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Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin Natural

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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.

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Available 02-10-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Overview

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.


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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EpiphoneMM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin
 
3.1

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

  • Not consistent (3)
  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great idea, tererible implementation

Even a professional luthier could not make this beast playable with two tries. I ultimately returned it, soon finding a far finer instrument in the same price range. There is no no excuse...Read complete review

Even a professional luthier could not make this beast playable with two tries. I ultimately returned it, soon finding a far finer instrument in the same price range. There is no no excuse for putting an instrument on the market that does not have a properly intonated fretboard. Yet the movable pickup, as mounted, is a wonderful idea that deserves to be implemented by a competent builder. This was an extremely disappointing experience, as it had such wonderful potential, yet was implemented so completely ineptly.
Loved the pickup arrangement with its versatile tonal possibilities, but the terrible intonation of the completely defective fretboard made it impossible to play,
Simply not competently made. When four consecutive frets (11-15) respond with exactly the same note, there are very serious problems.
An unplayable instrument cannot have value at any price.

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1.0

I returned this product

By The Marshall

from Wisconsin

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • good concept

Cons

  • Corroded strings
  • Poor fit and finish
  • Strings buzz
  • Tuning pegs don't turn

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

    I really wanted this mandolin work. The idea of a good sounding mandolin with an advanced pickup system makes so much sense. Unfortunately the execution is very poor. Most of the issues could be solved with more money but why should I have to do that on a new instrument? The finish around the scroll was too bad to invest more money. The mandolin had an inspected sticker on it by the manufacturer and then by Epiphone USA. These folks need to be retrained. The mandolin has been returned.

     
    5.0

    I recommend the 50E for any level of player

    By Joe

    from Kansas City, Mo

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

      I use for practice, recording and live performance

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      MM50E mandolin

      By Tim

      from Silver City NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Consistent
        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

          Don't waste money! Received with corrode strings. Not good for brand new instrument!! Just not worth the money. Many other flaws such as intonation and quality?

           
          1.0

          don't waste your money

          By tim

          from North Carolina

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Consistent
            • Poor Tone Quality
            • strings corroded

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

              Would have hoped to receive a brand new instrument shipped with at least new strings. Quality is questionable at best? Received Friday returned the next day.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Mando with a few tweaks!

              By Yoda

              from Pa

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                This Mandolin has receivced a lot of bad reviews. I purchased this as an open box from MF a couple of months ago. The price was really good and I thought i would give it a try. When I got it, it was apparent that it was not set up properly so I took it to a local shop and had it set up . After the set up the fellow who said it up said it was one of the best playing Mandos he has ever played or worked with. Its easy to play now and it sounds great with or with out an amp. The electronics are solid and very adjustable. Also the finish was rough so I took a piece of 000 steel wool to it and it cleaned up real nice. It has a smooth finish now and I love the way it plays . If your willing to do a few things mentioned here you will have a great Mando

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice for the Price

                By GregD

                from Londonderry NH

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                  OK I read a lot of people trashing the finish on this mandolin and I can only say that the one I got ( open box ) is not perfect still it's not awful. I like the blonde low luster light finish. Yes it has obvious sanding issues in certain areas but overall it looks pretty cool. Out of the box it needed a little height adjustment on the bass side and it plays beautifully. The sound is a little tight but I'm sure it will open up as I continue to play it.
                  Now for the pickup. This system by Shadow sounds great !!!!!! This pickup is natural and fully adjustable. I play in an acoustic duo and this mando is easily blended with my partners big sounding dred. I love this mandolin so to the critiques who expected more from a mandolin at this price point should just take a breadth and chill. I don't think you would be disappointed with this mandolin.

                   
                  3.0

                  Open box item. It was risk, but instrument is working.

                  By Musician

                  from Chesterfield, MO

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                  It is working now, but it takes blood, sweat and $$$ to make it pro.

                   
                  4.0

                  Great online purchasing experience

                  By Musicman

                  from Plano, TX

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                    My songwriting has expanded and the need to fill out the arrangements has expanded as well. I'm looking now for different instruments to experiment with and add to my songs. This was a natural progression for any folkier arrangement, it will end up in many things I do moving forward.

                     
                    3.0

                    Fine for my purpose

                    By Douglas

                    from undisclosed

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Pickup Setup
                    • Not A Bad First Mandolin

                    Cons

                    • Fit And Finish Poor

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                    The mandolin has excellent electronics. It will be fun to put them through pedals. My only complaint is it looks like they got halfway through sanding the wood and then spray painted unevenly it a bizarre color. If it were not for the fact I think refinishing it will be fun I would have sent it back.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent instrument for the money

                    By Bob Knight

                    from Minneapolis, MN USA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

                      Despite all the negative reviews about "fit and finish," I actually appreciate the somewhat "raw" look of this mando. Be forewarned, however: if you like the thick poly finishes that Chinese-made instruments typically sport, you will be surprised, and perhaps unhappy with what appears to be a hand-rubbed, oil-type finish. For those of us with ears, though, this sort of finish really allows the instrument to "speak," and this one does.

                      The tone is nice - somewhere between an "F"-style's "chunK" with some "A"-style "ring" to it. Really open, musical tone.

                      Now, the pickup. WOW. Just wow. As real as it gets, plugged in. And LOTS of options to tweak it to your liking. I'm so surprised a magnetic pickup can do this, but Shadow is good at what they do. I am now a fan!

                      Overall, at this price-point, the MM-50E is a steal. Yeah, the tuners are horrid (Gotohs are on order, and should arrive any day), and I'll upgrade the tailpiece to an open-style, as the whole fighting-to-get-the-cover-plate-off game at string change time is not for me, and, a heavier, cast brass tailpiece will likely enhance sustain just a tad. So, I'll drop another C-note to make this mando near perfect for my purposes.

                      Oh, one thing: The setup, out of the box, is less than stellar. You may want to figure on taking it to a repair facility well-versed in tweaking mandolins, and drop a few simoleons to have a new nut made, and an overall setup.

                      I recommend this mandolin highly.

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