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