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Product Description


About this Artist MD200EQ Red Sunburst Mandolin

This is the classic Tear Drop Shaped Mandolin with F-holes and our most popular model. Made with Laminated Sapele for its body and Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, this definitely is an affordable mandolin without any compromise to its tone. It features geared machine heads for accurate and spot-on tuning. The MD200EQ comes with a built in pickup allowing you to plug the mandolin into an amplifier or speakers for added volume. You would pay upwards of $499 for a deal like this in a retail store.


  • Preamp
  • Teardrop Shape
  • The Body is constructed from Laminated Sapele
  • Solid Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Geared Machine heads
  • Includes either a free Hard Case

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: MD200EQ

Body: Tear drop shape

Woods: Laminated Sapele

Neck: Wood - Okoumen, 13.7"" Scale Length, 22-24.5mm Thickness

Fretboard: Rosewood, 28mm ABS Plastic Nut

Frets: 20 frets, 1mm 0.6 White Copper Fretwires

Bridge: Solid Rosewood with ABS Plastic Saddle

Machine Heads: Geared Machine heads


  • Body and Fretboard - White Binding
  • Front - 3 line White Binding

Colour: Red Sunburst

Included Case: Hard Case


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Reviews (17)

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little beauty

By: on 24 March 2022
Once again Artist guitars have done it... I wanted a mandolin for years...but the entry level ones were garbage..and the good ones too much money for the use i would give it. So Artist had this little beauty... I wish you would stop calling some of your products "entry level" because many of them are way above it... with a hard case and a well made product... it's great. A small amount of noise from the pickup was eliminated by a digital foot pedal... great and thanks again. (this is number 5....

Artist Guitars Response
We are really glad to hear that you are satisfied with the Mando. Again, thank you for your continued support with us and we really appreciate the review.


By: on 8 March 2022
Great Sounding for the price & nice action!

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the review! Cheers!

Great instrument

By: on 2 February 2022
I bought this mandolin and it arrived earlier than expected and well packaged etc. Great instrument. Really high build quality and plays beautifully. Highly recommended !

Artist Guitars Response
We really appreciate the time you have taken to leave a review. Thank you.

Great quality for mandolin for a great price!

By: on 15 October 2021
I've never owned a mandolin before but this one seems great! I haven't noticed any significant issues with my mandolin and I'm having a lot of fun learning with it and playing different things! I guess the only negative I've found is that the pickup is quite noisy, but that's kind of to be expected for a single coil. But yeah definitely a great instrument for the price, especially considering the case and delivery (which was fantastic - somehow came in like a day and a half‽) are included.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you very much for your feedback. This means a lot to us. We are happy that you're enjoying the mandolin. We're always here for you so please feel free to reach out. Cheers!

Very impressive for the price

By: on 5 October 2021
I'm not a mando player but do play a few other stringed instruments. I wanted to try an entry level mando and see how I took to it. Having said that there are some unplayable entry units which only serve to hamper the learning experience so I did my research. This little beauty was a complete surprise. Coming with an excellent hard case, pickup, free freight and great reviews it came out the winner. And so did I! My little red rocker stays in tune and sounds quite good indeed. I've played it with a ukulele group and love how much it lifts the sound. Well done you guys!

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are glad that you are happy with the mandolin. Cheers!

Great value

By: on 30 August 2021
Got my Mandolin in a timely manner and it rocks, in a folksy kind of way! Great instrument, sounds fine, and plays easy.

Artist Guitars Response
I am so glad to hear that you are happy with your purchase. Thank you so much for the support!

Artist MD200EQ+C Mandolin with Pickup and Hard Cas

By: on 2 July 2021
FANTASTIC! Instruments are great, service is fantastic, Delivery fast, Will defiantly order from Artists Guitars in the future.

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks a lot for your feedback on the product and our company. This means a lot to us. Cheers!

Very good value for money

By: on 26 May 2021
I bought this mandolin to see if I could recommend it to students as a learning instrument. It's exceptional value for money and a student has already bought one and is very happy with it. The finish is of a very good standard. One telling aspect of inexpensive instruments - sharp unfinished fret edges - is not apparent here - all very smooth and well done. The general sound is a little thin but perfectly acceptable. I like the sound of the pick up and will use the mandolin for gigs from time to time. The pickup has a zizz which cuts out when you touch the output jack which suggests a grounding problem. The action is a little high and I found I didn't have enough adjustment in the bridge to make enough of a difference. It's also quite high at the nut which because of the distance down to the fingerboard causes the mandolin to play out of tune. This will go away when I have it set up properly. I expect I will pay more than the price of the mandolin to have these minor issues corrected - they are not enough to send the instrument back and for the price well within acceptable limits and I would expect to have to do that with any new instrument expensive or not. In short a very good value for money instrument.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this detailed review and will be helpful for future customers. We really appreciate the support!

Amplification doesn’t work on mine.

By: on 17 March 2021
Nice product. Easy to tune and plays well. Couldn’t get the amplification to work.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you very much for your feedback with the mandolin. We appreciate it. I'm sorry about your amplification problem. We have sent you an email to help you further on this. Cheers!

