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Fender FM-52E Mandolin, Sunburst

by Fender
6 customer reviews

List Price: $269.99
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  • Laminated Spruce Top, Laminated Nato back and sides
  • Dual "F" Holes
  • Special Design Single Coil Pickup
  • Compensated Height Adjustable Ebony Bridge
  • Additional Features: Dot Position Inlays, 2-Ply Black Pickguard, 4-Ply Body Binding, Bound Fingerboard, Chrome Tailpiece, "F" Holes
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Product Description

Our FM-52E acoustic/electric mandolin puts cutting volume and chiming tone at your fingertips courtesy of the single-coil pickup and controls. Features include a gloss finish; spruce top; nato back, sides and neck; rosewood fingerboard; and chrome hardware

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 5 x 15 inches ; 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002KZTN6
  • Item model number: 0955205032
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,573 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 19, 2007

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Nguyen on June 28, 2011
The only thing I agree with the first reviewer is the price is a bit too high. Other than that, the one I just bought yesterday (used by the way, still like new) does not have any issue the unlucky person got.
The pickup is there, solid. Both knobs (volume and tone) do what they are supposed to do. The action is low, no fret buzz, sound good plugged to any of my two amps (one is portable, 180watts, the other is a power mixer). No humming either (I tried one at GC and that one hums !!!).
Without plugging in, the sound is just OK for practicing. I also have the Fender 53S (solid top) that sound a lot better, but this one is an acoustic only, costing 300$ brand new.

One thing I learned about buying mandolins: the playability of the mandolin bought from stores is random especially for the low end ones. Most of the time, some adjustment has to be made before it can play well: for example adjust the bridge position to get correct intonation, bridge height so the strings are not too high, but not too low causing fret buzz, tighten screws whererever they are so they do not rattle. So far I have bought two from stores, had to return one, the other one from online and luckily it is well constructed. Also bought 2 used ones (Fender 53S and this Fender 52E), happy with both of them and that all I keep to play at present time.

To avoid all those headaches, buy them used locally, it's cheaper and already has all the adjustment you need (if not, don't buy unless it's a real bargain and you know how to make these adjustments).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By clint hill on November 23, 2012
I just happened upon the review of the mandolin I bought back in 1998. I was looking at the Amazon Black Friday e-mail I had just got and went into the musical instruments category. I saw what looked to be my mandolin and I took it out to check and Yep! It is a Fender FM52E SB.

I saw the tuning keys on the picture that some have complained about and they do look cheap. Mine are all metal knobs and all and no trouble whatsoever tuning it. I am going to call Fender and give them my serial number to investigate the tension rod mystery. I have actually had it at two reputable luthiers over the years and neither said anything about not having a truss rod.

The electronics work just fine plugged into my Fender Acoustasonic Junior or Marshall stack amplifiers. I have played expensive mandolins and did not see that great of playability between this mandolin or the more expensive ones. I am not a mandolin expert either just someone who really likes to own and play anything with strings.

So it sounds like I got lucky and got a good one and am happy about that. From some of these reviews I have read, I would be mad also for those of you that feel you got ripped off. I also read reviews from other sites with most saying they like this mandolin but then there were some who expressed the same disappointment that others here have expressed.

Update 11/27/2012 Update: I called Fender and talked to someone technically adept and found that mine was circa 2000 via the serial number. He said that truss rods were not put in these because the instrument is not high end and no truss rod is traditional if you think about it. Also for those of you with complaints about the plastic tuning keys, they started putting those on instead of the metal ones I have, in 2007. The tech also has one of these and his is older like mine and said he had no trouble which I point out in my review that in 12 years and trips to two luthiers I have not seen or heard of any either.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Race on September 24, 2012
My daughter has a $40 Rogue mandolin that I was thinking about putting a pickup on since where we usually play the guy running the PA almost never remembers to turn up the microphone on stringed instruments. Then, at a pawn shop, I saw a Fender mandolin with what looked like a single coil pickup under the strings. It showed signs of being played a lot, such as fret wear, belt-buckle scratches, pick-guard scratches, etc., but nothing that indicated abuse or would look bad from more than a foot away. The "top" panel of the tailpiece was missing - something I didn't even realize until I got the thing home. But, again, to me that's cosmetic, and hopefully I can buy a replacement for a few $$$.

Reasonable wear-and-tear aside, it had very nice action up and down the neck, and it sounded great without plugging it in. (I haven't tried plugging it in yet, but how bad can it be, compared to not hearing the thing at all, which usually happens when we play "out"?)

The "high" end of the bridge is all the way down, but the low end still has room to adjust, plus I know how to get the high end down if I need to. Intonation was way better than average for a low-line instrument. In fact, the more I played it, the more I was convinced that it was "set up" by someone who knew what he was doing - no low or midline mandolin plays anywere near this well "out of the box."

The instrument also had a plastic triangle on the headstock, which implied that, unlike the Rogue and other low-line mandolins, it must have a tension adjustment rod in the neck. With that feature I felt confident that I could keep it playing well indefinitely.

So I bought it for a fair price, with the idea of just passing the Rogue on instead of trying to add a pickup.
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