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Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar  

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The best-in-class Mitchell MD400 offers a carved, double cutaway mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany set neck for superior tone and sustain. Both the neck and body are carefully bound in a stunning... Read More

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The best-in-class Mitchell MD400 offers a carved, double cutaway mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany set neck for superior tone and sustain. Both the neck and body are carefully bound in a stunning multi-ply binding/purfling to produce an amazing eye-catching aesthetic. For a more advanced, modern sound, it includes a rail-style Alnico V humbuckers in the bridge and a mini-rail humbucker in the neck position. They both provide a more consistent magnetic pull versus standard pole pieces, enhancing overall tone and sustain. It also allows for additional picking room while also expanding the visual beauty of the guitar top. The string-thru body design increases sustain even further, and high-ratio locking tuning machines make precision tuning easy.

All Mitchell electric guitars receive a complete stateside setup and quality control inspection to ensure exceptional playability. Available in Black (BK), Transparent Ocean Blue (TOB) or optional Transparent Purple (QPR), Natural (QNT) and Transparent Forest Green (QFG) AAA quilt maple veneer tops. Case sold separately.


MD400 Features
• Modern carved mahogany double cutaway body and a mahogany set neck with rosewood fretboard
• H/mini-H pickup configuration with paraffin-dipped, rail-style Alnico V pickups reduce microphonics and unwanted feedback while reducing tonal dropouts
• Deep Bevel Cutaway (DBC) design allows for complete fretboard access 
• String-through body design and traditional, adjustable TOM-style bridge for outstanding sustain and solid intonation
• Locking tuning machines and Graph Tech TUSQ XL reduced-friction nut enhance tuning stability
• Stunning multi-ply binding/purfling throughout provides eye-catching looks
• High-tensile strength fretwire for durability and smooth playability 

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: (AAA quilt maple veneer on some finishes)
  • Body wood: Carved mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Shallow C 
  • Neck wood: Bound mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Indian rosewood
  • Radius: 15.75 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.656 in. (42 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Mini-Rail Humbucker Alnico V
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Rail-Style Humbucker Alnico V
  • Brand: Mitchell
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/push tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil tap
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic-style fully adjustable
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: High-ratio locking
  • Color: Black nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
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MitchellMD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (7)
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Reviewed by 9 customers

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5.0

excellent guitar

By Jimbo45

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is excellent for the money. I actually traded my 2015 American start hss shawbucker for this guitar. It out performed my start in almost every level. with the coil tap feature you can get some start tones, and u add some distortion with that bridge pickup and u can play things like All That Remains or Killswitch Engage,

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not so fast.....be prepared to return it.

    By Steeler

    from South Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Perfectly setup

    Cons

    • Faulty wiring

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

    I played one of these while trying out and eventually purchasing a Randall Diavlo 212 and I was thoroughly impressed. I immediately when home and ordered one that hadn't been "handled" by the masses. It features neck-thru construction, quality wood, locking tuners, above average pickups, coil tapping, a custom nut....what else do you need? Also, the finish was nearly flawless, too.
    However, after unpacking, tuning it, and hitting that first E, the wind quickly left my sails. I was expecting a monstrous wave of sound only to hear the squeak of a first act with a speaker built into it. For some reason the bridge pickup had very little output compared to all of the other selections using the toggle. I believe there is a short in the toggle switch or a loose or miss soldered wire in it. Back it went for a replacement.
    Like the previous reviewer said. 5 stars for fit, finish, and play ability (seriously tho, I own other extremely expensive axes and this one is comparable) one star off for the poor QC. I don't want to add to a possible negative trend on these by giving an overall poor rating because the market sorely needs this kind of potential at this price point. I just hope GC can clear up these QC issues quickly. Its too nice of a product to have this kind of careless oversight.

     
    5.0

    A Few Months Later...

    By Nealio

    from D.C-Baltimore Music Scene

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • They Fixed the Electronics/Wiring Issue
    • Tone Lovers Will Rejoice
    • Tremendous Pickup Array

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

      I wrote of my experiences a few months ago and hammered Guitar Center Corp on putting an inferior product on prominent display. In the interest of fairness, I auditioned this Mitchell model again. Two words: HOME RUN! They've fixed the wiring issue and have brought to this world a masterpiece of a reasonably priced instrument to the amateur and professional world alike: shaped like a strat, coil tapping expands the tone. If you can't afford this one, no worries, because Mitchell was smart enough to provide two others with essentially the same pup array. I'm pretty confident that this axe can take a budding guitarist to stage performer to recording/studio musicians without a hitch. [Now I want one and am finding excuses to sell some of my gear in order to buy it outright (since I don't want to be beholden to GC's credit card mafiosos).]

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful workmanship. Perfect Intonation on 12th fret.

      By Fish

      from North Chesterfield, Virginia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        Only the name confuses and once you try it that confusion leaves quickly.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Happy with deal

        By P Gely

        from Pa

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

            worth checking out for anyone.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again.

            By Shredder58

            from Kerman CA.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

              I have many guitars, the Mitchell MD 400 plays as good as the guitars I have spent esy more money on, I would recommend this guitar for any player.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great guitar for the money.

              By SIX PACK MOPAR.

              from Massachusetts.

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                I just purchased one of these guitars today at my local guitar center in the natural finish.
                I own higher end guitars and this Mitchell feels just as good as them.
                It actually comes set up from the factory, and in my opinion the action is perfect.
                I love the look of the Indian rosewood fret board ( it's almost as black as ebony ).
                The guitar plays like butter and it looks great.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                OMG was I surprised. You have to try it.

                By Oldie

                from Lewisville Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                  I am soon retiring and met with my son to pick a guitar to play together with him. I had a 1969 Les Paul back in the day. We looked at them all today and we just couldn't find better for the price. Pick one up and play it. Can't wait to get back into it.

                  (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  What a Shame to Peddle a Miswired Beauty on the Public

                  By Nealio

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Excellent tuners
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Wiring

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Mitchell MD400 Modern Rock Double-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                  Before marketing, advertising and selling this truly beautiful, well-crafted instrument even a novice would have expected--and correctly so--a guitar that was wired correctly. Even the GC staff admitted they were puzzled when attempting to set up/demo the pickups. No one could tell me if the bottom knob was for tone, coil splitting, or coil tapping. While it sounded absolutely fabulous (played through a Bugera V22...'cause it was on), all of my attempts to adjust tone were hopeless. The pup selector switch was on the nebulous side, and I couldn't really figure out if there were 5 pup combinations (like a Strat) or 3. If whoever they're buying it from in China can do just a MINUTE of QA on the wiring, they would REALLY be producing a great-sounding, beautiful instrument. Shame on the manufacturer, shame on Guitar Center Corp., and sympathies to the GC staff, who end up looking like dunces through no fault of their own. [Couldn't give it a "1" because the guitar was a real "looker" so a "2" accounts for the faulty wiring. What a shame.]

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