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Savannah SA-100 A-Model Mandolin, Sunburst

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hard Maple Neck
  • Bound Rosewood Fretboard
  • 12th Fret Neck Joint
  • Adjustable Compensated Bridge
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Product Description

Finally, an easily affordable mandolin that looks and sounds great! But, don't be fooled by the price, our A-Model mandolin has good, clean workmanship and a bright sound. It is sure to have great sell-through success at this low price.

Product Information

Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 28 x 13.5 x 4 inches
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Origin Made in USA or Imported
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B003CRIHF8
Item model number SA-100
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,853 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
Date first available at Amazon.com November 6, 2009

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By K. Nguyen on October 30, 2010
I have tried many mandolins in music stores and this one is comparable to the ones costing upto 250$.
I got this from a friend and love it. I did not know much about mandolin until I tried it a month ago (playing guitars for so long) and this little instrument caught my interest.
I learn quite a bit online as to how to setup a mandolin (most of them have to be setup before they can be tuned !! music store charges for this setup and not many of them provides this service).
Here are a few things I did to improve its sound:
1) remove the pick guard, the sound appears to be louder to my ears
2) lower the bridge to get lower string action
3) adjust bridge position to get proper intonation (fret 12 note should be exactly one octave higher than the free string)
4) file the upper part of the bridge, at both end so they become smooth and not sharp.
The sharp edges cut into my hand.
5) add a little piece of leather between the strings and the end pin cover (where the string loops go into) to avoid buzzing. It buzzes due to the string rattles against this metal cover !! The buzzing goes away completely.

Mine does not stay in tune for long (a few days) so I am going to replace the tuning set.
In general, this is a wonderful mandolin for very low price. You need to be a handy man to make little adjustment / fix-up to get it to its best. The ones that cost 200$-300$ is about the same to my feel and I believe they cost more as more man effort has been put in to achieve what I did myself.
I am twice happier with mine now compare to a few weeks ago.

Update: I returned this mandolin to my friend and bought my own. After 9 months of playing mandolins and trying out a dozen of them, I recommend the beginner to get a solid top mandolin (lowest price is between 150$ to 200$ brand new). The solid top give a warm and louder tone, and it gets better with time, than the laminated top [See my Fender 53S review for more details]
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Gave up on my tenor banjo "experiment" and got this Savannah mandolin. It is really a beautifully made instrument with a wonderful shiny tone. Have been playing guitars of all sizes and sorts for 40+ years so I can say with a bit of authority that this little Chinese beauty is very well put together. The fit, finish, bindings and wood are surprisingly high quality for such an inexpensive purchase price and as I said it sounds wonderful. Seems to be set up perfectly, stays in tune without tweeking it and the action is easy on the fingers. Am taking it to a jam session tomorrow. Can't wait to hear it mixed in with the guitar pickers. Perhaps I will outgrow the Savannah one day when my skills improve, but for now, it doesn't sound or look cheap and is very easy to play. Highly recommended.
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There are definitely more expensive mandolins for the seasoned players. But, if you want one that you can learn with, continue to learn with, and play for fun, and think, "Why do I need to upgrade to a more expensive one?", then this is my recommendation. I love the daylights out of this little mandolin! It is worth every penny of what I paid for it!
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I bought this as my first mandolin a few months back. I took it to a local shop where they made some adjustments, such as lowering the nut to improve the action. After this tune up, it plays as easy as any one that I've tested in a music store. It has a bright, clear sound and doesn't buzz when played. The local shop that worked on it told me that it plays as well as a $200-$300 type and called it a 'good mid-range mandolin'. For less than a hundred dollars, this is an amazing deal. I upgraded to a better case than the one it was packaged with and bought one of those skinny leather mandolin straps. Having a shop tune it up is well worth the cost, in my case $25.

The tuners are good, the neck is straight, etc. The only flaw was a tiny crack in the glaze where the neck meets the body. I can overlook this tiny flaw. The color is a pretty reddish gold, fading to black, which is better looking than some other budget mandolins on the market. I had intended to upgrade in a year or so, but don't really feel the need now.

Most importantly, I've bonded with the thing, and can't wait to get home from work so that I can play it.

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Needed minor adjusting, but now plays and sounds great! Very happy with this Savannah mandolin! Thanks again for great customer service as well.
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This is an overall good little mandolin. I really do love this instrument. I have only two complaints: one, the thickest strings buzz terribly, and two, it doesn't hold a tune for long. Other than that, this is a good sounding (and even better looking) mandolin.
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