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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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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 9 reviews)

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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.

           
          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)

             
            3.0

            Tonal quality could have been better

            By JAMES JONES

            from Miami Fl

            Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

            Epiphone is owned by Gibson and is licensed to make copies of Gibson guitars and mandolins. This is the Epiphone version of the iconic Gibson F-5 mandolin, with the F-style body construction inspired by Lloyd Loar in the 1920s with the flowerpot inlay on the headstock. Unplugged this mandolin sounded nice and woody (not tinny and shrill) but it did not have much volume or project strongly. The neck is thinner than other mandolins, just 1.06?. I suspect the joint between the neck and the headstock might be a weak point in the construction. Chop chords sounded great on it. Out of the box, it was not set up, so I spent some time adjusting the bridge position and tuning up the strings. There was no documentation to give me any information about the mandolin. It did not come with an Allen wrench to adjust the truss rod. However, there were no problems with the fit and finish or with the frets, so, as it turned out, I didn?t need to adjust the truss rod. The pickup worked fine and is positioned under the pick guard, rather than in the body, which is a better design than the piezo pickups, that are positioned under the bridge and sound tinny and shrill. If you are playing in a band, most acoustic instruments are amplified these days, having this pickup puts you on an ?even playing field? with other musicians in the band. ' The negative reviews and complaints about intonation problems or fretboard buzzing are unfounded. Both problems can be resolved easily without going to an expensive luthier or sending the mandolin back to the seller. There are youtube videos that show how this is done. My main concern is two fold: the thin neck and the lack of tonal quality. A thin neck is more difficult to play on. Any guitar or mandolin that sounds great will beckon you to play it, which will make you a better musician. An instrument that is difficult to play or sounds mediocre will not be played.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            MM-50e Epiphone mandolin

            By MARK WILLIAMSON

            from Sterling, MA

            Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

            Nice action, but thin sound, came out of the box broken in two places with large cracks running the length of the body. I rejected it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            My "Golden Boy" is okay.

            By Larry Warren

            from Cape Girardeau, MO

            Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

            I bought my electric eppiphone about two weeks ago. I must say that after I tuned it up and played it some, I was not impressed. I play a customized Alverez that is a monster mandolin and will hold it's own with anyone and even outside in jam session. Back to the Eppiphone, I plugged it in and was amazed at the difference. I balanced the strings for a more even sound and it is more than okay. I played it last Thursday night on stage with a country band that is really loud, didn't lose a thing, this mandolin stood up and was counted. At first I was concerned about hitting the pickguard, because I don't use a pickguard on my accoustic mandolin. I have never had that problem and eventhough I play hard I don't hit the pickguard. All in all for the money this mandolin is all I will need for electric settings. The finish could be a little better, but for the money you can't have it all. Besides if I want it better my luthier will take care of it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great starter mandolin that will last years and years and age well

            By James Bridges

            from Houston, texAs

            Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

            I purchased my eppie about six months ago after an a style cheap ibanez that was hard to learn on. The a was all laminate and electric and cheap. This mandolin while not perfect is swee to play and has a sweet woody sound to it. The pickup is almost as expensive as the entire cost of the combo its self. I will cherish this mandolin for many years while learning and mastering the instrument. I also purchased the eppie hard case for my mandolin as well along with a jam soft cover. The bluegrass club I belong tO many seasoned vets commented on ithe eppies sound both acoustical and thru a pa or amp. They did criticize the finish out. My response it ain't how it looks it is how it sounds and plays, to the Verage person it looks great and sounds great. So overall it is a great by for a new musician starting out to play. My older kbrother is a professional musician and says that I make a great buy, he likes the sound and the name brand, good for learning and playing on the road, had quality pickup. He says eppie does not have the best finish out but the sound rivals many since most of their instruments are Gibson replicas build for the guys with a budget and starting out playing.

            (33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin

            By Dan Barfield

            from Houston TX

            Comments about 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 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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