Mandolin Cafe News

New Music
Builder News
Special Events
Bill Graham

News Search

NOTE: you are viewing old, archived Mandolin Cafe News articles. Our news has relocated here.

Washburn Announces the M117SW 2-Point Double Cutaway Mandolin

By Washburn Guitars
October 2, 2013 - 7:45 am

Email article Email article  Printer friendly Printer friendly

Washburn Announces the M117SW 2-Point Double Cutaway Mandolin

Washburn Announces the M117SW 2-Point Double Cutaway Mandolin

Buffalo Grove, Ill. — Washburn is pleased to introduce the new M117SW 2-point double cutaway mandolin.

With its distressed look, the M117SW has a broken in and well played feel. Only premium woods like solid flamed maple and solid spruce have been used in crafting this unique and striking instrument.

Lyon & Healy, before incorporating as Washburn, was the first American manufacturer of mandolins until Washburn began making mandolins in 1887.

The new M117SW echos the trends in mandolin styles of the early 20th century. Unlike many 2-point double cutaway mandos, Washburn has chosen to offer f-holes for a more traditional look and tone.

The M117SW features aged hardware including a distressed Allen style tailpiece and ebonite tuner buttons with a hand carved solid spruce top with rope purfling and book matched carved solid flamed maple back and sides.

The flamed maple neck supports a slightly wider (31mm at the nut) ebony fingerboard with wider string spacing for playing ease and comfort.

For players looking to stand out from the crowd, the M117SW is the perfect performance and road ready mandolin. It comes with a matching aged hard-shell case and retails for $1,426.90.

About Washburn Guitars

Washburn Guitars is owned by US Music Corp, located in Buffalo Grove, IL. US Music Corp is an international music company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide under Washburn Guitars, Parker Guitars, Oscar Schmidt, Eden Electronics, Randall Amplifiers, Marshall Amplifiers, Hagstrom, Jay Turser, Warwick, Natal Drums, Framus, Quik Lok, and Profile brand names. US Music Corp is a subsidiary of Jam Industries, Ltd.

Additional information


Post a Comment

You may leave a comment if you have a Mandolin Cafe Forum account. Clicking "Post a Comment" below will take you to the forum where you can complete this action. Please note that once you have, your comment will appear both on this page and on our forum. YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN to your Mandolin Cafe forum account to comment.

» View Full Version of These Comments

Reader Comments

Chip Booth
October 02, 2013 08:38 AM
"Double cutaway"? This is obviously marketed to or by guitar players.
October 02, 2013 09:33 AM
Quote from Chip Booth: "Double cutaway"? This is obviously marketed to or by . . . End Quote

. . . the largest fretted instrument market on the planet. ;)
October 02, 2013 09:40 AM
Very pretty, love the binding.
cayuga red
October 02, 2013 10:52 AM
A great addition to the mandolin world!
October 02, 2013 11:16 AM
Wow...I LOVE this. It's pretty and very unique!
October 02, 2013 11:49 AM
It's interesting that, with their connection to L&H, that their two-point is so different from the asymmetric style that Eastman and others have copied
October 02, 2013 12:14 PM
I like it! It's very tastefully appointed. I'll certainly try one if I get the chance. Nice to see something new and different!
October 02, 2013 12:40 PM
Ug - lee.

[quote]It's interesting that, with their connection to L&H, [/quote]
Current Washburn co. has no connection to L&H other than the name. However, in the '80s, they did use a headstock inspired by L&H mandolins, and did make one model with asymmetrical body points.
Darren Bailey
October 02, 2013 12:42 PM
A very nice looking instrument, but it must sound pretty good to be tagged with a 1.4K price and Washburn on the headstock (ha!).
October 02, 2013 12:46 PM
Nice tailpiece.

