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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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(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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE PRICE DID NOT MATCH THE OUTCOME...

    By Santino Gaeft

    from Gresham, Oregon

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    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...

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good product for the money

      By Matt

      from Allen, TX

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      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Get what ya pay for

      By rondayvudo

      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.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Fantastic Buy, Highly Recommended!

        By LilBird17

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this Mandolin

          By Les Kitchings

          from Aiken, SC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              This sounds great, and what a value. Didn't break the bank and fills the bill!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              ibanez a style electric mandolin

              By guitar G.

              from omaha

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              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              sounds great, plays great, but i had to shave the bridge to get it right, but only about 1/8th of an inch and there is plenty of wood there to get it right. after that, the action was low and fast!
              a nice, easy, plug and play mandolin.
              it ain't a gibson, but for the dough it's pretty good.
              huge value.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Value

              By MrTwistoff

              from Boulder CO

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              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              I'm no mandolin expert (a guitarist by nature) but picked this up because it was very reasonbly priced and a nice addition to the options list. For what it cost and just having the ability to play one every once in a while I'm really happy with it.

              I've got quite a few guitars, so by comparison this feels like an entry level instrument. Still for an entry level it's really great fun and sound nice.
              Very good value with electrification at this price point. Had a good finish, amps sound clear enough. Volume and tone work well, and it's fun to play.
              Fairly good quality. The top appears thing, but without knowning more about Mandolins I can't venture a relative rating. Tuning heads are nice, general construction feels pretty good.
              This is a really good value. For a reasonable price you're getting a nice instrument. Couldn't see another entry level instrument of the same quality.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Highly Recommended

              By Jonathan-cJlOE

              from Joplin, MO

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              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              I do not know much about mandolins. I just recently got interested in playing one and so I bought this one so I could learn how to play. As far as appearance goes it has a very beautiful look. Acoustically it has a very nice tone. I tested it on my Line 6 amp (not the best for acoustic instruments I know) and it sounded just fine on it. I can't say I have ever gotten such quality for such a low price. If you are wanting to learn the mandolin and are looking for one to learn on, this one would be my recommendation. It does not look nor play cheap and it stays in tune. Very good buy.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              VERY NICE!

              By Scott

              from Florida

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              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              Got this a couple years ago, starting on a cheap rogue then got this once I learned a couple cords. Had some minor warrenty issues, but the difference was unbeilivable. I just brought it with me ti Iraq and it has been a God send. I bought it too have electric access and although I have not used it in that copacity it sounds perfect. I played it through my Kustom acoustic amp and the settings did not even have to change from my Ibanez 6 string, which is nice for live. Cannot go wrong for the price, it is pro-quality, for bargain bucks.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good mandolin

              By duster

              from mass.

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              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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