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The Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin has a unique, crisp sound that projects well, whether it's played acoustically or via the single ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Spruce top and single coil pickup for dependable electric performance.

The Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin has a unique, crisp sound that projects well, whether it's played acoustically or via the single coil magnetic pickup.

Thanks to its comfortable maple neck and rosewood fretboard, the M510E is easy to play. The A-Style body, with its laminate spruce top and sunburst finish, is easy on the eyes and produces a pleasing acoustic tone that makes it hard to put down.

For plugged-in performance, the M510E's magnetic pickup delivers true mandolin sound without the need for batteries and is adjusted by the on-board passive volume and tone controls.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
BodyShape: A-Style
Neck: Maple Neck
BackSides: Mahogany Back and Sides
Top: Spruce Top
Tuners: Chrome Hardware
Pickup: Single Coil Magnetic Pickup
Electronics: Volume and Tone Passive Controls
Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
Strings: Standard Mandolin Strings
Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body dimensions
Body Style: A-Style Mandolin
Width: 10.75"
Depth: 2"
Length: 13.5"

Neck dimensions
Scale/Length: 350mm
Width at Nut: 30mm
Width at Joint: 40mm
Thickness 1st Fret: 22mm
Thickness 7th Fret: 24.5mm
Radius: Flat
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IbanezM510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not too shabby! teenus

Out of the box, the intonation wasn't so good, but after fixing that there really hasn't been anything negative to say about it. Great sound and tone for it's price

Out of the box, the intonation wasn't so good, but after fixing that there really hasn't been anything negative to say about it. Great sound and tone for it's price

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed Feelings

My first of 2 mandolins. The mahogany body gives a nice mellow tone, especially appropriate for softer folk, old time, and acoustic tunes. The pick up is OK but tends to subtract...Read complete review

My first of 2 mandolins. The mahogany body gives a nice mellow tone, especially appropriate for softer folk, old time, and acoustic tunes. The pick up is OK but tends to subtract from the mellow acoustic sound. Well adjusted amplification helps. I replaced the bridge with one that had more wood to it. This resulted in a stronger tone. The tunning machines are the weak spot. The G tunning machines don't hold tune well. They must be slipping. The others hold better, but also slip. I purchased grover tuners but have not installed them yet. I have grover tuners on my Michael Kelly F style mandolin and they hold very well. At this price I might have done better with another brand.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mixed Feelings

By Fleck ther bassman

from Swan Lake NY

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Pros

  • Decent Pickup
  • Easy To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Tunners Don't Hold Well

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

My first of 2 mandolins. The mahogany body gives a nice mellow tone, especially appropriate for softer folk, old time, and acoustic tunes. The pick up is OK but tends to subtract from the mellow acoustic sound. Well adjusted amplification helps. I replaced the bridge with one that had more wood to it. This resulted in a stronger tone. The tunning machines are the weak spot. The G tunning machines don't hold tune well. They must be slipping. The others hold better, but also slip. I purchased grover tuners but have not installed them yet. I have grover tuners on my Michael Kelly F style mandolin and they hold very well. At this price I might have done better with another brand.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not too shabby! teenus

By mightyteenus

from Cape Cod, MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

      Out of the box, the intonation wasn't so good, but after fixing that there really hasn't been anything negative to say about it. Great sound and tone for it's price

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely one of the best deals I've found on an instrument

      By Shani B

      from Erie, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

      I play guitar and piano, and have wanted to learn mandolin for a long time. When I saw this deal, especially for an acoustic-electric, I jumped on it. I ordered the ivory one, and it arrived in beautiful, brand new condition, and it arrived way ahead of schedule. The website said it wouldn't be available for another few weeks, but I was willing to wait for it. The next day after I placed my order, I got an e-mail saying that my mandolin had shipped, and it arrived two days later. So that was a pleasant surprise!

      I don't know much about mandolins yet, but I've been playing guitar for many years, so I'm judging this particular mandolin based on my knowledge of stringed instruments in general. Does it stay in tune? Yes, after some careful nudging (but that's really the case with any new instrument, and I hear that mandolins are buggers to keep in tune anyway. I have a 12-string guitar, so same deal on the tuning--gotta tune it tightly and tune it often.) Once I tuned it up, I learned a few chords, and I'm really enjoying learning this new instrument.

