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Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin with Case 

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 with Case
 
4.2

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), 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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Junk

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...Read complete review

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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4.0

Good aquisition

By Big D

from Rutherfordton NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Really like that it has a preamp
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • great starter instrument
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin with Case:

    I still strugle with fat fingers in small spaces, but it is a nice instrument. Very nice case came with it. Great starter for sure. Time will tell about everything else.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet!

    By Bronx Band

    from Bronx, NY

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin with Case:

      I play this mandolin at Mass on a regular basis - sounds outstanding through the church's sound system. It has a very hot pickup - no shortage of power! It holds its tune incredibly well. It has a tremendous, quick action and simply put, it is a dynamite mandolin. I love it. Sounds beautiful. Sweet, sweet piece.
      Only issue is on the "D" strings, sometimes while tuning a string will slip slightly, requiring a little more time to tune. What is happening is the "D" string are holding up just slightly, occasionally, on the nut. Adding lubricant to the nut resolved the issue for a while. The issue isn't a big deal.

      This mandolin is a DANDY and I'd repurchase in a heartbeat.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful acoustic electric mandolin

      By Jamie

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • acoustic-electric with piezo pickup
      • Comes with hardshell case
      • Good Tone
      • Great Customer Service
      • snowflake neck inlays

      Cons

      • possible defective bridge design

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin with Case:

      This is the electric version of the M3swk, which is a all wood, solidly made mandolin with very good tone and beautiful snowflake inlays on the neck and a high gloss finish. It comes with a hard shell case. Like the M3swk, which I had before, there was buzzing on the A string at the 12th fret, which I fixed by raising the bridge a bit. However, after several months, the bridge began to sag, due to the weakened lower section where a channel is carved out for the piezzo pickup line. Apparently, it was not able to hold up against the string tension. Washburn sent a replacement promptly upon a simple phone call and free of charge. Their customer service and support impressed me. We'll see how the replacement does. There was string imbalance as well, when electrified. The high E strings have output lower than the other strings. The high E strings are where the pickup turns downward into the body of the mandolin and that may be the reason. Piezzo pickups are notorious for string imbalance problems. The pickup is loud and has bass, treble and volume controls on the body of the mandolin along with a battery compartment for a 9 volt that acts as a preamp. I like this mandolin very much and play it a lot.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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 with 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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Totally and completely ecstatic!

      By Frank X.

      from Augusta, Ga.

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      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 with 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!

      (5 of 5 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 with 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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleasantly Surprised

      By Chris

      from San Pedro, CA

      About Me Experienced

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      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 with 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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stupid Deal Gone Great !

        By LawmanSam

        from The Big Apple

        About Me Experienced

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        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 with 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!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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 with 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.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        picture ain't what you get

        By STU

        from North Platte, NE

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Not Consistent
        • Tailpiece

        Best Uses

        • Everything

        Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin with 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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