Red sunburst mandolin

By: on 16 February 2021
I'm really pleased with the mandolin, very well made and perfectly finished and it looks great. It has a very pleasing tone when played acoustically or through my NUX Stageman acoustic amp. It blends well when playing with the band. The case that came with it is also excellent. I highly recommend getting one of these, it is a great product at a very reasonable price.

Artist Guitars Response
We appreciate your time in leaving a review. This will definitely help other customers. Cheers!


By: on 17 January 2021
Typical of better value Chinese products, strings however were Not the best, but still good value, Muso friend of mine suggested "Softer strings,''?? (Whatever that means). Very pleased with the Mandolin. -Thanks Guys.

Nice Mando

By: on 12 December 2020
I was in the market for a few Mandolins for my students and found a few cheap ones at a local shop and purchased them for work. While buying some hard cases for them from Artist Guitars I tried a few of their instruments in the shop at St Peters. What great instruments. So I bought myself an Artist Guitars Mandolin. Not only is it significantly better than the other cost-effective brands I had tried and purchased, but better than a number of “brand-name” models I have tried at twice the price. Thanks Artist guitars. You have won over a regular customer.

Great Instrument

By: on 18 January 2019
Once again, Artist Guitars were very prompt with delivery. I don't live in the metro area but my Mandolin arrived in under 48 hours. The instrument itself is better than the picture shows and is fantastic value for money. Quality and sound is very good.


By: on 1 December 2016
Great buy! Tuned it up plays perfectly! Ordered on Sunday got it today. Couldn't be happier. Great job artist guitars service and quality just great again

Value for money AGAIN

By: on 4 September 2015
Artist Guitars continue to kick goals with every product I have bought - and there are numerous ones to date. This mandolin is no exception. Once tuned this plays really well and I expect will sound sweeter with age. The pickup is clear and the case is excellent. Well done again! PS Ditto to Alan's review...

Another good-value AG package

By: on 3 January 2015
I freely admit I’m no mandolin expert – quite the contrary. But, as a reasonably experienced rhythm/bass guitarist, a mando was simply on my New Year resolutions list under the heading “Learn a new instrument”. I’ve dealt with Artist Guitars on numerous occasions before, so I figured they’d be a good source for a not-too-rubbish instrument at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. In short, this is a good deal, at least for a mandolin beginner like myself. I find it a little ironic that my $2.5K Ovation guitar came with neither a case nor even a lead included, yet this Artist instrument has both – go figure. Anyway, the unit arrived promptly (as is usual with deliveries from AG), and very well protected and packaged, with everything as advertised – case, mando, lead. Let’s start with the case – I’d rate it as better than average quality, and of quite robust construction. There are three external latches, one of which is lockable (key supplied), and my only (minor) complaint is that there’s precious little space internally to store anything other than the mando itself. By the time you cram in a tuner and a strap, getting even your amp lead in is problematic. The instrument itself – and I guess I’m approaching this from a guitarist’s perspective – is surprisingly acceptable. My limited research suggests that it’s an “A”-type shape (teardrop) as opposed to the more ornate “F”-type (scroll) instruments. Of course, at this price, you’re not getting exotic woods from the depths of the Amazon rainforest but, hey, maybe that will be my next mando, when and if I ever master this one. I believe this unit will keep me happy for quite some time to come. The action, right out of the box, was reasonable; I decided to drop it slightly (a five-minute task), but it was quite playable as delivered. Intonation at the 12th fret was sharp – again, not badly so, but a fusspot like myself saw the necessity to get it right. Not quite as simple as setting the intonation on a guitar, I found (given that the bridge is, essentially, a floating wooden block), and I confess to spending a couple of hours of trial and error before I was happy (slacken the strings, move the bridge a millimetre, tighten the strings, check the intonation, slacken the strings, move the bridge again, repeat until ….. well, you get the idea). Still not perfect, but the nature of such a bridge is that it’s never going to be spot on for every string.) I’m sure a proper instrument tech would do it in a fraction of the time but, as I say, it’s probably not really necessary unless you’re fussy. Incidentally, I’m not sure of the gauge of strings as delivered (that’s something I wish manufacturers / retailers would include in the box), but I’m guessing about 10’s to 34’s or thereabouts(?). ….. If you’re intending to play standing up (as I do), you’ll probably need a strap, and for that, you may want to install a strap pin somewhere around the heel of the neck. (As with many mandos, this unit comes with a strap pin near the tailpiece, but you’ll need to install the second one yourself, unless you’re planning to somehow attach the strap to the headstock.) Tone-wise, this instrument sounds like – well, a mandolin! ☺ It would be perfectly usable as a purely acoustic instrument, but I intend to play it amplified, and it sounds fairly sweet through my Mesa Boogie guitar amp. The controls provided are, of course, very basic (volume + tone), so you’ll probably dial in more variation with your amp knobs, but I found the tone control at least ranged from mellow to sharp. In summary, this is a typical good-value Artist Guitars’ package. I’d rate it a medium-quality product at a budget price. Heartily recommended – AG does it again, for me at least! I confess that I am pleasantly surprised that these guys, despite being a relatively small outfit (well, I assume so – never been to their shop!) continue to deliver first-class customer service that puts the big boys to shame.


By: on 22 December 2014
This is a very well made mandolin and has a tone well above what I expected for the purchase price. The hard case is up to the excellent standard that I have come to expect from Artist Guitars.