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Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin Antique Sunburst

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The Epiphone MM-30S mandolin features a Solid Spruce top that will actually improve in tone over time, a highly-prized trait of better acoustic instr...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great-looking mandolin that will sound better with age.

The Epiphone MM-30S mandolin features a Solid Spruce top that will actually improve in tone over time, a highly-prized trait of better acoustic instruments.

Old world heritage
From its humble 19th Century beginnings in Greece with founder Anastasios Stathopoulo, he and his sons took the turn-of-the-century Manhattan family luthier business into a world-renown fretted instrument maker and innovator. In fact, some of the original "A. Stathopoulo" round-back mandolins are some of the most prized, rare vintage mandolins in existence. In the late 50's, another famous fretted instrument company known for mandolins, Gibson, purchased Epiphone and assured the continuance of the family mandolin legacy.

Time-honored craftsmanship
The Epiphone MM-30S is an easily recognized "A" style or "teardrop" mandolin, expertly constructed with a Mahogany body and set, Mahogany neck, providing warm acoustic tone. The "bite" if the mandolin's sound is from its Solid Spruce top, which will only sound better as it matures, as the wood fibres continue to contract and surplus moisture content eveporates. It also features the traditional floating Rosewood bridge, Rosewood fingerboard, Gold hardware and Tortoise pickguard emblazoned with the iconic Epiphone "E" and comes in Antique Sunburst finish. It is also available with a built-in bridge piezo pickup as the MM-30E.

Backed by the best
The solid-top MM-30S mandolin is protected by the Epiphone Lifetime Limited Warranty featuring Gibson 24/7/360 Customer Service and guarantees the instrument against defects in materials or workmanship. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body material: mahogany
  • Top material: solid spuce
  • Neck material: mahogany
  • Neck shape: traditional
  • Neck joint: glued-in, set neck
  • Scale length: 14"
  • Fingerboard material: rosewood
  • Fingerboard radius: flat
  • Nut width: 1.06"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Machine heads: vintage-style open
  • Bridge: adjustable floating rosewood
  • Tailpiece: gold mandolin
  • Other: tortoise pickguard
  • Warranty: Epiphone limited lifetime
  • Case sold separately

A mandolin is a great second instrument to embroider the top end of your sound. Order today and explore a whole new world.

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EpiphoneMM-30S Mandolin
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
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    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MM 30S Epiphone Mandolin

Sure one can by up to a more quality instrument at 3 times the cost, but the MM 30S stands up to them all. Even the more expensive ones. I replaced the strings...Read complete review

Sure one can by up to a more quality instrument at 3 times the cost, but the MM 30S stands up to them all. Even the more expensive ones. I replaced the strings with D'Addario J74's and we are on a roll. Affordable entry level or used for most gigs. Like anything else one can always up grade, but unless you are playing professional and simply playing gigs and having fun, this is a sweet instrument at a great price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A beautiful instrument but...

I'm a live sound engineer that used to play guitar and suddenly got a hankering to pick up the mandolin. So I just received the MM-30 last week. I had some trouble setting...Read complete review

I'm a live sound engineer that used to play guitar and suddenly got a hankering to pick up the mandolin. So I just received the MM-30 last week. I had some trouble setting it up because the bottom strings wouldn't stay anchored in the tailpiece. I took it to a pro today and he found that both hooks on the thing had broken. Cheap metal. I understand this is a starter instrument, but come on Epiphone, it at least needs to hold the strings in place. Instead of going through the hassle of sending it back and have more cheap metal put on, I'm having the guy just put on another tailpiece, which means the MM-30 will cost me at least $40 more.I'm still looking forward to playing my mandolin, though this is a dissappointing start. I think my review was generous. I guess just buy at your own risk. For the few moments I could strum it, it sounded quite nice.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Beginner Mandolin

By CountryBoyVa

from Suffolk, Va

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Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

Pretty good mandolin. I've owned it for about 6 months and the tone of the instrument has definitely gotten better with age. I'm mostly a bluegrass guitar player so the transition to mandolin was easy. I've played Gibsons and this matches up pretty good to the tone for the price. Great value for the price. You will not be dissappointed.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MM 30S Epiphone Mandolin

By Ken-Gonzales, La

from Gonzales, Louisiana

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Great Deal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Around Playable

    Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

    Sure one can by up to a more quality instrument at 3 times the cost, but the MM 30S stands up to them all. Even the more expensive ones. I replaced the strings with D'Addario J74's and we are on a roll. Affordable entry level or used for most gigs. Like anything else one can always up grade, but unless you are playing professional and simply playing gigs and having fun, this is a sweet instrument at a great price.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great starter, but you can move up.

