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Tacoma: M-3E

Submitted by schlange on 12/23/2010

Where Purchased: eBay

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)


It doesn't quite have the traditional mando sound, since it's built more like a guitar (flat top, not carved, etc). More sustain than a traditional mandolin.

Sound Rating: 8


Very easy to play--Tacomas have a bolt-on neck system that makes adjustments easy.

Setup Rating: 9


Yeah, looks great. Beautiful curly maple back, sides, and neck. And it smells great!

Appearance Rating: 9


The finish on it started to separate from the body in a few places. I don't know if this is Tacoma's fault, or if it has something to do with how I stored it. Everything else on it seems great, though.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I sent them one email and never heard anything back.

Customer Service: 6


Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Nice non-traditional mandolins for the price.

Overall Rating: 8

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