Epiphone MM-50E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin w/ Flamed Maple & Shadow Electronics
Availability: In Stock
Condition: Seller Refurbished
This Epiphone MM-50E Professional mandolin celebrates Gibson's heritage that began with Orville Gibson crafting fine acoustic guitars and mandolins in the late 1800s. This instrument is equipped with a gorgeous traditional-style scroll and a matching headstock adorned with a period-appropriate logo and inlay. A straight-grained solid spruce top sits atop the maple body. As you can see in the photographs, the back is stunningly flamed bookmatched maple with multi-ply binding. Keeping with traditional practices, the set neck is also constructed from maple. This particular model is based on Lloyd Loar's (an early Gibson employee/luthier) 1922 F-5 mandolin.
Loyd Loar ranks among the preeminent craftsman of acoustic instruments, and this reborn version of Loar's famous 1922 F-5 mandolin. Loar's fingerprints are all over bluegrass thanks to his acoustic innovations, especially with regard to the mandolin. Don't be fooled by the price - this is a serious mandolin for serious pickin'!
The MM-50E features the classic F-style shape including a carved, solid spruce top with a traditional flame maple back and sides, and a SlimTaper™ “C” profile hand set maple neck. The MM-50E is finished in beautiful Vintage Natural (VN) using a hand-rubbed poly-oil finish that is “50% sheet, which not only makes for a striking look but is also thin enough to allow the spruce top to resonate and show off the tonewood’s subtle characteristics. The maple neck includes a rosewood fretboard with classic dot inlays along with a pearloid "Flower Pot" inlay on the headstock that pays tribute to Lloyd Loar's original "F" style design.
The MM-50E’s unique Shadow electronics system puts all the electronics inside the pickguard, allowing you complete control of your electric tone without adversely affecting the F-style mandolin’s acoustic tone. The MM-50E’s ground breaking electronics feature Shadow Germany’s “Quad” NanoMag™ pickup, a unique low impedance humbucker pickup designed in collaboration with Epiphone luthiers. The pickup is equipped with samarium-cobalt magnets that capture true acoustic tone with a wide range of harmonics. Under each string pair is a separate "coil" that only picks up the sound of that string pair, with crosstalk separation of >85dB! Each of the 4 output levels is controlled by 4 trimpots discretely accessible from the top of the pickguard via a mini flathead screwdriver. Once set to your desired levels, typically you would never need to adjust the levels again. This allows the mandolin to respond and sound just like an acoustic mandolin should. The pickguard features separate rotary master volume, treble, and bass controls as well as an easy-access battery compartment for the light-weight, long lasting 2032 watch-style lithium battery.
This mandolin has no player's wear and is free of any scratches. It needed no refurbishing at all. It has been discounted because of one small ding on the headstock which can be seen in the final closeup. (Please remember, my camera was 3 inches away...It's invisible from 3 feet away)
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This instrument was inspected and tested at our supplier, in the USA. Final checking, polishing and setup are performed here, in our shop. Epiphone requires our supplier to mark “used” on the back of the headstock and assign it a new serial number. It's a big internet, and we know you have many choices. As such, we are thankful for the thousands of musicians that have chosen us, and hope to be able to add you to our family.
Epiphone MM-50E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin Specifications:
Body: Flame Maple
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Scale Length: 14"
Nut Width: 1-1/16"
Binding: Back, Neck & Headstock
Finish: Satin Natural
Tuners: Vintage In-Line
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Pickup: Quad NanoMag
Controls: Master Volume, Treble, Bass & 4 Adjustable Trimpots
Manufacturer Part Number: EF50VSNH1