Mitchell MD100S12EBK 12 String Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar, Black Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mitchell MD100S12EBK 12 String Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar, Black
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I own the Mitchell MD100S which is a six string solid spruce top and mahogany sides and back. Abalone rosette, creme burling, pearl inlays on the rosewood fretwood, and comes with D'addario EXP strings. I bought it at my local Guitar center store after trying Yamaha, Epiphone, Ibanez, Fender, Laguna, Martin, and Taylor. The price of this guitar on sale was $179.99 and Musician's Friend online had it for $129,99 which Guitar Center matched and had in stock. Don't judge this guitar by its price. I'm on an aspiring musician's budget and was looking to add a dreadnought guitar to my small modest collection and had a budget in mind. $200-$300 top. I began looking at the inexpensive Epi's, Yamaha's, Ibanez, Fenders, Squier's, and just for giggles the Martin and Taylor's which everyone that knows guitars also knows these last two don't offer anything under $399 and up. Having said that, I kept going back to the Yamaha FG series and there were two that I really liked. Both were in the $200-300 price range. After trying the Yahama for a second time I thought I had made my decision and when I went to put it back on the wall where I had picked it up from the space was occupied by another guitar. I walked over to an empty slot and next to it was the Mitchell. The thing that caught my eye was the quality. Fit and finish looked impeccable and I didn't even looked at the price tag since I figured it was probably another expensive guitar as the Martin and Taylor. The rosette is an authentic abalone and the fret markers are pearl inlays. None of which either Yamaha's had. There was a sticker on the pick guard that said made of Spruce and Mahogany sides and back, not a laminate but solid stuff. I took it off the slot and went back in the audition room where I had played the other guitars. The tone blew me away! Now I really didn't want to look at the price tag. I played a few chords, looked at the back, the sides, the front, and label inside the guitar said "This instrument was designed and engineered in California and has been to exacting specifications and has been by Javanese craftsman in Indonesia" under this is the symbol WFM which I believe is the company that makes the instrument. Someone told me the Mitchell brand is the "house brand" for Guitar Center and I think GC and Musician's Friend online must be affiliated. These are the only two places that I've seen that carry this brand. Now back to how the guitar plays and sounds: I couldn't have made a wiser choice. The packing was excellent. The guitar was in tune right out of the box and I only did some minor tweeking a few weeks later as I broke the number 1 E string while playing with the tuners which are excellent. This guitar has not gone out of tune since I bought it. I have an electronic chromatic tuner which I use to check the tuning since my ears can't believe it won't go out of tune. The tuners are sealed and look to my eyes to be made by Grover. The sound is fabulous! If you're looking for a great sounding and looking guitar take a look at the Mitchell. You won't regret it. They also have the MD100 which is about $50 less, sounds just as good and has a laminate spruce top, no burling, and the Mitchell logo is not gold as on the MD100S.

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The MITCHELL MD100S12EBK is a full-sized 12-string acoustic/electric dreadnought guitar that features a solid Sitka spruce top, rich mahogany back and sides. Tasteful abalone rosette and purfling accents highlight an elegant ebony finish. Mitchell puts quality acoustics within the reach of any musician.

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