Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin  

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The FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a bluegrass showboat with a full-range single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls, so you'll never be drowned out by those big dreadnought acoustics agai... Read More

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The FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a bluegrass showboat with a full-range single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls, so you'll never be drowned out by those big dreadnought acoustics again. Features a spruce top; nato neck, back, and sides; and rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 4 in-line chrome tuners with white plastic tuning knobs. Great tone plugged or unplugged.

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FenderFM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love Mine

By Big Daddy

from Detroit,Michigan

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I have had this mandolin for seven years. Mine was made in Korea. I play straight into a Mackie mixer. Mine has held up well.it sounds really cool..This was my first mandolin.....Other than a noisy volume pot after a few years(I put it at about 3/4 and it sounds fine)For the price...especially for a beginner.I would recommend this. Mine was worth the money. If you get really good go buy one of those Gibson jobs for $22,000!

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(3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cheap.....Real Cheap !!!!

By Shannon

from Goodhue, MN

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Sent it back within 24 hours....Very cheaply made. Quaility is very poor...Seems like something you would buy from walmart... Stay Clear Of This Model !!!!!

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

on tour

By Matt Holewinski

from milwaukee WI

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I loved the mandolin. held up absolutly fantastically on tour. it can take a beating and keep on trucking.

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(59 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Sweet Mandolin

By StringSlinger1

from NYC

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This is overall a good instrument for the price but it certainly has some downsides. By far the most apparent is that it is not the most forgiving instrument to play. It has very small frets to facilitate clean string vibration, but this also makes it real hard to play as this is a comparatively high tension instrument at concert pitch. After an hour long session my finger tips looked like they had been put in a blender and were noticeably more fatigued than at the start. I put 11 guage strings on so it is harder to play, but an hours worth of playing will be a physical test. I tend to play this thing like a guitar and use all these wacky voicings and barre chords, so it you plan on playing mostly open chords and melodies you definitely complain less about this. Having a demanding instrument can be good cause after a session on this I can totally destroy stuff on my much easier to play electric guitars and a twelve string bare chords aren't as tiring to play. Also there is no way to adjust the truss rod so action adjustments can only be made by tweaking the bridge, which isn't all that well made. I haven't had any really noticeable neck warping problems after 1.5 years. A couple frets near the top have buzz or do not register at all, but its a problem that really doesn't affect my playing since they're on like the 16th fret area on the lower higher guage strings. Some fret filing might be done soon. I think I might invest in a bridge for this instrument next time I change strings and set it up. Its impossible for me to get a perfect set-up with the stock bridge I have, and I don't think its made out of any sort of good tonewood-just looks like regular old wood. That said, the electric tone out of this thing is great, with a good balance and clarity comming out of he pickup. Being able to run this thing through an amp allows for sick sonic possibilities. A well-played mando with some blues distortion can have as incredibly impressive effect. I even put some flanger and metal distortion on when I feel like messing around, and it sounds pretty wild. Acoustically this mando lacks strong low-end projection and definition but what can you expect at the price range. Nevertheless I still dig it. The mids are very well defined and the highs are good too, but could use a bit more projection. The tuners are decent, and can stick with you through most of a session. The finish is nicely done especially on the back-its a good looking instrument. Its a decent starter mandolin as long as you go with a lighter guage of strings or tune it down to F cause it is hard to play. If your looking for a second backup mando or play other instruments and are looking to start getting down with mandolins then this is a great option for you to take. Being a guitarist already able to play stringed instruments well, I was able to pick it up and start playing and composing songs the day I got it. The tuning took getting used to but made a lot of sense after a little while. There are certainly some crazy things possible on this instrument that are not possible on guitars. I definitely dig this mando

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(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Fine at first, but,,,

By AClicheGuevara

from NJ

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I received this mandolin as a Christmas present, and it worked pretty well for the first two months. The only thing that disappointed me was that there was only one knob to adjust the tonal quality (high end and low end), rather than separate ones. However, as time went on, the neck began to bend backwards despite perfect care, and soon the high frets touched the strings. When you strummed it, the mandolin produced a clicking sound and it was completely unplayable. Not a note would sound, as the frets came in contact with the strings. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of this product.

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(8 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Connor McWilliams

By GuitarAddict798

from WestLinn,OR

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I have heard very good things about this guitar. So i decided to use it, Lucky for me it is more of a BlueGrass/Gospel Guitar, I had a great experince using it and I see myself in the future using it again. I would reccomend it to those who like BlueGrass/Gospel Music, And aslo to those who have an Acoustic Guitar, But want something else like it but not to different, Why I would prefer A-style over f-style wich is the other one i was thinking about trying out, Is this has a nice clean sound and I like Gospel and BlueGrass, And also the F-style has more of a Jazz sound, I am not really that much of a jazz sound anyway. So if your a big Gospel/BlueGrass fan try out this guitar

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JUST LOVE THIS MANDOLIN

By Robert Wellman

from Charleston, S.C.

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Bought this mandolin at guitar center. Have had it a couple of months now. For the money this mandolin can't be beat. Sound is great plugged in or not, the sound still stands out even when Iam playing with six guitar players, a bass and three banjo's and the singers. I play mainly gospel music and it fits in great.

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