    By Ryan-cNoJj

    from Newberg

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    Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

    I bought this mandolin mid-november, and the first time I picked it up, it sounded amazing. Tuning can be time-consuming, though, if you have an untrained ear or a bad tuning device. But overall, I would recommend this mandolin to any of my friends.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EPIPHONE > ROGUE

    By Goose-xK9oc

    from Midwest

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    Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

    Just received my MM-30 a few days ago. This mandolin is WORTH THE PRICE! I compared it to the Rogue, and you can tell a difference in the sound. The Epiphone has a warmer sound, and looks nicer. Might as well spend the money on this, rather than the Rogue. Everything looks great, and sounds great!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A lot of value for not much money!

    By Jamie

    from Miami, FL

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    Pros

    • Acoustic-electric
    • Gold Tuners
    • Good Tone
    • Inexpensive
    • Mahogany Body
    • Solid Spruce Top
    • Vintage Headstock Logo

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      I have the MM30e/as model which has the piezo pickup under the bridge. The tone of this mandolin is excellent, probably because of the body material being mahogany which gives it a warmer tone than maple. All of the frets were fine, no buzzing, and the gold hardware and vintage logo on the headstock are nice appointments. I put on new stings and was very pleased with the tone, which should only get better. A lot of value for not much money!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good starter mando

      By OvermodulatedSilence

      from Dallas

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      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      I've been playing guitar for years and wanted to explore deeper into the realm of stringed instruments. This Epi MM30 is a great starter instrument. The factory strings suck though. I put on a new set of Martins and the sound quality is tremendously better. Sounds awesome with medium pick. Frets finger easily. Great instrument for the price! Gonna practice, practice, practice so I can work up to that $4000+ Gibson!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mandolin!

      By Sandra Wood

      from Vermont

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      This was a store demo mandolin that was advertised in "very good" condition. It exceeded my expectations! The mandolin is in beautiful shape, it looks brand new and sounds great. I couldn't be more pleased, and Musician's Friend is a pleasure to do business with!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this is a must buy

      By cajun

      from Ga.

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      this is the best mandolin for the money in fact you will not find another at this price anywhere. I was very fearfull of buying on line;I need to play and see first hand to buy sonething as personal as A musical instrument. I took the chance and I am very pleased with this m30 epi mandolin. It's well made the finish is great the craftmanship is top shelf as I would expect from epiphone equipment. This mandolin has A very important part and that is A truss rod to adjust the neck when the wood moves.I't plays great the action is low making it easy to cord.All I had to do is tune an play.So if you want A good mandolin for A great price this is the one.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      an awesome instrument!!

      By cynops orientalis

      from belview, MN

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      i got this mandolin because i needed something to mess around with, and this mandolin was worth the price! the only problem was it took a very long time to tune the strings, but it finally stayed in tune. i am very pleased with this instrument.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great value and sound!

      By MandoPaul

      from Shaftsbury, VT

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      I decided I wanted to play the mandolin a few months ago, but wasn't sure if I would like it so I wanted to buy a low price mandolin. Once it came I was amazed by how good it sounded and it quality. It doesn't sound as full as f-style but it was great for someone like me!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this is a fine starter mandolin.

