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Rating and Reviews: Ibanez M510 Mandolin

With its balanced tone, excellent sustain, and high-level craftsmanship, the Ibanez M510 mandolin offers professional quality to the mandolinist on a budget.

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"NICE FOR THE PRICE" submitted November 28, 2013

By walt young
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Musical Background: Play professionally
Music Style: Country, blues.
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Overall: I am new to mandolin but I do know what should and should not be for quality. My first purchase of a mandolin was one that the name begins with G. It was more expensive and totally unplayable and the finish and detail was sloppy. Now I know somewhat what should NOT be. The overall quality on the Ibanez is very nice. The only thing I could complain about was the tops of the frets were sharp. A little touch up with an emery board fixed that. I snugged up the truss rod and found the placement for the bridge with a tuner and it was ready to go. I did also change the strings to the Daddario J74s. One thing to note is the photos do not look like the mandolin you will get. The violin sunburst photo looks satin like. It is indeed HIGH GLOSS. As stated in the specs. The open pore photo is closer to the actual finish. The sunburst is a little more defined and the finish is like satin more natural wood looking. I personally like that. I am pleased with the overall quality, finish, attention to detail, and sound. PS: The cover plate is a little tricky. Lift it from the end gently and to put it back on slide it on from the end. (I called Ibanez support to ask about the open pore finish and with in minutes talked to a real person that answered my questions)
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"Great starter mandolin" submitted February 24, 2012

By Randy Burbach in Hamtramck, MI
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Musical Background: Hobbyist. Bass, trombone
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Overall: I didn't need to adjust the truss rod like the other reviewer. No fret buzz at all. The tone is much richer than other entry-level mandolins I've tried.
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"great mandolin for the price" submitted October 15, 2013

By mark d in pleasant view, TN
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Musical Background: mandolin, guitar, bass, keys
Music Style: rock
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Overall: had to do a set up. but I do that on almost every instrument I buy, great sound and playability. well worth the cash. buy strings when you buy for sure. buy a case too if you're gonna play out.
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"Not Bad once set up" submitted February 18, 2012

By Larry Diuuzaoo in Norfolk, VA
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Musical Background: Guitar Harmonica Bass Mandolin
Music Style: All styles
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Overall: I had a HORRIBLE time with neck truss rod adjustment to correct G strings fret buzzing...and what a terrible buzzzing.....as for sound, this thing sounds realy good, a nice woody sound and fairly loud...stays in tune after a few tunings over a day or two...it's worth what you pay if you can do truss rod adjustments...
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