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Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case Trans Wine Red 

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Overview

  • Florentine-cutaway design
  • Carved Solid Spruce top
  • Book-matched solid maple back and sides
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    $1,069.90
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    - $470.90
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    $59900
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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

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WashburnM3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

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

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.

VS

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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1.0

A huge disappointment

By former Washburn fan

from WI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Nice Case

Cons

  • Not Consistent
  • Poor finish
  • Poor Tone Quality
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Terrible Binding

Best Uses

  • Canoe Paddle

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

I have 5 Washburn guitars and have been playing them since the late 70s. I love them all but when I got this Mandolin I was shocked at how poorly it was made. The binding looks like a child attempted to put it on so I called and sent it back. The person on the phone assured me they would hand pick a good one and send it out. Well....The second one was even worse than the first.....lesson learned.....no more Washburns for this guy. Apparently there is no quality control over there in China. I ordered a Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly that should arrive today.....we will see if I write another review like this one.

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(4 of 4 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.

    Comment on this review

    (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.

    Comment on this review

    (4 of 4 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!

      Comment on this review

      (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.

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