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The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin offers a modern look and quality craftsmanship that has made Washburn a household name. The mandolin is built on the popular A-style platform-a classic acoustic fol... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin offers a modern look and quality craftsmanship that has made Washburn a household name. The mandolin is built on the popular A-style platform-a classic acoustic folk design producing deep, powerful attack. It starts with a solid spruce top for warm, balanced tone right out of the box. The arched back and sides are maple, offering beauty and performance.

The bound rosewood fingerboard promotes warm sustain, while the A-style design and the oval soundhole produces and full tone and projection-ideal for soloing and rhythm in barn-burnin' bluegrass or folk settings. A striking white binding outlines the teardrop body and gold tuning machines offer precise tuning in a modern appearance. The Washburn M1SDL A-style mandolin comes out of the box ready to jam. Thanks to Washburn's careful handmade craftsmanship, this 8-string bluegrass standard will compliment any string band outfit, from parking lot jams to center stage. Case sold separately.

Features
  • A-style body design
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple sides
  • Arched maple back
  • Oval soundhole
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Florentine headstock
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Black/white pickguard
  • Gold tuners and hardware
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • 20 frets
    13-3/4" scale
    Nut width: 1.13"
    Stained/buffed gloss finish
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on electronic controls.
Nontransferable limited lifetime warranty.
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WashburnM1SDL A-Style Mandolin
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great tone, value

I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of...Read complete review

I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of positive reviews and went on sale, so I took a shot.

It's a tremendous value. It has that 'tubby' tone associated with oval hole mandos and once I put my preferred strings on it, it was fairly loud. It's pretty, too. Action was terrific right out of the box, although the intonation had to be adjusted (and that's not something everyone can do, although it's not terribly hard).

It has a solid, pressed (not carved, but whaddyawant at this price point?) top and ply sides and back. Construction quality seems very good and the mando is genuinely pretty, although I did find a very small finish flaw (and didn't care). Top looked to be of a lower grade spruce -- but again, that's a probably function of price and shouldn't affect performance much, if at all.

The price shows up in a few other places: Frets are very thin -- but function perfectly fine. Tuners are cheap-looking but actually work quite well! Bridge is rosewood and also of very basic quality, as is the very thin tailpiece. Everything worked without much hassle, though, so again it's hard to complain at this price point. I'll probably swap out the bridge and call it a day.

This would be a great beginner or 'campfire' mandolin unless you really want that piercing bluegrass 'chop' and shorter sustain that comes with f-hole mandolins. Ovals have a warmer, more balanced tone with a lot more sustain. This one hits that target nicely at a great price even when it's not on sale! It's hard for me to imagine getting a better bang-for-buck mando.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wrong Color Sent

This was a gift or daughter asked for. Sent to her at college for birthday. She wanted black, both my email receipt and the packing form she recurved said black, but what was...Read complete review

This was a gift or daughter asked for. Sent to her at college for birthday. She wanted black, both my email receipt and the packing form she recurved said black, but what was sent wasa blue..
(Which was odd, as the blue was on back order according to the online ordering.)
This is the only thing that we were not pleased with.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very pleased!

By A.K.

from New Iberia, La.

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

I play guitar and a little fiddle, but I'm new to mandolin. In fact before I bought this, I only played one once. I was looking for a modestly priced mandolin with a solid top (didn't mind if it was not carved) and truss rod. I also wanted an oval hole. This instrument did not disappoint! It sets up pretty well out of the box. I'm sure the action at the nut could be lowered a little, but not much. It's pretty low as it is, and is really comfortable to play. It projects really well, and can keep up fairly well when playing in a group with other acoustic instruments. The pictures online don't do this thing justice. It's a little different aesthetically than you would expect from a traditional instrument like a mandolin, but that is part of what drew me to it. You don't see too many blue mandolins out there! The grain on the maple back and neck are really attractive, and there don't appear to be too many A styles with F style headstocks. Very nice little instrument that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in getting started with this really cool style of music.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wrong Color Sent

By Mom

from Ohio

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful...but...

Cons

  • The mandolin did not arrive in the color ordered

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

This was a gift or daughter asked for. Sent to her at college for birthday. She wanted black, both my email receipt and the packing form she recurved said black, but what was sent wasa blue..
(Which was odd, as the blue was on back order according to the online ordering.)
This is the only thing that we were not pleased with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very affordable, looks,plays, sounds great

By tp

from va

Pros

  • Well made

Cons

  • A Few Un-noticeable Blemi

Best Uses

  • Celtic Bluegrass

Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

Waited for over a yr. to purchase on holiday sale and was not dissapointed. Had a few different styles but despite minor blems, a very solid workhorse...

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good value for your buck.

By Andy

from Marienville, Pa.

