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Lets you adjust the output level of each string pair.

Many products claim to be revolutionary but, more often than not, that claim falls short of expectations. This isn't the case with the Epiphone MM-50E professional mandolin.

The construction fundamentals for the MM-50E's rich, natural acoustic sound are ensured with a solid spruce top and gorgeous flamed maple back and sides. A rosewood fingerboard is fitted with dot inlays.

The MM-50E professional is the first mandolin that allows you to adjust the output level of each individual string pair, solving the inherent mandolin problem of unbalanced string pair volume.

The Epiphone MM-50E mandolin starts with the "Quad" NanoMAG pickup. Designed in cooperation with Shadow Germany—who have been making acoustic pickups for over 30 years—the NanoMAG is a unique, low-impedance humbucking pickup equipped with Samarium cobalt magnets that capture true acoustic tone and a wide range of harmonics. Under each string pair is a separate coil that picks up only the sound of that string pair with crosstalk separation of >85dB. Each of the mandolin's 4 output levels is controlled by 4 trimpots, which are discretely accessible from the top of the pickguard via a mini flathead screwdriver. Once set to your desired levels, you would typically never need to adjust the levels again.

Rather than loading down the mandolin with electronics and adversely affecting its natural acoustic tone, the Shadow system puts all the electronics inside the pickguard. This allows the Epiphone mandolin to respond and sound just like an acoustic mando should. On the pickguard are master volume, treble, and bass rotary controls, as well as an easy-access battery compartment using a lightweight, long lasting 2032 watch-style lithium battery. Even the pickup is mounted on the pickguard.

For added versatility—and to allow you to position it in the optimum location for your picking style—the NanoMag can slide back toward the bridge for a brighter tone, or forward toward the neck for a warmer tone.

For a great vintage look as well as enhanced tonal characteristics, the Epiphone MM-50E Professional mandolin features a very thin, hand-rubbed polyoil finish. Not satin, this 50% sheen finish looks and feels great, while allowing the wood to vibrate more freely.

With a history of making mandolins going back over 100 years, Epiphone knows how to make a great sounding mandolin. mandolin features classic "F" style specifications including a carved, solid Spruce top with traditional flamed maple back, sides, and neck. Multi-binding on the body and headstock, a classic mother-of-pearl "Flower Pot" headstock inlay, nickel hardware, vintage machine heads with pearloid buttons, and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge pay tribute to Lloyd Loar's original "F" style design.


Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin Features:

  • Top material: solid sitka spruce
    Body material: flamed maple
    Neck: flamed maple
    Neck shape: "C" profile
    Neck joint: hand-fitted, glued-in
    Scale length: 14"
    Fingerboard: rosewood with dot inlays
    Pickup: position adjustable Quad NanoMAG
    Controls: master volume, treble, bass, four individual string pair output levels
    Power: #2032 Lithium battery
    Frets: 23
    Bridge: floating, adjustable rosewood
    Nut width: 1.06"
    Hardware: vintage in-line nickel machine heads




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  • My "Golden Boy" is okay.

    As reviewed by Larry Warren on 10/2/2012

    I bought my electric eppiphone about two weeks ago. I must say that after I tuned it up and played it some, I was not impressed. I play a customized Alverez that is a monster mandolin and will hold it's own with anyone and even outside in jam session. Back to the Eppiphone, I plugged it in and was amazed at the difference. I balanced the strings for a more even sound and it is more than okay. I played it last Thursday night on stage with a country band that is really loud, didn't lose a thing, this mandolin stood up and was counted. At first I was concerned about hitting the pickguard, because I don't use a pickguard on my accoustic mandolin. I have never had that problem and eventhough I play hard I don't hit the pickguard. All in all for the money this mandolin is all I will need for electric settings. The finish could be a little better, but for the money you can't have it all. Besides if I want it better my luthier will take care of it.

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  • Great starter mandolin that will last years and years and age well

    As reviewed by James Bridges on 8/30/2012

    I purchased my eppie about six months ago after an a style cheap ibanez that was hard to learn on. The a was all laminate and electric and cheap. This mandolin while not perfect is swee to play and has a sweet woody sound to it. The pickup is almost as expensive as the entire cost of the combo its self. I will cherish this mandolin for many years while learning and mastering the instrument. I also purchased the eppie hard case for my mandolin as well along with a jam soft cover. The bluegrass club I belong tO many seasoned vets commented on ithe eppies sound both acoustical and thru a pa or amp. They did criticize the finish out. My response it ain't how it looks it is how it sounds and plays, to the Verage person it looks great and sounds great. So overall it is a great by for a new musician starting out to play. My older kbrother is a professional musician and says that I make a great buy, he likes the sound and the name brand, good for learning and playing on the road, had quality pickup. He says eppie does not have the best finish out but the sound rivals many since most of their instruments are Gibson replicas build for the guys with a budget and starting out playing.

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  • Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin

    As reviewed by Dan Barfield on 11/21/2010

    I purchased the Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin about a month ago. Overall, I am very pleased with this mando. I bought it for the plug and play ease of use, and it?s ability to deliver a good near acoustic tone while plugged in to the PA. It delivers the aforementioned very well. I play it with a trio group as well as with a band with a drum kit. No problem getting the clean volume needed. The fit and finish is good, however, all six tuner knobs had 1/8 plastic burrs that had to be filed off. Guitar Center filed the burrs off at my request. Epiphone should have resolved this during the factory inspection. After a pro setup MM-50E plays like butter. The neck is very straight. The controls attached the pick guard are easy to use. The pick guard however, is too high - at least for my playing style. I frequently hit the pick guard during solos. I plan on having my tech guy lower the pick guard, but that may not be possible due to the pickup and controls systems located under the pick-guard. The unplugged acoustic tone is surprisingly sweet. Very little poly-oil was used and it has a nice woody tone right out of the box. Finally, the traditional F5 body is still the coolest design, which makes the overall appearance superb for a plug and play elect/acoustic mando. Although not flawless, I highly recommend the MM-50E.

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