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Comment by Craig Fowler on December 27, 2011 at 12:55pm

Thanks all. Went online and found that Musician's Friend does ship the MM 30SE to Canada. It is on its way to me now. Have to bring back the MM 30E I purchased at Long and McQuade. Thanks for all your help and support.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 27, 2011 at 12:21pm

Still, $300 is way under Craig's initial $500 that's great news!

Thanks, Edward 

Comment by Reg Hayes on December 27, 2011 at 8:07am

Well, that's a good question Edward.  When I bought mine, I traded in an old violin of my Dad's. not antique, just 15 years old.  I also bought a hardshell case for it at the same time.  Then the Canadian dollar has been up and down in value lately.  I'm guessing the mandolin by itself would be around $300.00 Canadian.  I'm guessing less, about the US retail cost.   Reg 

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 27, 2011 at 7:25am

So, Reg, what's the going price for the one you have?  It sounds like it is just the right one for Craig!  Thanks!  Edward

Comment by Reg Hayes on December 27, 2011 at 5:40am

Hi everyone,

I own one of these Epiphone mandolins with the pickup - a passive piezo.  I bought it in Canada from my local independent music store - Tony's Music Box Ltd. - but also know that Long & McQuade carry them here in Fredericton, NB at least.  They are about the same price as the comparable Fender mandolins but I like their sound better.  The full name is a Epiphone MM-30e Mandolin, inexpensive but with a solid spruce top and piezo bridge pick-up and end pin jack installed.  My local retailer checked it out on line and made sure of the solid top.  Even Epiphone's literature is vague about the correct name and you have to be cautious.  As far as I can determine, they no longer bother with the "S" in the title because the mandolin with the "e" for electric only comes with a solid spruce top in this model. See my page here for photos of my mandolin, there in rotation with my guitar pictures.  I prefer the "A" style but most buy "F" style and the stores usually have more of them in stock.  If you can't sort this out with L&McQ, You can order from the States. Music 123 and several other companies ship to Canada and advertise that they do on their site.

Good luck!

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 26, 2011 at 8:38pm

Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin


MSRP: $298.00   You Save: $119.00 (40%)

The MM30 S is a solid top mando and if the list here is $298 that is well below $500.  I understand (although I think it's stupid) that they can't ship them to you out of the US...but they aren't made in the US, they are imported in...why can't you all get all Epiphone models shipped into Canada?  Don't Epi dealers in Canada get the same instruments we do?  It all sounds so dumb!  Not you, the concept...

Oh yea, unless it specifically said "solid" it ain't!  I have seen just "spruce top" and "select spruce top" and "professional spruce top"  etc.  It's gotta say solid or it's just sales fluff.  The one that really gets me is the Martin "HPL" tops..."High Pressure Laminate" is a fancy sales fluff names for counter top material!  It's a picture of wood!!!  I remember buying a set of speakers ini the 70's and they had a sticker on the cabinet that read: "real solid walnut veneer."  As soon as it says "veneer" it ain't solid wood...that's what veneer is...fancy plywood! Edward 

Comment by Craig Fowler on December 26, 2011 at 3:09pm
Comment by Craig Fowler on December 26, 2011 at 3:09pm

Now I'm really confused. I just checked Long and McQuade's site as the previous link was to the MM 30 not MM 30 E. On their own site they list the MM 30E as having a solid spruce top. Pretty bad when the manager does not know the difference. He looked up the MM 30 SE and told me that the "S" indicates a solid top and since his listing was for a MM 30 E (NO "S") then it was not a solid top.

Comment by Craig Fowler on December 26, 2011 at 2:59pm


I actually purchased the MM 30E at Long and McQuade thinking it was a solid spruce top. The manager said i don't think so when I asked if the top was solid. Looking at the information online for this model he confirmed that it was NOT a solid top or it would have been listed as such. This model is listed as having a "select spruce top" which apparently does not mean solid. I have since ordered an MM 30 SE. The manager said he did not think it was possible to buy a solid spruce top for under $500. The MM-50 Deluxe F-Style Mandolin lists for $575 at L & M

Comment by Paul Stoddard on December 26, 2011 at 2:32pm

Hi Craig

Isn't the MM30 E at Long&McQuade a solid top instrument, also has a pickup and is $240 bucks?

Anyway, I wish you well with your search for an affordable mando.


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