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Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin Vintage Natural 

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Overview

  • Florentine cutaway design
  • Distressed stained matte finish
  • Carved solid spruce top
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    $1,426.90
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    - $627.90
  • Your Price:
    $79900

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Distressed for a classic mandolin look, crafted for a vintage folk tone.

The Washburn M118SW F-style mandolin comes out of the box looking and feeling like a family heirloom. The mandolin is built on the popular F-style platform—a classic acoustic folk design belting out bright, powerful tone. It starts with a carved solid spruce top for warm, balanced tone right out of the box. The mandolin's back and sides are bookmatched carved solid flamed maple, offering tremendous beauty.

The ebony fingerboard over the maple neck offers a warm sustain, while the F-style mandolin design keeps your attack punchy and quick—ideal for chopping away in barn-burnin' bluegrass settings. A subtle rope purfling outlines the Florentine body, while the distressed Allan style tailpiece and distressed stained matte finish continue the vintage look. Four inline open-gear distressed tuning machines offer precise tuning with an aged appearance. The distressed wood and natural finish maintain a timeless folk look and sound that turns heads from parking lot jams to center stage. Includes case.

Features

  • Florentine cutaway design
  • Distressed stained matte finish
  • Carved solid spruce top
  • Book matched carved solid flamed maple back and sides
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Rope purfling on the top edge.
  • 4 inline open gear distressed tuning machines
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Wider neck, nut, and string spacing
  • Aged Allan style tailpiece
  • Color: vintage natural
  • Includes case

Ready to hit the parking lot jams right out of the box. Order your Washburn F-style mando factory fresh today.

 
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WashburnM118SW F-Style Mandolin
 
3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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5.0

See and hear it being played

By Captain Ledge

from Oklahoma....

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

    This needed to set up out of the box. It is definitely improving with age. It looks sweet and my lovely wife will barely let anyone touch it. we had an LR Braggs pickup put in it and the luthier had no problems getting it in the right spot or setting it up. If you would like to hear it then check out this YouTube video. We're The Captain Ledge Band and the mando is the same one we bought from musicians friend.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2j9iIwlbfo&list=UUu93bioSFXHBtCJrbgJiITw&feature=share&index=3

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    quality hit or miss - buyer beware

    By mshock

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Some Are Good

    Cons

    • Bad Distressing
    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      I bought this mandolin as my first mando to learn on. It has some fair reviews across the internet - though Washburn is nowhere near as well known or consistant as Eastman, Kentucky and other lines. I really liked the distressed look in the pics. Unfortunately, the distressing on the horn tore up some of the purfling which was the main reason I had to return it. Secondly, it did not come setup very well at all. Action too high, intonation all wrong. I guess I did not expect much, though, this being an internet mass vendor. Some people swear this model is a good deal, but I would steer clear for a more well-known brand. It's hard to find quality F style body mandolins in this price range. I ended up increasing my budget a few hundred and buying an Eastman 615 secondhand which I couldn't be happier with. This Washburn is probably one you'd want to see and play before purchasing, it has potential but as I found out - quality control is hit or miss.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not for everyone

      By Skeeter-f0mnx

      from Great Plains

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      Pros

      • Bluegrass Bark
      • Consistent
      • Loud
      • Wider Neck

      Cons

      • Bluegrass Bark
      • Distressed Finish
      • Setup

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      "The Bluegrass Bark" is a mixed blessing. When I play bluegrass I love it. When I play other styles I wish for a less harsh, less shrill tone. This thing can get LOUD and SHRILL playing chords and the sound cuts through, you will be heard.

      My main reason for buying this was the wider neck. As I get older, my fingers need all the help they can get. I am not a fan of distressed finishes but this seemed to be the best bang for the buck.

      The bridge sting slot for the first G string was cut a whisker too deep. This was an easy fix but should have been caught at the factory.

      This is too much money but then all decent mandolins are. I do not understand why mandolins are so bloody high priced compared to guitars. Is a great puzzlement!

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Mandomydreams Is A Big Mistake

      By 4got10one

      from Chicago

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      Pros

      • Florentine sytle

      Cons

      • Maple looks like plywood
      • Plastic and plywood look
      • Plastic purfling
      • Poorly Manufactured

      Best Uses

      • Returning to store

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      I've never been so disappointed with an instrument. The cheap Fender I already own looks light and delicate in comparison to the Washburn. Such a fancy pants case, yet when I opened it the thickness of the plastic purfling reminded me of those white, red, and black plastic toy guitars from the dime store of my childhood. And the "antique" finish makes the wood look like plywood, dark and cheap. Returned it for a Loar M-600.

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I really have no clue

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      I like the mandolin a lot despite the flaws. I very much wish that American manufacturers could compete in price but that isn't going to happen. It stays in tune and the machine heads are tight and work well so far and it has a completely adjustable bridge. I'm going to try the alternate stringing method with octave strings for the G and D and see how that works to improve playability.
      I like the "Washburn" name too because "Eastman" sounds like "Eastman Kodak".

      It's a really nice looking Mandolin and it comes with a distressed case with a green felt lining that is very nice too. I don't care for Sunburst finish so this is a really nice alternative. I don't know if it is easy to play or not because I have no criteria on which to judge. I've never played one before. But mandolin stores like to call this one "cheap" so it might be that it has a hard action. I am considering having an expert look at it to maybe improve the height and playability some. I tried adjusting the bridge myself and it was as low as possible out of the box. It stays in tune all the way up the neck and that is good and it is crisp and has a good volume output.
      Again,I'll give it a high rating because I've never seen a top model. The music store locally doesn't carry anything past the price point of the Washburn and the ones they have, with typical Sunburst finish, look cheap. Quality appears pretty good except the glue joints from the neck to the body are very sloppy. They may have been trying for that "distressed" look again but it concerns me. I expect clean joints. Same with the inlay. The inlay is uneven in spots around the neck joints and there is glue overspray. I suppose for the price that is to be expected although this price or so is very costly to me.
      I think for this price, any Chinese made mandolin will be about the same in value. Many say the Eastman is a better instrument but there were none available at this price. I was able to afford the Washburn in this awful economy and it is fun to play.

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      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great mandolin for the price.

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      Tone and volume is great. Set up out of the box was okay. I was pleasently supprised by the sound. Nice case. would recommend mandovoodoo to maximize the sound and set up. Great instrument for the money. Would also consider the Richie Owens model for about the same price.

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      (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best bang for the buck

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Washburn M118SW F-Style Mandolin:

      This mandolin plays and sounds great. Chop and single note quality, loud too.

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