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Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin Dark Violin Sunburst

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Ibanez has a storied history in bluegrass and acoustic music. Even Bill Monroe explored the Ibanez line of mandolins way back in the 1970s. Once you hear these little 8-strings, it's not surprising. Click To Read More About This Product

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Ibanez has a storied history in bluegrass and acoustic music. Even Bill Monroe explored the Ibanez line of mandolins way back in the 1970s. Once you hear these little 8-strings, it's not surprising.

Designed under the premiere craftsmanship of Ibanez luthiers and using fine tonewoods, this Ibanez mandolin sounds great and will stand the test of time, without a high price tag. Built in the teardrop A-style platform, the M510EDVS features mahogany for the neck, back, and sides offering a crisp attack and lasting high-end sustain-ideal for chopping away in the rhythm or for shimmering solos. The top is spruce, contributing to a balanced tone that can rise above the rhythm of the other band-mates.

The M510EDVS's magnetic pickup delivers true mandolin sound. Just plug in and pick away, with volume and tone passive controls to customize and dial in your ultimate sound. Many other appointments set this Ibanez mandolin apart, including chrome hardware and tuners, rosewood bridge and fretboard, and the dark violin sunburst finish.

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Features
  • Body Shape: A-Style
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Top: Spruce
  • Tuners: Chrome Hardware
  • Pickup: Single-Coil magnetic
  • Electronics: Volume and Tone Passive Controls
  • Fretboard and Bridge: Rosewood
  • Strings: Standard Mandolin
  • Finishes: Dark violin sunburst high-gloss finish
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Scale/Length: 350mm
    Width at Nut: 30mm
    Width at Joint: 40mm
    Thickness 1st Fret: 22mm
    Thickness 7th Fret: 24.5mm
    Radius: Flat
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IbanezA-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
4.0

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Truth

I am a 20 year guitarist and have been playing other stringed instruments almost literally my whole life. Lately I've been wanting to take up the mandolin so I purchased this instrument. Ibanez is...Read complete review

I am a 20 year guitarist and have been playing other stringed instruments almost literally my whole life. Lately I've been wanting to take up the mandolin so I purchased this instrument. Ibanez is all I play in electric guitars and I always recommend their lower line instruments to beginners who need an affordable but playable guitar.This mandolin is no variance from the path of unequalled value Ibanez forges. Let's be honest here. This is a [$] instrument. It comes poorly set up which is ok if you or someone you know can fix it. Even with quality adjustments it really loses its tune past the 5th or 6th fret. Its sound is a little dull and difficult to manipulate. It is much more suited to chording and background and will have trouble cutting through a mix when desired. However the more than adequate pickup can aid this. Playing hard for one or two songs will put the instrument out of tune. Its bridge is uncomfortable to play around and the saddle to which the strings are connected is chincey. The finish is also poor and can feel a bit sticky when it gets warm from one's arm resting on it.I feel it relevant to mention these things as most reviews of this instrument are not particularly critical. However, at [$] this is a remarkable value for a very playable acoustic/electric mandolin. It's a great beginners instrument but I can see myself wanting something more in a year if I stick with it.

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Very Dissapointed

I love Ibanez Guitars and Basses so I thought this mandolin would be good. There is a design flaw with the top of this mandolin. I bought it because it has an electric pickup...Read complete review

I love Ibanez Guitars and Basses so I thought this mandolin would be good. There is a design flaw with the top of this mandolin. I bought it because it has an electric pickup in in which makes it easier to use on stage because you don't have to mic. it. It sounded great but the whole top collapsed. Ok guitar center replaced it and a week later the top collapsed on that one too. What I noticed is that there was no top bracing on this mandolin. The top is weak because of the cut out for the pickup plus the holes from mounting the pick guard. Well I'm not blaming Guitar Center for any of this because I've always been happy with the service I have gotten there. I decided to go with a Fishman pickup for my other mandolin. It sounds great. Hopefully Ibanez has figured out that they need to fix this design flaw because it needs to be taken care of. If they intend to make mandolins they need to bring the quality up to the standards of their guitars ans Basses.