      By EV

      from Northern Mid-America

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      Pros

      • Decent quality all around
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Strings suck

      Best Uses

      • Excellent first mandolin
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      Both E strings broke on initial tuning. You will be amazed at the improvement in sound after changing to a decent medium light set of strings. I am very happy with this mandolin.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Still my favorite

      By Kit

      from central California

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Gets Better Over Time
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Needs Pro Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Jam sessions
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

      I bought this mandolin here almost five years ago now, and I never regretted it. It needed a set up when I got it. The frets were good, but not perfect, and there was a buzzing in the neck. The buzz turned out to be a loose nut in the coordinator rod. Once everything was set, the instrument played beautifully and easily. It was a great first mandolin. The best thing about it , though, is that it's gotten better over time. I have two other mandolins, and have played several others. For the price, you simply can't beat this model. The tone just keeps getting deeper the older it gets. I may need to get another.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Epiphone mm-30s mandolin

      By lloyd

      from jonesboro,ar

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          Very good quality for the price, beautiful finish pleased with the instrument.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          A beautiful instrument but...

          By tds_50

          from San Francisco, CA

          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          I'm a live sound engineer that used to play guitar and suddenly got a hankering to pick up the mandolin. So I just received the MM-30 last week. I had some trouble setting it up because the bottom strings wouldn't stay anchored in the tailpiece. I took it to a pro today and he found that both hooks on the thing had broken. Cheap metal. I understand this is a starter instrument, but come on Epiphone, it at least needs to hold the strings in place. Instead of going through the hassle of sending it back and have more cheap metal put on, I'm having the guy just put on another tailpiece, which means the MM-30 will cost me at least $40 more.I'm still looking forward to playing my mandolin, though this is a dissappointing start. I think my review was generous. I guess just buy at your own risk. For the few moments I could strum it, it sounded quite nice.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          not a bargain

          By Jerry

          from Midwest

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          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          Finish was good, but several high frets prevented
          low action. Tuners that slipped. I returned this
          mandolin for e refund, and will order a different
          one with better workmanship.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great mandolin

          By George-zufMS

          from Winston-Salem, NC

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          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          I screwed around with mandolins at shops before but never really thought about buying one because of seeing all the $900+ Gibsons. I found this one and noticed it was in my price range. It sounded good and I compared it to some gibsons and couldent really tell much of a difference besides looks and a few smooth edge feelings. There's a bit of paint crack under where the fret board and the body meet but you can barely see it. In conclusion with the great looks, sound, feeling, and price of this mandolin makes it one of the best deals you can find out there.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Buy

          By Mark-zNu1H

          from Bluffton, SC

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          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          I've had mine for around 10 years, maybe more, and I love it. I don't really have a lot to compare it to but it has done be well. I haven't played any others except while shopping for this one some time ago. Sounds great compared to what I've heard. Stays tuned nicely and action is low with no buzz. I wish I could afford 2k or more for a beautiful gibson or something but until I hit the lottery, this one will do just fine. Sounds good with a pickup stuck to it and plugged in as well. A great buy, without question. You will love it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very Happy!

          By Voodude

          from Vegas!

          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          Only my 2nd mando, and I wish I had bought this first! Great sound, and a good price. Oddest thing: learning the chords quickly came together with this instrument.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I got this Mandolin AND....

          By Connor Hill

          from Dallas, TX

          Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

          I like it alot. I love this mandolin. I just started playing and I wanted to get one because I have been playing guitar for about 3 years now and I wanted to try something different.I am glad I picked a Mandolin MM-30.It sounds VERY good and if you listen to the mandolin in the song "Hey Hey What Can I Do" by Led Zeppelin and "The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin it sounds EXACTLY like that. The finish is beautiful I must say and it is very light.If you are beginning at mandolin, I would HIGHLY recommend this! Its perfect for starting out and it sounds just like it does in those songs!!GREAT BUY, GREAT LOOK, GREAT MANDOLIN. Nuff' said!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great sound, looks at a moderate price!

          By huston l. saulters, jr.

          from Phenix City, Alabama

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          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • Constructed Well
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

            Mandolin is beautiful and well-built, much better than competitors...Restrung with Earthwood Medium strings, and the result was a beautiful sounding and great-looking instrument! I bought a case to go with it, and for a great price I have a playable instrument that is gorgeous to look at! I love the gold-plated tuners/hardware, and the mandolin just sings. I only wish I could have upgraded to onboard electronics!

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