Stagg M50E Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin

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Stagg M50E Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin

Bluegrass is back so get your mandolins out! Quality electro-acoustic mandolin with volume and tone control supplied in stunning redburst finish. Prod...

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Review of "Stagg M50E Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin"

published 05/02/2011 | JeffFromPoole
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Pro Gorgeous sound, beautiful finish,
Cons Fiddly to re-string, The bridge is hard to re-position if it moves
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"Stagg M50E Mandolin Sweet sounds from Jeff''s study"

I've turned out the cupboard in the back of my sitting room and rediscovered some more instruments in my collections. One of my favourites is the Stagg Electro-Acoustic Mandolin.

The Mandolin is a delightful instrument with a lovely bright, optimistic tone. It has eight strings, arranged in four matching pairs that are tuned, from high to low: E A D G.

From the top: the head of the instrument is a slim tapering wedge with four tuners on each side. These are smaller than on a guitar but basically the same design.

The next thing of note is the nut, which is the block over which the strings run. the fingerboard is a lot narrower than a guitar and the frets are closer together. The fret markers indicate the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 15th and 17th frets. As on a guitar, the 12 fret is the halfway point on the string.
Just after the neck ends there is the electric pickup, with a black scratch plate, the adjustable bridge, the volume and tone controls and the tailpiece. The jack socket is on the lower edge of the instrument.
There are two F holes, through which you can see the maker's label showing the model and serial numbers.
The built quality is nice, there is a quality binding around the body and along the neck. The body is a brown sunburst, the face of the tuning head is a piano finish black. It is also a good finish, four years on and mine does not have any scratches or dings on it. A dust off and a rub with a microfibre cloth brings the finish up beautifully.
As with all my stringed instruments, I like to clean the finger board with lemon oil. It feeds the wood and prevents it from drying out and the acid in it gets all the dead skin and grease off. It smells quite nice too.

the mandolin is a civilised instrument to play at home, it's not too loud until plugged into an amplifier. The amplified sound is excellent, cranked up it still sounds like a mandolin, only louder.

The only downside, in my opinion, is setting it up. I can re-string a guitar and have it back to pitch in less than ten minutes. The Mandolin is a bit more fiddly, like a violin, the bridge is held in place by the strings so if you take all the strings off the bridge falls off too. Re-positioning it takes ages as you have to loosen the strings, move it then retune to check the intonation. So far it has taken several hours but I'm nearly there. My recommendation for re-stringing would be to remove and replace one pair at a time but this means that cleaning the fingerboard is more fiddly.

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  • Luvlylana published 17/02/2011
    Beautiful looking instrument! xxx
  • brereton66 published 07/02/2011
    Preferable to a banjo.
  • mumsymary published 06/02/2011
    Lovely instrument
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Product Information : Stagg M50E Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin

Manufacturer's product description

Bluegrass is back so get your mandolins out! Quality electro-acoustic mandolin with volume and tone control supplied in stunning redburst finish. Product Information: Nato Top, Neck, Back & Sides.  Rosewood Fingerboard.  Black Stained Maple Bridge. Engraved Chrome Tailpiece.  Sound Hole - "FF" Keys. Single Coil Pickup with Volume & Tone Control. Supplied in stunning redburst finish.

Product Details

Long Name: M50E Electro-Acoustic Bluegrass Mandolin

Type: Guitar

Genre: Folk Instrument

Manufacturer: Stagg


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