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A beautiful A-style mandolin, with some real power.

The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin offers a modern look and quality craftsmanship that has made Washburn a household name. The mandolin is built on the popular A-style platform-a classic acoustic folk design producing deep, powerful attack. It starts with a solid spruce top for warm, balanced tone right out of the box. The arched back and sides are maple, offering beauty and performance.

The bound rosewood fingerboard promotes warm sustain, while the A-style design and the oval soundhole produces and full tone and projection-ideal for soloing and rhythm in barn-burnin' bluegrass or folk settings. A striking white binding outlines the teardrop body and gold tuning machines offer precise tuning in a modern appearance. The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin comes out of the box ready to jam. Thanks to Washburn's careful handmade craftsmanship, this 8-string bluegrass standard will compliment any string band outfit, from parking lot jams to center stage. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • A-style body design
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple sides
  • Arched maple back
  • Oval soundhole
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Florentine headstock
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Black/white pickguard
  • Gold tuners and hardware
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 20 frets
  • 13-3/4" scale
  • Nut width: 1.13"
  • Stained/buffed gloss finish
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WashburnM1SDL A-Style Mandolin
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great tone, value

I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of...Read complete review

I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of positive reviews and went on sale, so I took a shot.

It's a tremendous value. It has that 'tubby' tone associated with oval hole mandos and once I put my preferred strings on it, it was fairly loud. It's pretty, too. Action was terrific right out of the box, although the intonation had to be adjusted (and that's not something everyone can do, although it's not terribly hard).

It has a solid, pressed (not carved, but whaddyawant at this price point?) top and ply sides and back. Construction quality seems very good and the mando is genuinely pretty, although I did find a very small finish flaw (and didn't care). Top looked to be of a lower grade spruce -- but again, that's a probably function of price and shouldn't affect performance much, if at all.

The price shows up in a few other places: Frets are very thin -- but function perfectly fine. Tuners are cheap-looking but actually work quite well! Bridge is rosewood and also of very basic quality, as is the very thin tailpiece. Everything worked without much hassle, though, so again it's hard to complain at this price point. I'll probably swap out the bridge and call it a day.

This would be a great beginner or 'campfire' mandolin unless you really want that piercing bluegrass 'chop' and shorter sustain that comes with f-hole mandolins. Ovals have a warmer, more balanced tone with a lot more sustain. This one hits that target nicely at a great price even when it's not on sale! It's hard for me to imagine getting a better bang-for-buck mando.

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Poor quality control - Twice!

This instrument looks beautiful until you look closer. I had to return the original and its replacement. The first had pick marks on the finish and the second had a broken string and small...Read complete review

This instrument looks beautiful until you look closer. I had to return the original and its replacement. The first had pick marks on the finish and the second had a broken string and small chip in the nut. Both had rusty strings and were not set up to play. Each had the bridge packaged separately so buyers will need some expertise to get it playable. It is definitely not as described by MF "The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin comes out of the box ready to jam." nor does it have "balanced tone right out of the box". Both these statements lead me to think it would be set up.

The only positive comment I have is that the MF customer service people were friendly and efficient once you could speak to them and you were not on hold. The return process is pretty simple but a pain which should not be necessary.

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(14 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

beware - cost doesnt end at check out

By ph wolf

from jacksonville, fla

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong
  • Sweet Finish

Cons

  • Breaks Easy
  • Fair Tuning Keys

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

lets say i was a little more excited about this product with the picture than when i received it.
1st off, i'am not a novice of string instruments,
and have frequented stages as a performer, for last 27yrs as a guitar player. from the 8 pieces i've ordered from musicians friend, this was the most trying. at most i've been a very happy camper BUT, if you have no pior understanding of this instrument and without pior knollege about getting it in a unplayable condition, you'll most likely be as disapointed as i was. these madolins come to you without any inspection from mfg, i found the bridge floating around in box, and forget about any instructions, or info, as to how to set bridge, tune, or set up. my friends / musician friend, nor their techs couldn't advise either .
needless to say, after several calls around town and trips to several locations pricing tech set up cost and bridge repair , i found a tech with time to do it and reasonable price, (my out of pocket cost).
now i can truely say i've got a mandolin.
this little mandolin now rings like a bell, and finish and detail is beautiful. i know some will say that i needed to spend more to get quality, but i did pick mid range, and i would have exspect from musicians friend to advise you of conditions, that you would have to spend a quarter of the price to get it playable.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone, value

By Frobozz

from Alexandria, Va

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good-looking
  • Good Tone
  • Great Bang-for-buck

Cons

  • Some Cheap-ish Parts
  • Very Minor Finish Issues

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Great For Newbies
  • Nice 'campfire' Mando
  • Practicing

Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of positive reviews and went on sale, so I took a shot.

It's a tremendous value. It has that 'tubby' tone associated with oval hole mandos and once I put my preferred strings on it, it was fairly loud. It's pretty, too. Action was terrific right out of the box, although the intonation had to be adjusted (and that's not something everyone can do, although it's not terribly hard).

It has a solid, pressed (not carved, but whaddyawant at this price point?) top and ply sides and back. Construction quality seems very good and the mando is genuinely pretty, although I did find a very small finish flaw (and didn't care). Top looked to be of a lower grade spruce -- but again, that's a probably function of price and shouldn't affect performance much, if at all.

The price shows up in a few other places: Frets are very thin -- but function perfectly fine. Tuners are cheap-looking but actually work quite well! Bridge is rosewood and also of very basic quality, as is the very thin tailpiece. Everything worked without much hassle, though, so again it's hard to complain at this price point. I'll probably swap out the bridge and call it a day.

