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Morgan Monroe MMV-5 Review

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Submitted by Gus Bloch (see all reviews from this person) on 1/8/2010

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Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: <250 ($US)


Excellent for a 3/4 size

Sound Rating: 8


In tune out of the box, good action and string height. Straight neck with well finished fretboard. Smooth and no rough fret edges whatsoever.
Much better than some instruments encountered at four times the price.

Setup Rating: 9


Unexpectedly nice, no flaws. Very different appearance than the competing brand "M" and brand "T" offerings in the 3/4 "little/baby size."

Appearance Rating: 8


Smooth, tight brand name tuners are a big plus. Use of solid woods rather than composites may sacrifice some long term stability for improving tone.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

No dealings with manufacturer, but dealer was very good.
If something goes wrong, I'd probably fix it myself.

Customer Service: 8


I won't change a thing on the instrument. Tuners and bone nut and bridge good.
The gig bag is fair. Light padding, OK zippers, but strap attachments are
glued in place and one let go. I have stitched them back in place permanently and will seek a better case or bag if needed

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

The shorter neck and smaller body of this size are nice for casual playing. The fret spacing is a bit shorter and this eases fatigue and nerve issues for my small and now aging hands.
I had ordered a pink Indianna Guitar Co. Filly for my daughter for Christmas.
If was back-ordered, though it was indicated as being in stock. I called Mr Raines at Indianaguitarman to inquire and he stated that since the entire shipment he received of these was sub-standard, he wouldn't send them out. He immediately offered a refund, but I mentioned that I was in the market for a pro level 3/4 for myself. He suggested that I try a Morgan Monroe and offered to send me one at a good deal. Though I was unaware that they made one, I agreed to try it and I liked it
more than other brands that I have tried in the music stores.
It is a keeper.

Overall Rating: 9

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