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Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case Transparent Wine Red

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The electric version of the classic M3SW, the M3SWE mandolin from Washburn features North American solid figured maple sides and back in a trans red finish. Battery powered preamp has volume, treble a... Read More

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The electric version of the classic M3SW, the M3SWE mandolin from Washburn features North American solid figured maple sides and back in a trans red finish. Battery powered preamp has volume, treble and bass sliders. Gold hardware and pearloid tuners adorn this cutaway Florentine-style mandolin. Includes case.


Features
  • Florentine-cutaway design
  • Carved Solid Spruce top
  • Book-matched solid maple back and sides
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Stain/buffed gloss top
  • Stain/buffed gloss neck
  • 4 inline open gear gold tuning machines
  • Rosewood bridge with piezo pickup
  • MG2 Preamp
  • Includes case
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WashburnM3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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5.0

Attractive, good sounding mandolin

By AFBaldeagle

from San Antonio TX

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

    I am a guitar player looking to branch out. I play at my church where we play contemporary praise and worship music, along with hymns. I bought a cheap mandolin to decide if I really wanted to play mandolin...I was hooked right away and decided to buy one that I would be able to plug into the church sound system. This mandolin is very attractive looking and comes with a sturdy hard shell case with a plush interior. I did have a hard time pushing down on the strings, especially at the first fret, even with the bridge in the lowest position. I took it into the Guitar Center and they lowered the nut and bridge...action is good on it now and it has good tone. I've only plugged it into my small amp so far, but the pickup seems to work pretty well. The only downside was I had to pay more money to get it setup. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase.

     
    1.0

    DON'T- if you are buying because of electronics!

    By Denver Player

    from Denver

    Pros

    • Case Beautiful Look

    Cons

    • Eletronics

    Best Uses

    • Hitting Your Brother

    Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

    Electronics have been replaced and we are still not able to use this Washburn mandolin at festivals. Washburn support will not call me back to provide adequate support. The reason we purchased this particular mandolin was for the electronics which will not work correctly. If you are considering this DON'T! Buy a nice Mandolin (without electronics) and have a quality LRBaggs or Fishman pickup installed.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Beautiful mandolin

    By Jamie

    from Miami, Fl

    Pros

    • Case
    • Electronics
    • Finish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Personal pleasure
      • Public Performance
      • Recording

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      This is a great acoustic-electric mandolin, which is what I wanted for playing outside, or with other musicians. Typically, I use it for at home playing and recording or in leading worship at my church. The wine-red gloss finish is beautiful and as are the snowflake inlays on the neck. The all wood construction results in excellent tone. I applied ToneRite to it to accelerate the the break-in process. The only setup problem I had was with the nut that had a slot that was too low, resulting in buzzing on the open (inner) E string. I decided to replace the hard plastic ABS nut with a bone nut, which is a simple upgrade that will improve the tone even further. Comes with a felt lined hardshell case. This is my third Washburn mandolin. I really like their line of instruments!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent mandolin

      By DAVID

      from Reading, PA

      Site Member

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      I'm admittedly a novice at mandolin playing and ownership, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this mandolin and the case. It really feels like a premium instrument. I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it has a high quality feel and appearance to it. The sound, to me, is excellent also,both acoustically and with an amp. The finish is gorgeous. A really pretty instrument. I also have had two Washburn banjos and I'm very pleased with them as well, even tho' they are no longer made in the USA.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Instrument

      By Roy

      from Olive Branch, Mississippi

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      I'm a guitar picker. I play both professionally, and at a weekly amateur gathering that we call the OB Old Towne Hootenanny. Most every mandolin that I've heard being played there sounds so dull and muted that I've never before had a desire to play mandolin. I Bought this for my wife because she wanted to learn to play an instrument, Her hands are just not big enough to play guitar, and she said maybe the smaller neck of the mandolin would help. On the recommendation of a local music teacher, when we first received the mandolin, I changed out the strings to a set of GHS ultra-lite, 08-32, and lowered the strings as low as I could get them without getting a buzz, so that they are easier to fret. She has never played music before, so I was totally shocked that within 2 hours after she first picked it up she had learned G, C, & D, chords and was strumming along with me and my guitar. This mandolin sounds so good, whether playing acoustically or plugged in, I too became interested, and have learned to play it. Because of the great sound of this instrument, I'm hooked, and I would recommend it to anyone, amateur or professional.

       
      5.0

      Washburn M3SWE-F

      By MARK WILLIAMSON

      from Sterling MA

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      Fairly stiff action, but beautiful sound, true fretboard up to the highest notes. A very nice instrument for the price.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      5 star mandolin

      By ryan mcinerney

      from The South

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      This is an amazing instrument. As soon as you pick it up you will feel its sturdiness. As soon as you play it you will hear its beauty. When I went to pick it up at my local Guitar Center the guitar tech went into the back, got the box, and unwrapped it with me. The custom Washburn case was strong and sharp looking with great buckles and a sturdy handle. We opened it up to see that the case is lined with green velvet and well padded. It includes a built in box and a velvet pillow that rests between the well lined case and the mandolin. The guitar tech then picked it up and strummed. It was still in tune (and has stayed in tune for at least a month now). We plugged it in and jammed for a bit. As for first impressions, this Mandolin blew my mind. I have had it for about a month and I cant put it down.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

      By SHIRAZ ALIKHAN

      from Jasper, GA

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      I had a Kentucky A-style acoustic mandolin. When I looked at options to install a pick-up, the cost made me consider acoustic-electric alternatives. I began coveting this Washburn when I first saw it. I wanted the F-style and the value was very attractive. It's a beautiful instrument and the playability is terrific. The resonance both acoustically and electrically is generally very nice. The only complaint I have is that I would have appreciated a little more resonance on the higher notes on the E string. Overall, I strongly recommend this instrument.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Dream!

      By Nicholas Elliott

      from Meridian, ID

      Comments about Washburn M3SWE F-Style Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/case:

      In my opinion it is really hard to find a good electric mandolin, there just seems to be a lack of quality. But this one is great, the tone is amazing no matter what amp you use really. It is far more playable than any mandolin I have played. If your in the market for something like this than buy this one!

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