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

    Nice mandolin for the money. Has good sound and easy fingering. Thumbs up.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tone, value

    By Frobozz

    from Alexandria, Va

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good-looking
    • Good Tone
    • Great Bang-for-buck

    Cons

    • Some Cheap-ish Parts
    • Very Minor Finish Issues

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Great For Newbies
    • Nice 'campfire' Mando
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

    I wanted an oval hole mando but I'm still learning the instrument and already have a decent F-style, so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. This one had a lot of positive reviews and went on sale, so I took a shot.

    It's a tremendous value. It has that 'tubby' tone associated with oval hole mandos and once I put my preferred strings on it, it was fairly loud. It's pretty, too. Action was terrific right out of the box, although the intonation had to be adjusted (and that's not something everyone can do, although it's not terribly hard).

    It has a solid, pressed (not carved, but whaddyawant at this price point?) top and ply sides and back. Construction quality seems very good and the mando is genuinely pretty, although I did find a very small finish flaw (and didn't care). Top looked to be of a lower grade spruce -- but again, that's a probably function of price and shouldn't affect performance much, if at all.

    The price shows up in a few other places: Frets are very thin -- but function perfectly fine. Tuners are cheap-looking but actually work quite well! Bridge is rosewood and also of very basic quality, as is the very thin tailpiece. Everything worked without much hassle, though, so again it's hard to complain at this price point. I'll probably swap out the bridge and call it a day.

    This would be a great beginner or 'campfire' mandolin unless you really want that piercing bluegrass 'chop' and shorter sustain that comes with f-hole mandolins. Ovals have a warmer, more balanced tone with a lot more sustain. This one hits that target nicely at a great price even when it's not on sale! It's hard for me to imagine getting a better bang-for-buck mando.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful

    By Roda

    from B'ville MS

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

      I chose the Washburn A-style Mandolin because I own other Washburn instruments and they are the best built, best sounding instruments I own. I own a lot of different brand instruments. I am very pleased with this mandolin. It required a little bit of setup but was very easy to do. Thanks Washburn for such a beautiful instrument. Thanks Musicians Friend for the great price and prompt shipping.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Roger

      from Charlottesville, Va

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

        I bought this mandolin in red used to save some money. When it arrived it had been set up by the previous owner so was ready to play. The finish is transparent red and is flawless. The only thing showing it as used was a few pick marks on the pickguard. Plays perfect and sounds deep and woody.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value. Great sound.

        By James Tunnicliffe

        from Royersford, PA

        Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

        I'll begin by saying I am just a beginner mandolin player, but I've played violin for many years. I always wanted to learn mandolin, as it is strung the same as a violin, G-D-A-E. I tried out a few others and I don't think there is anything better in this price range. Solid spruce and maple are a must. Nothing laminate. I settled on the round hole A-type because it definitely projects the best sound, and is about twice as loud as the type with f-holes. It just has a better overall tonal quality than anything else under $300. Even so, I will also put a pickup on it to run through my amp. I bought this model new in the box, so the tech at Guitar Center set up the bridge for me. Also got the Road Runner travel bag and the added pro coverage. I was told that mandolins can be somewhat fragile instruments and they are strung so tight that weather can really affect them, and they've seen even expensive ones come in all distorted from stress. I believe this Washburn model has an adjustable truss through the neck, instead of the neck just being glued on, and that was another plus factor in my decision. Even though it's made in China, it seems to be put together well. Only tiny imperfections which I don't doubt they're all going to have, and which you wouldn't notice unless you look really close. I'd recommend this to any beginner. You want to learn on a good instrument and not be frustrated by a cheapo brand. And get an inexpensive Snark clip-on digital tuner. You're going to need it. The tech told me it may take several days for the instrument to settle in with new, tuned up strings.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid starter for certain

        By Jerry Mayo

        from Mahwah, New Jersey

        Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

        New to the mandolin but played this Washburn in store and was very impressed with solid spruce top, quality, finish + sounded great for both notes and chords for REM's "losing my religion" the rock anthem for mandolins. My only real concern was tuning pegs/ hardware looked pretty light weight. Weeks later I got an email promo for a restock so I ordered on line. It arrived unblemished in perfect condition - note all the difficulties stated in other reviews regarding bridge installation are accurate but once you are in fact set up this was indeed a great buy! A very well built instrument plus it really stays in tune very well with significant playing in spite of my worries regarding tuning hardware. A++

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid starter

        By merc

        from Northern New Jersey

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin:

          New to the mandolin but strings experience 40+ years. Bought this as a restock for a great value... The Washburn arrived flawless, solidly constructed with really nice finish. Tuning pegs and hardware look suspect but reality is this instrument sounded great and really holds tuning very well during extensive play. Only possible downside is bridge installation upon arrival so be prepared. Highly recommend as a quality starter for learning mandolin.

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