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5.0

The Ibanez M510E series is perfect for me.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

The Ibanez M510EDVS is a great starter instrument for me. I am 72 years old and have played guitars in the past. As far as looks I like the Dark Violin Sunburst...subdued and not flashy. I replaced the tuners with Grover's and this solved the problem of the standard turners not being able to keep the instrument in tune. It did not take much to adjust the intonation as I have done so on other stringed instruments. The pickup works well and correctly amplifies the mandolin sound. I am very pleased with my purchase.

 
4.0

Good product for the money

By pap

from Bradyville, TN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Not the best workmanship

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

Very good starter mandolin. Not the best sound I have ever heard, but pretty good for the money. Looks very nice.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Lasted a Few Years

By Sean

from California

Site Member

Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

It played well for a few years. After that the top began to collapse on itself. Might be better to get another mandolin and just by a pickup for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good mandolin

By dusterman

from mass.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

    This is a decent mandolin for the money I picked it up for playing over a amp. It sounds very good and the finish is nice but like all new mandolins you need to have it set-up by a luthier that knows what he is doing! If you try this your self and don't know what your doing you could run into a hole lot of problems and you will never get it right! Mine needed to have the bridge fitted to the body and the action adjusted, also notation set and a new set of GHS steel mandolin strings, you have to use steel strings because of the pick-up on the mandolin it will sound much better! ( It comes with cheap steel ones) once you have this all done RIGHT, you will hear and feel how good this mandolin can perform! It surely makes a big deference.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poorly Constructed Instrument

    By none

    from Egg Harbor, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy
      • Not Consistent
      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

      • Don't Use

      Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

      I own this mandolin, tho after about a year and a half it was deemed unplayable. The instrument started to cave in under the pickup from F-hole to f-hole. The pickup was the only thing that was appealing about this instrument, over all tone was very much lacking. perhaps i just got a bad one of the bunch, but when i contacted Ibanez about the problem they told me i was out of their warranty and there was nothing they could do for me. Not sure which was worse the mandolin of the customer service.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic buy

      By Mom

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          Bought this as a gift and it is in great shape. Really happy with the purchase and the price.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Well, it's in the shape of a mandolin.

          By mrat

          from huntsville, al.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Acceptable Acoustic Tone
          • Acceptable Tone
          • Cheap

          Cons

          • Horrible Action
          • Will Not Intonate

          Best Uses

          • Toughening Fingertips

          Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

          I've owned this since Oct. 2011 and I finally gave up on it today. 1. this thing will never intonate correctly. the bridge has been adjusted back and forth dozens of times. can only conclude that the instrument is dimensionally flawed from design. 2. string action is horribly high. the plastic nut has been filed down nearly to the fretboard and the bridge is at its lowest setting. Still the action cannot be corrected. Be forewarned. this item is a toy. Oh, but if it could stay in tune, it has a decent tone.

           
          5.0

          Good bang for the buck & sounds good

          By stringbabe

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

            Have used this Mandolin in our band for the last two years. Bought it because it's an acoustic electric. Nice sound, easy to play, looks good. More expensive ones did not merit the price they were asking. If you're a beginner or just adding Mandolin to some of your gig list, this Mandolin will do the job. Haven't any issues with it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Top Collapsed

            By Rocky Malamphy

            from Bealeton Va.

            Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

            This mandolin is weak and vulnerable to cracking. The top of the mandolin does not have proper structural support. I took it out of the case to play it and noticed the strings rubbing the frets. After further inspection I noticed the top was cracked. The next day it had completely collapsed in. It looked like someone stepped on it.Very disappointed.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THE PRICE DID NOT MATCH THE OUTCOME...

            By KOKOLAKAY2012

            from Portland, Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Ibanez A-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

              Playing rhythm guitar for almost 45 years, I was really captivated of the excellent tone of this mandolin guitar...I was looking for a guitar sound that supplement my style of playing and this Ibanez product really filled up those holes...The 6th and 7th fret is dead in E-string but I do not go there anyway so it is perfect...Thanks Musician Friend for the great #4 Condition low pricing but with an excellent outcome...

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