Fender FM-52E Mandolin, Sunburst
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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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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
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If i were looking to be a professional musician I probably would spend more on a professional grade mandolin. If, on the other hand, you are simply looking for something to be a hobbyist with, this is a fine item.
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).
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.