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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 instruments.

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Overview

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
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EpiphoneMM-30S Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unbelievable Value

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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4.0

It was a good choice. I'd recommend this to a friend.

By christo

from hauppauge, ny

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • good for a beginner and could also be for a band
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

    It was a gift and she loved loved it

     
    4.0

    Great sound, looks at a moderate price!

    By huston

    from Phenix City, Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    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!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A lot of value for not much money!

      By Jamiej

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Experienced

      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!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        not a bargain

        By jerry

        from midwest

        About Me Experienced

        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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MM 30S Epiphone Mandolin

        By Ken-Gonzales, La

        from Gonzales, Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still my favorite

          By Kit

          from central California

          About Me Experienced

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Epiphone mm-30s mandolin

          By lloyd

          from jonesboro,ar

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

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

              (4 of 5 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!

               
              4.0

              Love it

              By Brian Sigler

              from Foothill Ranch, ca

              Comments about Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin:

              Sounds great. Better then the mm-50

              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great starter, but you can move up.

              By Ryan-cNoJj

              from Newberg

              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.

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