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Epiphone: MM 50 E

Submitted by Chappy0168 on 7/22/2015

Where Purchased: Music Submarine

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 325. ($US) (bought USED)


Unplugged the Mqandolin has a bright sound.
Plugged into an amp this thing screams. It will be heard in a crowd.
The pick up is a major plus it will let you be heard.

Sound Rating: 10


The mandolin came set very well.

Setup Rating: 10


The blonde natural finish makes it stand out but not flashy. No glossy finish so its not one to sit around and afraid to get scratched up.

Appearance Rating: 8


The tuners are sticky and feel a little cheap. Tailpiece is whats standard today.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

They shipped quick set up pretty good.

Customer Service: 7


The fit and finish is not top quality. Secaond rate at best but sounds great and plays easy.

Components Rating: 4

Overall Comments

I didn't buy it for a top quality instrument, I wanted something to travel with that had good sound.Fit and finish is not as nice as a high dollar mando but I've seen ones for more money with not as good a sound from them.

Overall Rating: 7

The Loar: LM-590MS

Submitted by Chappy0168 on 8/18/2014

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 350.00 ($US)


It has a wonderful clear sound. Very bright on the High side but not to low on the low end.

Sound Rating: 10


It did not come set up. I adjusted the inotation and action to my liking.

Setup Rating: 5


This model was developed with the minimalist in mind. The only inlay is the Loar name on the head stock and dots on the fret board. The satin finish stays with the subtle apperance. The subdued finish helps grain of the wood to stand out.

Appearance Rating: 10


The Grover tuners appear to of good quality and in working order. Have not noticed any slipping or binding.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have not dealt with the companies warranty. So I can not give a rating on the service.

Customer Service: 5


THe tail bridge may be a little lite. I may look into replacing that in the future but it is of good quality.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

The LM-590 has a great sound and I am very pleased with the purchase. If you are looking for a nice mandolin with not alot of flash I would recommend this one for sure. 

Overall Rating: 10

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