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Hit the stage with impressive looks, classic tone and innovative functionality.

The electric version of the classic M3SW, the M3SWE mandolin from Washburn features North American solid figured maple sides and back in a trans red finish. Battery powered preamp has volume, treble and bass sliders. Gold hardware and pearloid tuners adorn this cutaway Florentine-style mandolin. Includes case.


Features

  • Florentine-cutaway design
  • Carved Solid Spruce top
  • Book-matched solid maple back and sides
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Stain/buffed gloss top
  • Stain/buffed gloss neck
  • 4 inline open gear gold tuning machines
  • Rosewood bridge with piezo pickup
  • MG2 Preamp
  • Includes case

Order your M3SW today!

 
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WashburnM3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent mid-range mandolin

    I bought a used one of these a few years back when I started to get serious about playing mandolin. I have been very happy with it both for its playability and overall quality....Read complete review

    I bought a used one of these a few years back when I started to get serious about playing mandolin. I have been very happy with it both for its playability and overall quality. The mandolin itself needed some minor setup to get the string action and pitch at the upper frets to be spot on. Once it was set though, it has been great. In the last year or so I have started gigging with it quite a bit and it has proven to be very rugged and reliable.

    The one thing that I didn't like about it though was the tone controls. It tended to be too treble-y when I would play though a large PA system. I had to turn my treble slider all the way down and my bass all the way up to get something that wasn't too punchy. Even then I just didn't like the sound. The crucial mids were getting muddled while trying to pull the highs under control. To work around this I ended up purchasing a Boss GE-7 equalizer pedal so I could control the exact bands I needed to. Since then this thing sounds GREAT on stage.

    Overall, I am very happy with this great looking insturment.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Have a bad one

    Love the way it plays.As far as the electronics go it is junk.It has been sent in again for replacement.You never know when it will quit working.This is the second time it has died during...Read complete review

    Love the way it plays.As far as the electronics go it is junk.It has been sent in again for replacement.You never know when it will quit working.This is the second time it has died during a performance. It takes at least two months to get it back each time.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Totally and completely ecstatic!

    By Mulie

    from Augusta, Georgia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful finish
    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Great Action
    • Old Fashioned "character"
    • Reliable Tuning

    Cons

    • Not One I Can Find

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • I Will Use For Everything
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

    I was skeptical and thankful that the return policy is such that I felt safe if it turned out to be a "lemon" BUT I was completely blown away by the absolute awesome quality of the Washburn M3SWE Mandolin! I have purchased many products from Musicians Friend over the years and have returned one or two items that just didn't turn out to be what I was looking for but never due to poor quality or misleading advertising. I am going to cut to the chase! I am 100% overjoyed with the mandolin I have in my possession right now and if it's because I just got lucky and happened to get a good one then 'so-be-it' but this Washburn M3SWE mandolin is amazing. Tunes perfectly, precisely, and smoothly. Action is consistent, clean, and comfortable. Not a blemish or negative looking aspect whatsoever! Bottom line...I GOT A GOOD ONE!!! Good work Washburn and Musicians Friend! I am one Happy Camper (and I was prepared not to be and pleasantly surprised!) This mandolin is WONDERFUL!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm really enjoying this mandolin

    By Viking

    from Marysville, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Glad I Bought It
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

    This is my first mandolin. I play guitar, so I've been able to pick it up without too much difficulty. Firstly, this instrument is beautiful. I proudly display it for all to see (though the high-quality case that it came in is very nice). Having a large collection of guitars, I know a quality instrument when I see one. This mandolin is built strong and it feels solid when I play it. LOVE the sound/tone. I have made no adjustments to the instrument and have found that it pretty much stays in tune. Mandolins are sooo versatile. Just in the short three weeks that I've had it I have learned to play some bluegrass, country, Italian, Irish, rock, etc. If you want to add some color to your guitar playing, get a mandolin. I would recommend this Washburn mandolin to anybody, beginner to professional.

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    5.0

    Pleasantly Surprised

    By Chris

    from San Pedro, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Finish
    • Good Tone
    • Inlay Work
    • Padded Case
    • Set Up Correctly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      Listed as "Good" condition, I expected an instrument with more cosmetic flaws than it actually has. The cosmetic flaws are minor, and in some cases, difficult to locate. The instrument even has a new instrument sticker still on the pick guard and the chord is still sealed in plastic. The serial number seems to indicate the instrument was built this year (2013). Tone is good, set up is where it needs to be and the electronics work well. Overall, the instrument and very nice padded case show little to no wear. Plays well and I expect to keep the instrument for some time. The only problem I encountered is the E strings would not stay in tune. Turns out they were not wrapped on the tuning peg properly and once I changed strings the problem was solved.

