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Stagg M50E Electro-acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin with Nato Top

by Stagg
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
RRP: 119.99
Price: 75.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Top: nato - back & sides: nato - neck: nato
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Bridge: black-stained maple, adjustable
  • Tailpiece: engraved, nickel - machine heads:
  • Open gear, nickel
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Stagg M50E Electro-acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin with Nato Top + Stagg MA10BAG Basic Bag for Mandoline - Black/Grey + Mandolin Chord Finder
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Item model numberM50E
Number of Strings8
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 510 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
Date First Available16 Sep 2008
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Manufacturer's Description

Extremely popular in a wide range of musical styles, the Stagg Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin has great playability with an impressive sound to match, produced from a Nato body, complimented by a single coil pickup. Finished in a beautiful redburst, the Stagg M50-E is also fitted with an engraved nickel tailpiece,

Product Description

Electro-acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin w/ Nato top - Top: Nato - Back & Sides: Nato - Neck: Nato - Fingerboard: Rosewood - Bridge: Black-stained Maple, adjustable - Tailpiece: Engraved, nickel - Machine Heads: Open gear, nickel - Sound Hole: FF keys - Electronics: 1x Single coil P.U + 1x Volume & 1 Tone - Colour: Redburst.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good starter mando for not much cash 10 Mar 2012
By Don Panik TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Well, forgive the playing - I have only played the mandolin for about an hour and a half in total - so this is me playing the 3 chords that I know: G D and A! But I thought it might be useful for potential buyers to see the M50E Electro Mandolin in action. This is played acoustically (not plugged in) - and is just captured on my camera - so the sound quality is not that great either. I have played it through an amp and I am impressed - with a bit of chorus and reverb it really rings out.

My overall non expert (obviously!) opinion is that this is a great starter mandolin. The strings do take a while to settle down - but this is the original set as supplied and they do more or less stay in tune after about an hour or so playing in. However as supplied, the movable bridge on mine was slightly in the wrong place so the tuning goes out as you play up the neck. The tuning is therefore a compromise between the true note at open string and what it will sound like as you play chords. The action is slightly high as well (even when dropped to the lowest setting) which doesn't help with the tuning issue. Both issues fixable with a bit of patience on my part.

For the price I paid from amazon warehouse I think this is OK (as long as you don't have perfect pitch - in which case it will annoy you a bit). Now just need to spend some time learning to play it!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stagg M50E Mandolin 9 Dec 2010
Ignoring the hysterical rantings of one reviewer and taking the balanced advice of another, I bought this mandolin. Yes, the strings fitted to the instrument are soft and don't hold tune well. Replace them with a set of good quality strings and you'll have no further problems. Am I happy with this instrument? Oh, yes. It is, after all, a budget mandolin, but the tone is excellent (In fact a friend, with a mandolin costing four times as much offered to do a swap!). The instrument, particularly the neck, is straight and true and the adjustable action is spot on. The machine heads work smoothly and, although I haven't yet played it as often electronically as acoustically, the amplified sound is just as good as the acoustic. This is a fine mandolin for the money.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compare the market! 13 Sep 2010
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
This instrument seems to be going up in price rather swiftly as outlets run out of stock. As another reviewer has noted, it does take a couple of tunings before it begins to hold its tune better, but this is a small price to pay. It seems to be the same item also variously available on Amazon as Rocket by Stagg Electro Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin in Redburst and Stagg M50E Electro Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin Redburst so you may wish to compare prices before deciding which one to buy.

It plays well, looks great and fits beautifully into Stagg GCA-M Shaped Mandolin Case in case you want to order both together. I ordered them from RST Music Services, and they delivered them as a single package, with the mandolin already inside the case.

If you want to hear great Scottish Mandolin playing, try Highland Mandolin by Dagger Brown. His tutor book is also excellent, but doesn't seem to be stocked by Amazon at present.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 22 Mar 2010
Let me start by saying that I am not an expert on Mandolin nor Mandolin playing - I just fancied having a go. The Stagg M50E was cheap enough for me to give it a go and I have to say that it sounds just fine to my novice ear. It was easy to tune (with a cheap electronic tuner) and it keeps in tune pretty well. There is plenty of help on-line to get you started, I suggest you look for some two-finger chords and tunes to get going. I find it's just great fun - not sure the missis agrees!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M50E Electro Mandolin 6 Feb 2012
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This review is what could best be described as an early initial impression of the instrument as it only arrived less than an hour ago at the time of writing. Obviously, straight from the box it was somewhat out of tune and I was expecting some fun getting it stably tuned. Much to my surprise, I had it in tune within about 5 minutes of unpacking using the original strings and so far it has held the tuning well, indeed better than some more expensive guitars I have owned over the years. This is even more remarkable as it has come from a cold delivery van and spent the last hour in a warm bedroom/office. The sound quality is delightful in acoustic mode and an initial trial using the 3m (10ft) mono phono to phono lead thoughtfully included suggests that it sounds reasonable in electronic mode as far as I could gather using the sound card on my computer and a home hifi amplifier.

As to looks and manufacturing quality it looks fantastic and appears to be well built. The bridge is wooden with two adjustable screw fittings which will allow adjustment of the hight of the strings - as supplied there is a gap of about 2mm available to lower the sting height if needed although I haven't checked how much higher it can go as yet. As this is my first mandolin, I am uncertain as to the best setting for this although my gut feeling is that the setting as supplied is a little on the high side and I expect to have to lower the bridge sometime in the near future to get the strings nearer to the fretboard. A quick visual check suggests that there will be no problems with buzzing if I do this - the neck of the instrument is true and well attached. The tuning heads look quite robust as well.

Overall, for what can only be described as a "budget" instrument from the price, I feel that I have acquired not only a beautiful and well made mandolin but had a decided bargin as well. So far - Highly Recommended.

Swansea, S. Wales
06/02/2012 20:00hrs
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great budget Mandolin
Fantastic Mandolin but you will need to change the strings if you purchase as the sound is greatly improved with some nice strings :)
Published 14 days ago by Miss Sara Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stagg M50E Mandolin
I have just purchased this product. Having read previous reviews I was prepared to have to adjust the bridge to make it playable, but I found the bridge was perfect and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ray Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars happy customer
Bought this for my brother who is music obsessed. It was a good price, great quality and came within the estimated delivery date. He loves it. Overall a happy customer.
Published 1 month ago by Alanna M
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little instrument
Ideal for the beginner like me. Sounds lovely (just had to replace one buzzy string). It looks pretty as well :-)
Published 2 months ago by Kyle Gorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Stag m50e electro acoustic mandoline
I have had my mandolin now for a week it came on time and after i tuned it with http://www.amazon.co. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. barrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
This instrument has a great acoustic sound. After a good set up and a few tunings it is fine and extremely good value for money.
Published 3 months ago by Smallford
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this is a well made Bluegrass Mandolin with Nato Top and a pleasure to play it arrived on time and in perfect nick
Published 4 months ago by allan shone
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, very pleased with it.
I think most of the reviews on this little baby are about right. It's a good starter instrument and excellent value for money. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D, London
4.0 out of 5 stars Not very expensive - needed setting up though
We took it to the local music shop and had it set up for about 50. There was a buzz from a loose pick-up inside the body. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kathryn read
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Bang for your Buck
Good value for money: cheap and cheerful. Not the best build quality and the intonation is slightly out, but it's only 75 and it's a perfect instrument if you're a first time... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Ewins
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