Artist MD200EQ Red Sunburst Mandolin with Pickup

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About this Artist MD100 Red Sunburst Mandolin

This is the classic Tear Drop Shaped Mandolin with F-holes and our most popular model.  Made with Laminated Basswoord for its body and Rosewood Finger board 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. You would pay upwards of $499 for a deal like this in a retail store.

Features:

  • Teardrop Shape
  • Bpdy is constructed from Laminated Basswood
  • Solid Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Geared Machine heads
  • Includes either a free Foam Hard Case or a Hard Case

Would you prefer this with a built-in preamp for plugging into an amp or PA system? Check out our MD200CEQ!
 

The Tech Features

Brand:- Artist

Model :- MD100

Body :- Tear drop shape

Woods :- Laminated Basswood

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

Fretboard:- Rosewood, 28mm ABS Plastic Nut

Frets:- 20 frets, 1mm 1.6 White Copper Fretwires

Bridge:- Solid Rosewood with ABS Plastic Saddle

Machine Heads :- Geared Machine heads

Bindings:- 

  • Body and Fretboard - White Binding
  • Front - 5 line White Binding

Colour :- Red Sunburst


Included Case:- Foam Hard Case

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Great Instrument

By: Caroline Reed 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.
(5)

Brilliant

By: Jochem 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
(5)

Value for money AGAIN

By: Mark 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...
(5)

Another good-value AG package

By: Alan 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.
(5)

Mandolin

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.
(5)

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