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      5.0

      Stupid Deal Gone Great !

      By LawmanSam

      from The Big Apple

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Beautiful finish
      • Good construction
      • Great Electronics
      • Sweet Sound

      Cons

      • None yet

      Best Uses

      • Performing
      • Recording

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      Like others my first mando was a Rogue; a great starter unit. The Washburn was a "Stupid Deal . . .". Out of the box it was: incredibly beautiful, wonderful sounding and perfectly set-up! Plays as good as it looks; very well constructed. I started with Barcus-bary pickups on acoustics in the 70's, moving to Ovations later; the point being the electronics work as good as it looks and plays. More "Stupid Deals" please!

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      1.0

      Junk

      By The Great Chili Shaker

      from Henderson, Nevada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Can't Think Of Any

      Cons

      • Poor Build Quality
      • Poor Tone Quality
      • Tuning Instability

      Best Uses

      • Fire Wood

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      I see some good reviews of this mandolin here, so maybe what I received is not typical, but the instrument I received is horrible. It won't stay in tune. When the bridge is positioned for proper intonation, even at it's lowest adjustment the strings are too high. Even though I have adjusted the neck to be flat. The tone is strident and string balance is poor. The finish is poorly done and the binding is very sloppy. Honestly, I can't think of one good thing to say about this instrument. The case however is nice.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      picture ain't what you get

      By STU

      from North Platte, NE

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Not Consistent
      • Tailpiece

      Best Uses

      • Everything

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      LOVE IT!
      However Washburn has changed the tailpiece. There is no longer a tailpiece cover over the strings like the photo on Musician's Friends website. Strings are open to view. Plays great out of the case. Amplified tone nice too.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good value for the money

      By Fredhoff

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

        I don't play publicly, but I enjoy recording songs on the computer. I had an inexpensive Rogue but wanted to step up in class to a decent acoustic/electric mandolin I could plug straight into my hardware without an amp. This Washburn works well for that. I like the feel and sound, and the pickup is almost too good -- I realized I had to improve my technique because it was picking up slight bumps and strings brushed inadvertently. If I were a performing pro,I might want something top of the line. But this instrument suits my purposes very well; plus, I just enjoy playing it!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Have a bad one

        By Pickercbs

        from tioga pa.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy
        • Electronics quit
        • Not dependable

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

        Love the way it plays.As far as the electronics go it is junk.It has been sent in again for replacement.You never know when it will quit working.This is the second time it has died during a performance. It takes at least two months to get it back each time.

        Comment on this review

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent mid-range mandolin

        By Ritz_563

        from Iowa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

        I bought a used one of these a few years back when I started to get serious about playing mandolin. I have been very happy with it both for its playability and overall quality. The mandolin itself needed some minor setup to get the string action and pitch at the upper frets to be spot on. Once it was set though, it has been great. In the last year or so I have started gigging with it quite a bit and it has proven to be very rugged and reliable.

        The one thing that I didn't like about it though was the tone controls. It tended to be too treble-y when I would play though a large PA system. I had to turn my treble slider all the way down and my bass all the way up to get something that wasn't too punchy. Even then I just didn't like the sound. The crucial mids were getting muddled while trying to pull the highs under control. To work around this I ended up purchasing a Boss GE-7 equalizer pedal so I could control the exact bands I needed to. Since then this thing sounds GREAT on stage.

        Overall, I am very happy with this great looking insturment.

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Mandolin

        Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

        I've really enjoyed this Washburn Mandolin. It's got the best electric sound I've heard on a mandolin; it was just what I was looking for. The case is really nice too. I didn't like the strings that came with it, because they are medium and with my arthritis it hurts my thumb. Over all, it is an excellent Mandolin, good sound both plugged and unplugged, looks great, and certainly measures up to my expectations!
        Has all the features that I wanted. The electric sounds rich and loud, not twangy like some electric mandolins. The only thing I'd like to see is a built-in tuner for the price it cost. There's always something we want... Also the acsetics is really top notch, very well made.
        It's sound, and very well made. The case is as beautiful as the mandolin.
        The price fits the value.

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