Epiphone MM-50E Professional - Vintage Natural

Acoustic-electric Mandolin with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Flame Maple Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Onboard Pickup System - Vintage Natural
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A Stage-ready Beauty of a Mandolin!

If you want the classic look, feel, and sound of a vintage "F"-style mandolin but also want your mando to sound amazing on any live stage, then you're in luck. Epiphone's fantastic MM-50E Professional puts it all in your hands! This acoustic-electric mandolin gives you all the hallmarks you'd expect from a Lloyd Loar-inspired instrument, from its solid spruce top to its flame maple body to its elegantly understated appointments. The MM-50E Professional is an incredible-sounding acoustic instrument, but if you plug it in, you'll instantly find your onstage companion. An adjustable pickup system lets you dial in the perfect balance between string pairs so that you can sound your best!

Since the MM-50E Professional's electronics are mounted in the pickguard, you won't lose any of this beautiful instrument's acoustic potential. It's perfect for both unplugged performances and the biggest stages! Epiphone equipped this mando with the Quad NanoMag pickup system, which captures the true tone of the instrument. Beneath each string pair is an individual "coil" that can easily be adjusted via its own trim pot on the pickguard. Once you've dialed in the string balance you want, you're all set!

Epiphone MM-50E Professional Acoustic-electric Mandolin Features:
  • Color: Vintage Natural
  • Top: Soild Sitka spruce
  • Body material: Flame maple
  • Neck material: Flame maple
  • Neck shape: "C" profile
  • Neck joint: Hand fitted, Glued in
  • Scale length: 14"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with "Dot" inlays
  • Pickup: Quad NanoMag, adustable position
  • Controls: Master volume, treble, bass, four individual string-pair output levels, trim pots
  • Frets: 23
  • Bridge: Rosewood, floating adjustable
  • Nut width: 1.06"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine heads: Vintage in-line mandolin
Epiphone's MM-50E Professional gives you fantastic mandolin sound and performance - unplugged or on the big stage!

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Tech Specs

Type Acoustic-electric
Body Shape F Style
Color Vintage Natural
Body Material Flamed Maple
Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce
Neck Material Flamed Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.06"
Scale Length 14"
Hardware NIckel
Electronics Quad NanoMag Adjustable Pickup
Strings (.011-.041)
Manufacturer Part Number EF5EVNNH1

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 12 reviews
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4.5/5

Excellent mandolin for the price!

I really love my new mandolin -- why did I give it only 4.5 stars instead of 5? Because as others have pointed out, the "fit and finish" is less than perfect. And because despite the setup procedure that Sweetwater claims to do on this instrument (it's listed right on the description page for this mandolin) the bridge was out of place so the octaves were out of tune (how could someone setting it up miss that simple point?) With that said, it took me very little time to adjust the bridge location and was playing very soon after getting it out of the box. I had read reviews, which had been mixed about this mandolin, and was a bit leery of the built-in pickup, but when I play it through a tube amp, it sounds just like I was standing in front of a microphone and not at all the "electric mandolin" sound that others had claimed. I would definitely recommend this mandolin as a first mandolin for anybody to play -- the action is great, the bridge is adjustable for height as well as for location and the tone is very nice. I don't have another mandolin to compare it to, but it's a sweet tone that my violinist wife really likes and my pro-trumpet-player son and my pianist daughter both like also.
Music background: Pro musician, private music teacher, instrument repair technician, band director
4.5/5

The MM - 50 E

After the many reviews I'd read of this mandolin I was a bit confused. Most people had problems with it,but after some adjustments some really liked it Janet Davis sent the one back that they ordered for me saying iy was junk.I prayed hard that the one I ordered from you might be the exception,and it was. It looked nice, played well,and to me and others it sounded great !! My only complaint was if you don,t take the batteries out of if when you're not using it,theygo dead.At seven bucks a pack that could get expensive.I'll try putting some wax paper between the batteries when they're not in use.I can live with that. All in all i'm very happy with the Epiphone.
Music background: I just play with friends for the fun of it.
4.5/5

One out of the Box

Had this for a couple of weeks now, out of the box was a long way from perfect, just about sent it back. Set up with new strings, the buzz removed from the raised 8th fret and the intonation adjusted (out a half step) It is fantastic, the plugged in sound is first rate and better than any amplified mandolin I've played or heard. My only criticism is the poor set up from either Sweetwater or Epiphone C'mon fellas you can do better than that, There is no comparison between the MM50 and the MM50 E, they should have renamed it
Music background: performer/song writer
4/5

The Shadow Pickup Makes the Difference!

I am revising my previous review upward to add this important information.What makes this mandolin stand out is the Shadow pickup under the pickguard. Even though the neck is thinner than I would like, the Epiphone MM50e sounds GREAT when amplified for live performance and GREAT when recording. With treble and bass controls along with a volume control, the tone can be adjusted to sound its best. This is a great advantage, especially for those performing live and anybody wanting to record.
Music background: hobbyist, worship leader
4/5

Epiphone MM-50E professional Mandolin

By David Fralix from Culleoka, Tn. December 15,2013 Excellent mandolin for the price After tuning the mandolin the sound was good I should have gotten a adjustment tool for the coils and a tool to take off the string cover behind bridge. I'm pleased with the mandolin, Thanks to Sweetwater,
Music background: Gospel
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