This would be a great beginner or 'campfire' mandolin unless you really want that piercing bluegrass 'chop' and shorter sustain that comes with f-hole mandolins. Ovals have a warmer, more balanced tone with a lot more sustain. This one hits that target nicely at a great price even when it's not on sale! It's hard for me to imagine getting a better bang-for-buck mando.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M1SDL

By DAN BOOTH

from WA. state

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Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

I am very happy with my new mando, the missing paint is not noticeable,and a small flaw can
replace the effect of a first scratch.For the first time buyer, the absent set-up instructions could
be a real problem.I would suggest having a new set of strings on hand and to put them on at the
very beginning.
Once set-up is finished, this little beauty really sings.
a beautiful instrument. bridge set-up instructions would be nice.
overall good. missing some paint on inside curl of headstock, needed to make an
adjustment to pick guard which required removal and cutting.
the stock strings were way to heavy.
solid and nice.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mando for a beginner

By gwengland78

from Sellersburg, IN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

    Overall this is a great instrument for a beginner. Not great tone or quality but good enough to practice and play for someone with little experience. It is absolutely beautiful and my niece loves it. Now on to practicing!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent value!

    By srf

    from Oakland

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

      Picked up this beginner mando as a restock - great price and wow was it worth it! Came boxed up reasonably well, strung, but the bridge not set so I set it up myself. Downloaded a chord chart and bam - we have a new sound in the jam group. Maybe not the right instrument for pro's, but if you're looking for a practice instrument or a beginner mandolin, you could hardly do better.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good buy

      By Gabe Newsome

      from Eastern Washington

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

          Great piece for the money. Good sound, good intonation, looks good.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          OK after set up by pro

          By J blues

          from FL

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

          I bought this used ( level 2) from Musician's Friend to save a few bucks. It was reported to have scratches but I could not find any. ( All used gear I have purchased here so far has been fine.) I decided on this brand / model because I liked the styling, the maple sides and back were unique and give it a nice clean clear tone, plus I dig the blue translucent finish. I had to take mine to have it professionaly set up due to fret buzz no matter what I did to it and the pro told me had to redress the frets to fix it. You will need new strings at the very least ; I put D'Addario 11's on it and it sounds great now. This is my first Washburn anything and research shows this name brand has been bounced around a bit and like most things this is made in China. The tunners are kind of cheesy but it seems to stay in tune but not great quality there on the hardware. If you have a few more bucks maybe hold out for one that does electric too if you are in to that. All in all I do not regret the purchase and Led Zep sounds really cool on it. Get the Musicians Gear case on this site as is a steal at around 40.00.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good value for your buck.

          By Andy

          from Marienville, Pa.

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

            Nice mandolin for the money. Has good sound and easy fingering. Thumbs up.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful

            By Roda

            from B'ville MS

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

              I chose the Washburn A-style Mandolin because I own other Washburn instruments and they are the best built, best sounding instruments I own. I own a lot of different brand instruments. I am very pleased with this mandolin. It required a little bit of setup but was very easy to do. Thanks Washburn for such a beautiful instrument. Thanks Musicians Friend for the great price and prompt shipping.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid starter

              By merc lee

              from Northern New Jersey

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

                New to the mandolin but strings experience 40+ years. Bought this as a restock for a great value... The Washburn arrived flawless, solidly constructed with really nice finish. Tuning pegs and hardware look suspect but reality is this instrument sounded great and really holds tuning very well during extensive play. Only possible downside is bridge installation upon arrival so be prepared. Highly recommend as a quality starter for learning mandolin.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                My first mandolin and 1st Wahsburn anything

                By J blues

                from FL

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

                It s my first mandolin so I have to compare this to other acoustic instruments I have for the most part. The set up was not bad out of the box which was nice surprise but I changed the strings right away...mine came with 11's that looked and sounded poor but...I put on some new strings of the same gauge and it made a huge difference in the sound. Just take note of the moveable bridge placement.
                Has the maple back and sides and solid spruce top both provide clear tone and sustain. I got the trans-blue finish, nice as is the Florentine headstock.
                My only real complaint is that the tuners seem a little cheesy with cheap white pearl plastic knobs but it stays in tune OK so far. I took a chance with this Washburn because I dig the blue finish, styling and wanted maple wood for bright tone. I cannot say I would or would not buy another Washburn just because of this one purchase.
                I am just experimenting with Mandolins I purchased the level 2 used version (to save some money) that stated it had scratches but I could not see any defects at all. The price jump from starter to intermediate is pretty dramatic and for just a little more money you can get a mandolin with electric pick-ups. I bought the very affordable Musicians Gear case to protect it which is great for the money.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor quality control - Twice!

                By Jim the runner

                from UP MI

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • MF Customer Service
                • Not able to test

                Cons

                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

                  This instrument looks beautiful until you look closer. I had to return the original and its replacement. The first had pick marks on the finish and the second had a broken string and small chip in the nut. Both had rusty strings and were not set up to play. Each had the bridge packaged separately so buyers will need some expertise to get it playable. It is definitely not as described by MF "The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin comes out of the box ready to jam." nor does it have "balanced tone right out of the box". Both these statements lead me to think it would be set up.

                  The only positive comment I have is that the MF customer service people were friendly and efficient once you could speak to them and you were not on hold. The return process is pretty simple but a pain which should not be necessary.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By Roger

                  from Charlottesville, Va

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

                    I bought this mandolin in red used to save some money. When it arrived it had been set up by the previous owner so was ready to play. The finish is transparent red and is flawless. The only thing showing it as used was a few pick marks on the pickguard. Plays perfect and sounds deep and woody.

                     
                    5.0

                    All the products that I have recieved are quality far above

                    By Rusty

                    from Carson City , NV.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

                      I use it in many situations . Sometimes it just comes in handy to entertain all my friends and myself.

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