      It has a nice, sweet sound unplugged. I have to admit that I did not expect much from the "electric" portion of this mandolin because the price was so low. But--I plugged it into my Fishman acoustic guitar amp just to make sure it worked, and it sounds really, really great plugged in. I was honestly very impressed with how nice it sounded.

      This is a no-brainer, great deal. If you've always wanted to give mandolin a try, this is a very nice, inexpensive, quality mandolin, and I'm really happy I made the purchase.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful instrument

      By Kidmoose

      from Coconut Creek, Fl

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

        Ok, so I'm a keyboard player who dabbles in guitar. Always looking for a new sound. Always love the tone of a mandolin but not knowing a single thing about playing them, I picked this up hoping to learn. It arrived safe and secure in a double box and was absolutely beautiful upon opening. The tone was crisp and clear and within a few minutes I was able to get a few chords out of it...with the help of YouTube. Yes, it does tend to go out of tune rather quickly but I figured that was to be expected from brand new strings. I'm sure once I play around with the intonation, it will improve. Would a professional player find more cons, yes, I'm sure but for me, this was beyond a great buy. Musician's Friend strikes again!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Value for a New Instrument!

        By An always satisfied customer

        from Austin Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Get What You Pay For

        Cons

        • I haven't found a con yet

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

        The product arrived in 3 boxes: Plenty of protection for shipping. The Mandolin was as beautiful as the images provided on the website. I immediately removed the strings provided and exchanged them with GHS Mandolin Ultra Light (09-13-20-32.) Tuning pegs are a challenge but work. Tuning/Intonation was a breeze but for a beginner could prove challenging. After several days of playing, the intonation settled down. The "pickup" is not high quality but I've used it for several shows. The soundman adjusted the gain structure of the mixer/channel to compensate for the quality of the pickup, but like I said, you get what you pay for. Overall, a beautiful instrument and I'd recommend it for anyone. I bought this one (brand new) for 139 and you can't beat that deal!

         
        5.0

        This is an awesome Mandolin

        By Josh

        from Cincinnati, OH

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • action is slightly high
        • get some undesired noise while plugged in

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

        I got mine on sale, but I still would have paid full price for it. This Mandolin is awesome.

        I only have 2 complaints about it:
        1. The action is slightly too high, even with the bridge adjusted all the way down. This isn't too big of a deal, but I wouldn't recommend this to someone who is new to stringed instruments (and doesn't have calluses yet).
        2. I occasionally get some buzzing/noise when I have it plugged in, but I expect that from electric instruments. And it's nothing a clever EQ doesn't take care of.

         
        5.0

        Nice inexpensive mando

        By Grey Haired Punk

        from Sitka Alaska

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          I bought this just to woodshed a bit at work and after fresh strings it has exceeded my expectations. I recorded a bit using the single coil pickup and it sounds fine. For the price it's unbeatable.

           
          5.0

          GREAT!

          By Kidmoose

          from Coconut Creek, Fl

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          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

          • address intonation

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          As a keyboardist and frustrated guitarist, always looking for a new "toy" and loved the sound of mandolins. This was a no-brainer. Just beautiful out of the box. Needs a bit of work with the intonation and tuning, but as soon as my guitarist gets through with it I have no reason to believe it won't play and sound great. Plus it's a lot of fun learning a new instrument. Even with my monster size hands, I was able to get a nice tone with it and by playing around with the tuning, a very nice background effect. Well deserving of the hard shelled case I currently have on order from Musician's Friend. Once again another satisfied customer from the PROS at MF.

           
          4.0

          M510E A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

          By Ed

          from Baltimore, Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

            You really can't beat this for the price. It would be a hit out of the park for guitarists if the neck was just a bit wider and the intonation better set out of the box, but it is, after all, a mandolin. The Candy Apple Red description is a bit misleading because it looks much better than in the pics and is actually very nice looking and not gaudy at all. If you want a mandolin to start out with, don't want to spend a small fortune, or one to occasionally supplement your electric live or recording sound, this is an excellent choice.

             
            4.0

            Love the product!

            By Luis

            from Miami FL

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Not Consistent

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

            The worst part about it is the tunning, but once that gets done it is a great instrument.

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