Re: MORGAN MONROE MMS-4FE F-style acoustic electric MANDOLIN
Hi and welcome!
My personal opinion (and it's worth what you've paid for it) is that the acoustic-electric mandolin is a highly specialized tool that makes for a poor first choice most of the time. If this isn't your first mandolin (but rather your first F-style), know that F mandolins are inherently more expensive to produce. This generally translates to a mediocre mandolin equipped with relatively pedestrian electronics in a saleable package. Much better to spend your resources on the best acoustic you can buy (including a good set up) then adding quality electronics afterward. I don't mean to discourage acoustic-electrics, indeed I make my living with them, but they are special tools for special purposes and most players will depend more on the acoustic attributes most of the time. Adding dedicated, internal electronics to an acoustic model mandolin takes up much of the room inside the sound chamber. The result is reduced acoustic performance which is traded for electronic superiority under certain circumstances.
If you are after an acoustic-electric for its special role in music (convenience, loud amplified play without feedback, etc.) then I would recommend a different group of instruments including the Godin A-8 and Ovation MM-68.
Last edited by Tim2723; Apr-13-2012 at 8:43am.
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