Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin  

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Lets you adjust the output level of each string pair.

Many products claim to be revolutionary but, more often than not, that claim falls short of expectations. This isn't the case with the Epiphone MM-50E professional mandolin.

The construction fundamentals for the MM-50E's rich, natural acoustic sound are ensured with a solid spruce top and gorgeous flamed maple back and sides. A rosewood fingerboard is fitted with dot inlays.

The MM-50E professional is the first mandolin that allows you to adjust the output level of each individual string pair, solving the inherent mandolin problem of unbalanced string pair volume.

The Epiphone MM-50E mandolin starts with the "Quad" NanoMAG pickup. Designed in cooperation with Shadow Germany—who have been making acoustic pickups for over 30 years—the NanoMAG is a unique, low-impedance humbucking pickup equipped with Samarium cobalt magnets that capture true acoustic tone and a wide range of harmonics. Under each string pair is a separate coil that picks up only the sound of that string pair with crosstalk separation of >85dB. Each of the mandolin's 4 output levels is controlled by 4 trimpots, which are discretely accessible from the top of the pickguard via a mini flathead screwdriver. Once set to your desired levels, you would typically never need to adjust the levels again.

Rather than loading down the mandolin with electronics and adversely affecting its natural acoustic tone, the Shadow system puts all the electronics inside the pickguard. This allows the Epiphone mandolin to respond and sound just like an acoustic mando should. On the pickguard are master volume, treble, and bass rotary controls, as well as an easy-access battery compartment using a lightweight, long lasting 2032 watch-style lithium battery. Even the pickup is mounted on the pickguard.

For added versatility—and to allow you to position it in the optimum location for your picking style—the NanoMag can slide back toward the bridge for a brighter tone, or forward toward the neck for a warmer tone.

For a great vintage look as well as enhanced tonal characteristics, the Epiphone MM-50E Professional mandolin features a very thin, hand-rubbed polyoil finish. Not satin, this 50% sheen finish looks and feels great, while allowing the wood to vibrate more freely.

With a history of making mandolins going back over 100 years, Epiphone knows how to make a great sounding mandolin. mandolin features classic "F" style specifications including a carved, solid Spruce top with traditional flamed maple back, sides, and neck. Multi-binding on the body and headstock, a classic mother-of-pearl "Flower Pot" headstock inlay, nickel hardware, vintage machine heads with pearloid buttons, and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge pay tribute to Lloyd Loar's original "F" style design.


  • Top material: solid sitka spruce
  • Body material: flamed maple
  • Neck: flamed maple
  • Neck shape: "C" profile
  • Neck joint: hand-fitted, glued-in
  • Scale length: 14"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood with dot inlays
  • Pickup: position adjustable Quad NanoMAG
  • Controls: master volume, treble, bass, four individual string pair output levels
  • Power: #2032 Lithium battery
  • Frets: 23
  • Bridge: floating, adjustable rosewood
  • Nut width: 1.06"
  • Hardware: vintage in-line nickel machine heads

Revolutionize your sound with the MM-50E today.

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Loving it

By Man of La la la

from rochester ny

About Me Professional Musician

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  • Good Tone


  • Not loud acoustically

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone MM-50E Professional Electric Mandolin:

I've been playing mandolin since 1970. I've pretty much had them all. Well, not a 23'Loar but, I've played em'.--I found out about the Shadow NanoMAG mandolin pickup a while back and almost bought one for my Michael Kelly Drangonfly which is a decent inexpensive stage mandolin. The pickup that I currently use on it isn't bad at all. Used through my Radial 'tonebone pre-z', it's 'great'. But, I loved the idea of having a 'moveable'[ and removeable] pickup with volume , tone and bass right on the pickguard. - I know the Epiphone 'brand' is bassically another Chinese mandolin much like Eastwood etc. and the Epi is not made from all solid woods throughout. But,the soundboard is.[ and I've found many Chinese mando's to be just fine and a great value.. I know the idea of not putting a heavy finish on an acoutic stringed instrument just makes good sence. The 'aged' look is intentional. And it's 'natural' appeaence is really just a matter of taste. The MM50E's look appeals to me.. With this 'top of the line' pickup actually included it seems a no -brainer. . It arrived fast and needed little set-up. It was even pretty close to being in tune as well. But, like most new instrumetns, it neeeded some fret work. The fret ends were not well done [ that took about ten minute to correct. I placed the bridge in the correct postion and'done. --Bottom line, It sounds excellent to me ,maybe not all that loud acoutically, but I bought it to play though an amp and PA so that is not an issue. The tone truly is quite decent. It's made well enough, especilly in this price range. It won't fall apart , looks great. It does the job . I'm really happy with it and I'd recommend it to anyone from a beginner to a pro who is not concerned with just saying that they own some overpriced 'boutique' instrument.

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