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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.

Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin 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




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  • Unbelievable Value

    As reviewed by Big Bird on 1/7/2010

    I play and own 10 guitars, but wanted something new and interesting that I could sit and play around with in my down time. I had always wanted a mandolin, and began to look around before Christmas for a gift to myself. I had a VERY limited budget and was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get a decent quality instrument for "small change". This mandolin absolutely proved me wrong! The floating bridge install may be daunting for some, but was convenient in intonating properly. I immediately replaced the strings with D'Addario "Ricky Skaggs", removed the pickguard, and sanded the cheesy "E" off the truss rod cover. Once set up it found it's tune and held it quickly. I get a little buzz on the open D, but will work with the adjustments. Fit and finish was quite good for the $, much better than an Epiphone acoustic I paid more for. Sounds great and projects LOUDLY, resonates wonderfully. Easy to play and fret. I like it! Bravo Epiphone, and Chris Maddy at Guitar Center in Dallas.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • SOLID SOUND

    As reviewed by Hennessy on 5/29/2007

    Yep' as you see the neck and bridge may need a bit of adjustment but so did my $3900.00 Weber. The Epiphone Mandolin has come to be a trusted friend it sounds great. I learned on it and still bring it to gigs as a backup for someone who wants to sit in. I instantly removed the pickguard and it has a beautiful sunburst finish and the a body makes it cut through and stand out

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • Fell apart after a month

    As reviewed by tech135 on 7/18/2007

    I bought an inexpensive instrument to have in my office at work. The instrument fell apart after six weeks. I noticed the height of the strings was getting a little high, and the next day the neck had broken in half. As an instrument repair technician I decided to just throw it away and buy something decent.

    10 of 25 people found this review helpful.
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