October 02, 2013 01:08 PM
Nice - now one with an oval soundhole - that'd be goog
October 02, 2013 01:20 PM
Is that fingerboard extension down on the soundboard, or elevated? I don't see the "usual" modern mandolin neck joinery details on this one, or several of their other models.
Mickey King
October 02, 2013 09:28 PM
I assume made by Morgan Monroe their other mandos?
Ron McMillan
October 03, 2013 01:33 AM
What's missing from the carefully worded piece of press release puffery?

Where it is made. Can't afford to spoil all that faux American heritage with the news that another mandolin with an asking price of nearly $1500 is almost certainly made in China (or wherever).
Michael Bridges
October 03, 2013 05:08 AM
It appears to be a 2-point version of their M-118SW. That's their "Distressed" F model. Same neck, fretboard, and tailpiece. My Morgan Monroe MDM-2 is the same instrument, and I like the feel and sound a lot. This might be cool to play. MSRP may be $1400+, but I'll bet it'll sell for around $700 in the store.
Michael Bridges
October 03, 2013 05:12 AM
Tobin, If it is the same neck as mine (almost positive it is), it has an elevated extension.Quote from Tobin: Is that fingerboard extension down on the soundboard, or elevated? I don't see the "usual" modern mandolin neck joinery details on this one, or several of their other models. End Quote
Ben Milne
October 03, 2013 07:13 AM
Isn't the description "2-point, double cutaway" a bit redundant?
Jeff Hildreth
October 03, 2013 07:25 AM
Illiterate marketing prattle.


"distressed" implies age.. however it has a new age affectation of eliminating useful frets but leaving the fingerboard full length.

Incongruous, near creepy tailpiece.. too bulky for the instrument..

Does it come with worn frets and fingernail dug fingerboard ?

NPA (not particularly attractive)

I owned a 1980's Japanese made Washburn M7 S that I got from Chet Atkins from Jethro Burns estate. It was custom made for Mr Burns. It was similar to this instrument but made with very fine materials and some class. I also owned an M8S from 1979, also Japanese made and a very fine instrument.

This instrument may have style, but lacks class... pass.
October 03, 2013 02:48 PM
Hey Jeff, what were the specs on Jethro's custom M7, how were they different than the stock ones if you remember? Any pics?
Traveling Tracks
October 06, 2013 07:21 AM
I had the "regular" version of this mandolin, the 118 and loved it as a somewhat starter instrument. I had paid around $700 for it and for that price it's worth it. Not sure about this new high msrp....but as another poster said it will sell for a lot less than that.
I highly recommend this Washburn, based on my experience with the 118, for those who are looking to step up to a better instrument from a $300 entry level mandolin.
Also, I ALWAYS got compliments on the look of the instrument. Tone is not like my Weber obviously, but it's a decent mando for the price. And it truly is a wide-nut, I think it's actually a little wider than most other wide nut mandolins. So that would be appreciated by a lot of people looking for the extra space.
October 06, 2013 10:16 AM
Quote from M.Marmot: Nice - now one with an oval soundhole - that'd be goog End Quote

Agreed. How about a standard sunburst finish as well.
October 06, 2013 10:25 AM
Don't like the peghead.

October 06, 2013 09:37 PM
Nice looking Mandolin though the Peg head throws the visual balance off for me. I like the tp and I'm a lover of 2 points. Glad it's not a sunburst. I'd like mine blond without a florida
October 08, 2013 08:18 PM
Nowhere in this article do I see where this is made. Is it made in the good old USA? Did I overlook this?
Michael Bridges
October 09, 2013 05:22 AM
Can't swear to it, but almost assuredly it's a Pac-Rim built instrument.That's not automatically a bad thing any more.Quote from MandoManD: Nowhere in this article do I see where this is made. Is it made in the good old USA? Did I overlook this? End Quote
Weber MandolinsMandolin World HeadquatersThe Mandolin StoreD'Addario StringsJustStrings.comElderly InstrumentsEastman MandolinsMorgan MusicAcoustic Music CompanyThe Music EmporiumCollingsKentucky MandolinsEllis Mandolins