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    Iíve read all the pros and cons on here concerning the mm-50, however I can pick up a mint one including hard case for 250.00. This will be my first mandolin. Thoughts.

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    Without any real information about the mandolin, or your musical background - I will offer this as strictly my general opinion . . .

    An MM-50 with hard case for $250.00 is a pretty good deal. In my early days of playing, I had an MM-50 that I thought was a nice 'starter' instrument. I played it at a few jam sessions and even used it in the studio for a song or two, and had no complaints from the folks I was playing with. If you are not already a musician who knows how to look for an instrument that is in good shape and is well set-up, make sure you bring a knowledge person with you, or have it looked over by someone, before you make the purchase.

    Overall, if it checks out as okay, and you like the feel, sound and playability of it - I would give it a shot.

    . . . and, welcome aboard.
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    You're likely going to get any number of similar opinions about saving some more $$ and waiting for a good used Kentucky or Eastman A model. It will be excellent advice you would do well to heed.

    However, my first mandolin was a mint used MM-50 that after buying a hard case for it cost me only slightly less than $250. I loved it. Probably the easiest to play mandolin I've ever encountered, and that's saying a lot. Low action and no buzzing anywhere. Tone was just decent and volume OK, but I had a Gibson Loar-inspired (in looks folks, calm down) F-style that was fun as hell and didn't cost me a bundle if I didn't like playing.

    I'm sure I got lucky with a good one but you could too. Plan on a setup for best results.

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    Assuming the mandolin is in good playing condition, getting it for $250 sounds good. Even if you didn't like the mandolin, you won't take a loss reselling it. Now, you don't want mandolins like these in brand new, fresh from the factory condition. You want them setup.... At $250, you can spring for a setup, and still come out good or maybe it has already been setup.Even better!
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    Nice chair!

    Nice case, nice condition, nice price. Why not?
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    I have one and I like it. You need to be careful with playing up the neck. Iíve broken a tiny bit of the pickup which I had to stick down. (Iím talking 24 fret up the neck I pressed down too hard.). Nonetheless itís a lovely mandolin. Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Shepard View Post
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    Congrats!

    Wondered just for a moment if it was maybe my old one but then realized the red-lined TKL case I had that looked just like that one was sold with a different mandolin. Those TKL archtop cases cost over $100 new! You got a great deal.

    I will say, in the spirit of the current 'pickgaurd' (sic) thread going around, an MM-50 does look pretty sweet without the finger rest attached.

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    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird IV - Djangly
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    Having just seen the photo, I've got the MM-50e with the pickguard. Nonetheless, I think epiphone mandolins are terrific.
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    Just picked up last night. Previous owner said that it was never setup so I believe that I will have setup and re-strung. Any recommendations on strings.Click image for larger version. 

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    That looks like one of the 'older' MM-50's, probably late 90's-early 2000's? Nice. Strings are pretty much going to be a personal preference - you will have to experiment a bit to find the feel and tone that works best for YOU.

    Enjoy!
    I recently finished a new homemade 4-song EP of original solo acoustic songs; (sorry, no mandolin content this time). If you are interested in a FREE copy, feel free to send me your address via Private Message, and I will be glad to send you one. Trust me, it will be worth the price!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    That looks like one of the 'older' MM-50's, probably late 90's-early 2000's?
    Doubt it. The older Korean MM-50's just said 'Epiphone' (not 'The'), had a Y-shaped inlay instead of the flowerpot, sometimes had Gibson on the TRC, and the inlays on the fretboard were fancy like this:

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    However, I'm no expert so a quick check of the serial number would erase any doubts.

    As for strings, my old MM-50 had no problem with the ubiquitous D'Addario J74's (now EJ-74).

    C.
    Northfield F5S Amber #347 - 'Squeeze'
    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird IV - Djangly
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    Serial number is DW0612029

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Shepard View Post
    Serial number is DW0612029
    Unit 029, built December 2006 at the DaeWon (China) factory.

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    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird IV - Djangly
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Daniels View Post
    Unit 029, built December 2006 at the DaeWon (China) factory.

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    I'm thinking that I got a pretty good deal. I looked up the TKL case online and it alone retails for 159.00. Not a scratch on the case or the mandolin.

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