Morgan Monroe Mandolin F-model Natural



The MF-1 is a nice mandolin in this price range. The tone is warmer than the standard maple/spruce combo. The new Ashton Bailey tailpieces is a great upgrade over the standard stamped tailpiece. The finish is a little too thick, but that goes with the territory. These have fairly nice tuners. An ebony fingerboard and bridge are nice additions at this price point. There is no binding. This adds to the minimalist look. Overall, this mandolin gets the thumbs up!


A nice spruce and mahogany mandolin made from all solid tone woods. This will make a great no frills F-Model for the player that is not concerned with a fancy finish.


  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Extended Scooped Fingerboard
  • Cast Tailpiece
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in China

Additional work performed in the Folkmusician shop:


  • Truss rod is adjusted.
  • Fretboard is leveled so that the string height may be lowered without buzzing.
  • Nut is filed to lower the string height and insure the strings fit correctly (very important).
  • Bridge work is done as needed to assure proper string height and eliminate buzzing.
  • Bridge is positioned so that the mandolin has proper intonation and plays in tune.
  • String grooves are properly fit to the string and lubricated with graphite to eliminate buzz and reduce string breakage.
  • Tailpiece receives work (as needed), to prevent buzzing.
  • Tuners are lubricated to help them turn smoothly.
  • Instrument is tuned and played before making any final adjustments.

    These steps take up a great deal of time and require the mandolin to be restrung and tested multiple times while the work is being performed.
    This is what sets our mandolins apart from those purchased from elsewhere. Even though the mandolin may be the same model, our version will have an improvement in playability and tone. This is often the difference between a virtually unplayable instrument and a mandolin that is a joy to own.

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