upon the day of arrival, I was completely taken away by just how pretty it was! The finish though is much more glossy than it appears in the picture though, which I felt was kind of misleading. Also, I need to replace the strings and remove a thin sheet of foam from underneath the bridge. I tried really hard to get it off, but it looks like when I change the strings, I'll have to take up the bridge... Also, I wouldn't recommend leaving it hot on the stand, it gets some knarly feedback at times, especially when close to my amp. It has a tendency to lose volume at times. Sometimes when I practice with it plugged in, the sound will just cut. Also, I suggest getting or trying a different cable than the one that comes with it. I changed it, and it fixed the problem. BUT other than that it plays great (once it was fixed), and I would highly recommend it to both beginners and those who are more experienced.

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