Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin

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Great sound played acoustically or amplified.

The Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a bluegrass showboat with a full-range single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls. You'll never be drowned out by those big dreadnought acoustics again. Mandolin features a spruce top; nato neck, back, and sides; and rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 4-in-line chrome tuners with white plastic tuning knobs. The Fender FM-52E Mandolin has great tone plugged or unplugged.

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FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: Nato
  • Body Style: Flat Mandolin
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Finish: Sunburst
  • Machine Heads: Chrome
  • Markers: Dot
  • Neck Material: Nato
  • Pickguard: Black 2-Ply
  • Pickups: One Single Coil
  • Scale: 13.7"
  • Top Wood: Solid Spruce
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FenderFM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
4.1

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its great

This mandolin is very nice. Its my first I've been playing guitar and bass for 2 years and I wanted to learn something else. I say if youre a beginner and you want a...Read complete review

This mandolin is very nice. Its my first I've been playing guitar and bass for 2 years and I wanted to learn something else. I say if youre a beginner and you want a mandolin this is a good buy. It sounds great playing plugged and great playing dry.

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Great Starter Mandolin

I've had this mandolin for about 7 years now. It has played well and done it's job. I expect it to keep playing for years to come. The problem I have run into...Read complete review

I've had this mandolin for about 7 years now. It has played well and done it's job. I expect it to keep playing for years to come. The problem I have run into is the heal of the neck has started separating from the neck. A little glue and some time in the clamps should fix it. If you're looking to learn the mandolin but don't want to spend a lot of money this instrument is for you.

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4.0

good mandolin to play with

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

It's very solidly built, sounds quite good with D'Addario J62 strings which I put on to replace the original strings which sound bad. Plugged in and the sound is clean (you have to test this out as some I tested at GC does hum when plugged in).
Would have rated 10/10 if it has solid top like the FM-53S (I owned both of these).

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4.0

pretty good mandolin

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I have owned many mandolins, and Fender FM-52E is one of them. I don't know why some reviews complain about the restringing problem. Restringing mandolin is much harder than restringing guitar. There are good technique to help with this job. Before learning this technique, I always need someone else to help when I re-string mandolins, now I can do all by myself.
This Fender 52E is a good one, I put on D'Addario J62 strings on it and it sound really good. When plugged in, it sounds great if your amp has some little effects like reverb or chorus.
I would have given it 10/10 start but only rated 7 due to laminated top, and the lack of the trustrod. Maybe the trustrod is not needed at all as the neck is very straight and durab.e
Why Fender does not make this one with solid top (or put pickup on the FM-53S, I also own this model ) ? Ibanez does have one model with solid top and pickup

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stringing Nightmare

By vegasblue2

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

How is no one pointing out the impossibility of re-stringing the FM-52E? Its maddening. The metal bass does not pop up for easy access to the hooks. Instead Fender designed a metal bass in which you have to fish the strings through while staring down the fretboard trying to 'hook' the strings on. It is the biggest set back on what is otherwise a great starting instrument for mando. Its a major design flaw. Hasn't anyone else experienced this insanity?

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Starter Mandolin

By Matt-pCo38

from Valdosta, GA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I've had this mandolin for about 7 years now. It has played well and done it's job. I expect it to keep playing for years to come. The problem I have run into is the heal of the neck has started separating from the neck. A little glue and some time in the clamps should fix it. If you're looking to learn the mandolin but don't want to spend a lot of money this instrument is for you.

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(45 of 78 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

its great

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This mandolin is very nice. Its my first I've been playing guitar and bass for 2 years and I wanted to learn something else. I say if youre a beginner and you want a mandolin this is a good buy. It sounds great playing plugged and great playing dry.

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(25 of 51 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Instrument

By J Bradley

from Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This is my first mandolin and I am very pleased with this instrument. Obviously this instrument isn't going to sound like a top-of-the-line model but it does sound great either plugged in or through a good microphone. Even though by nature the mandolin is a "quieter" stringed instrument than some, this Fender does leave a little to be desired in the volume department, when not using the single-coil pickup. Overall I love it, and would recommend getting one no matter what your level of play or experience on the mandolin is.

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(6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

decent starter mando

By Trip

from Atlanta

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

This was my 1st mando. It was a gift. It got me started in the right direction, with some decent action and not bad sound. Plugged in it is a little raw since it's a magnetic pickup. Not very mandolin sounding but acceptable. Mine had good build quality for a pacific rim model and stays in tune nicely. The bridge cracked in half within six months but I was already shopping for a Gibson F style within the first 3 months I owned this Fender so I could get more acoustic volume and a thinner neck. The Fender has a wide rounded neck instead of the v-shaped mando necks. I then had it signed by David Grisman at a festival and its been hanging on my living room wall for 2 years. Recently I restrung it as a 4 string electric and have been playing it through a full on processor and amp and get a lot of great guitar like sounds out of it with my band. Very versatile and lots of bang for the buck

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(21 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic Starter Mando

By Bo Carneal

from Springfield, VA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I'm just getting my feet wet with this instrument, and can think of only one minor complaint, where do you put the strap if you don't like it on the headstock behind the nut? I have been at the guitar for 20+ years and I am really enjoying the diversity of this "new" sound. This instrument has a well rounded sound, plugged or unplugged, is well built, stays in tune, and the price is unbeatable, I highly recommend this one for beginners.

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(20 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great instrument

By I-v7GZ4

from Eastern Iowa

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

As a guitarist who wanted to try something new, this has been nothing short of fabulous for me. Not only is the FM-52 a great value, it's easy to play and make adjustments on. It's a beginner's tool, but a nice one.

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(28 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not a bad twang for the buck.

By Neil Kraft

from Northwest Ohio, USA

Comments about Fender FM-52E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I just can not imagine getting anymore acoustic/electric mandolin for the amount of money you are paying for this instrument. It is not by any means an F style Gibson, but who would expect to get an electric mandolin at that price anyway? I needed a mandolin that I could take out to church, jam sessions at the barn, and cook outs at the park, and not worry about fat uncle Fred sitting on it after he's had too many beers. This mandolin plays really well. I can get low action with no string buzz. The pickup hums a little (if that bothers you put in a stacked humbucker) and the bridge is top notch. Plugged in, this mandolin has acceptable tone and volume. Unplugged, it is another story (due to the laminated top). If Fender didn't get a home run with this one at least the bases are loaded. When Ricky Scaggs calls me up to jam, sure, I'll take out a second mortgage and go buy that nice F style with the inlays and stuff, but for now I'm happy with this economical low impact A style. Another thing, I put a strap button on the heel of the neck...I hate wrapping the strap around the headstock. This mandolin just made it into the four star rating only because of the price.

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