Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin  

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The Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin features a solid spruce top, nato back and sides, and 4-ply ivory binding. It's gorgeous to behold and the sound quality is exceptional. 4-in-line gold tuners with ... Read More

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The Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin features a solid spruce top, nato back and sides, and 4-ply ivory binding. It's gorgeous to behold and the sound quality is exceptional. 4-in-line gold tuners with white plastic knobs.

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  • Solid spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
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FenderFM-53S Acoustic Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great instrument

I love this instrument. It's important to have a hatchet that plays well and this one really does. The action is great, the sound is sweet. I put the bridge really low and...Read complete review

I love this instrument. It's important to have a hatchet that plays well and this one really does. The action is great, the sound is sweet. I put the bridge really low and it still doesn't buzz. The bridge needed nudging a little into the right place, but otherwise it was perfect right out of the box. It's a joy to play and I play it most days.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had to return mandolin

The mandolin was returned due to horrible fret buzz & it would not stay in tune if you strummed it more than twice. However, the customer service department could not have been more...Read complete review

The mandolin was returned due to horrible fret buzz & it would not stay in tune if you strummed it more than twice. However, the customer service department could not have been more helpful in your Montgomery, Alabama store. We have ordered another mandolin this time in my son's name (it's a birthday gift for him). He is patiently awaiting it's arrival. I would not recommend the mandolin but would recommend Guitar Center to anyone!

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5.0

Great Product!!

By Kathy

from Mason City, IL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

    I'm just learning to play. I've super impressed with the quality and sound! Not to forget it's beautiful!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Exacly what I was looking for to learn on

    By Neil

    from Sacramento

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Nicely made, good looking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

      Guitar player who wants to learn to play the mandolin

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      5.0

      Awesome mandolin!

      By Ctwyman

      from LA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          I was looking for a second, better quality mandolin. My budget is small. I play gospel, country, bluegrass. This mandolin has such a warm, sweet sound. My friend mounted the bridge, easily set the intonation, tuned it up and it payed beautifully! I did not need to adjust the neck, but I could have. The finish is beautiful. This will be my primary mandolin. I'll save my other for air travel. Awesome product. Awesome price.

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          5.0

          What a bargain!

          By Tele-B-Blaster

          from San Mateo, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy and Fun to Play
          • Good Finish
          • Good Tone
          • Well Made

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Learning
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          No complaints! Bought on a Daily Deal. Couldn't be happier!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great starter mandolin

          By steve

          from Virginia

          Site Member

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          This was my first ever mandolin before I knew how to play. It is well built and I have never had a problem with it staying in tune. It sounds very good for a beginner/non professional instrument and worth the money. Appearance is still excellent and I have had this mandolin for more than 10 years now, and it sill holds tune and plays comfortably. There have been no issues with cracks or separation of seams, and no warping.

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          (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Complete Garbage

          By Dan McKinsey

          from Palmdale, Ca

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          I play guitar, not a mandolin. But a friend of mine wanted her mandolin tuned-up. All the strings were loose. Started bringing them up slowly...then POP...POP...the neck started seperating from the body!! Long story short..after about 10 hours of shimming, gluing, sanding and setting it up...it STILL SUCKS! Buyer beware...you get what you pay for. BTW...I've bought and owned 10's of guitars. Only one has ever been this bad.

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          (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Had to return mandolin

          By Kathy Griffin

          from Troy, AL

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          The mandolin was returned due to horrible fret buzz & it would not stay in tune if you strummed it more than twice. However, the customer service department could not have been more helpful in your Montgomery, Alabama store. We have ordered another mandolin this time in my son's name (it's a birthday gift for him). He is patiently awaiting it's arrival. I would not recommend the mandolin but would recommend Guitar Center to anyone!

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          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WWWOOOWWW

          By Bob Bob the Bearman

          from Seattle, Washington

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          I mainly play bass but i decided to try and learn to play some guitar. Then i decided to try this. I'm in a metal band and i thought we needed somethin... unusual. I hooked it up to a distortion pedal and... Woah!! its was so wierd. But back to this guitar. It plays smoothly, sounds great, and looks even better (If your really into the country stuff and not trying to get some "different" tones out of it). Great Buy

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          (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mandolin

          By Jorge

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          The Fender FM-53S acoustic mandolin is a great sounding instrument for an affordable price. I've loved the mandolin ever since I got it. Make sure to replace the strings that are on the mandolin when you buy it, and you will love the sound.

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          (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great instrument

          By MandoMan53

          from Los Gatos, CA

          Comments about Fender FM-53S Acoustic Mandolin:

          I love this instrument. It's important to have a hatchet that plays well and this one really does. The action is great, the sound is sweet. I put the bridge really low and it still doesn't buzz. The bridge needed nudging a little into the right place, but otherwise it was perfect right out of the box. It's a joy to play and I play it most days.

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