Ibanez M510DVS Mandolin review

The Ibanez M50DVS is a beautiful A-style mandolin that has been built with quality components. It’s a stylish and tuneful mandolin, and it features Sapele back and sides and a spruce top to give you a powerful but balanced sound to your music. The neck is designed with okoume mahogany, while the saddle, bridge, and fingerboard are made from purpleheart. This acoustic instrument will be perfect for playing bluegrass music and even in a solo setting.

This 8 string Ibanez mandolin is built on a teardrop A-style platform that has a spruce top to give you a balanced tone right out of the box. It has a mahogany body that will provide a pristine sustain and rich lows. Although this mandolin is made with quality components, it’s offered at a very affordable price for any beginner or experienced musician. It has all the features you need, and you don’t have to break the bank to have it as part of your instrument collection.

What we liked

  • Very nice sound
  • Easy to play
  • Very affordable
  • Made with quality components

What we didn’t like

  • It takes some time to make truss rod adjustments


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Features Specs
Body shape A style
Top Spruce top
Neck Okoume
Scale length 13 1/2”
Nut width 10 3/4”
Back and sides Sapele
Bridge Purpleheart
Number of frets 20
Fretboard Purpleheart
Strings Bronze strings
Tuning machine Chrome mandolin tuner
Saddle material Purpleheart

As per the specs, this is a quality A-style mandolin made with quality parts that add to its durability. In addition, it will produce a sound that will take you back to the Appalachian and the bittersweet melodies of the past.


Bridge, saddle, fingerboard

The Ibanez M510DVS has a bridge, fingerboard, and saddle made from purpleheart. The bridge is an essential piece of wood that acts as a guide to line up the strings and also helps to transfer the vibration from the strings to the soundboard. Unfortunately, the string’s pressure holds the bridge in place, so you cant remove the strings all at once.


The fretboard is made from purpleheart, providing a tone clarity and clear sustain that has made this Ibanez mandolin a household name. The fretboard is a thin piece of wood with precise channels used to host the 20 frets on this mandolin. The frets are pressed to the fretboard, which is glued to the neck.


The neck is fashioned from okoume and has a short neck that meets the body at the 12th fret instead of the 15th fret. It comes with light gauge strings that are very appropriate for the short neck. The neck is the part that is attached to the mandolin’s body where the strings run along so you can strum it to produce a beautiful sound. The neck consists of other mandolin parts that include the frets, Florida, fingerboard, and fret markers.

Built and design

This mandolin has a beautiful starburst design, an excellent built quality, a warm orange color on the wood, and a dark tonewood with a nice glossy finish. The strings can be tight after some play and breaking in, but they still produce a beautiful sound and a good tone. The mandolin will require an initial setup which can be a bit tricky if it’s your first time, so if you don’t know how to do it, you can look up videos for bridge placement or take it to a music shop for proper tuning. The tuners are pretty solid and can hold the correct pitch without any problems for a long time, so you don’t need to constantly keep retuning the strings when you want to play the mandolin.

Who is it best suited for?

It’s the perfect mandolin for both beginners and experienced musicians.

Are there alternatives?

Model Ibanez M510E Eastman MD515/V Eastman MD305
Neck material Mahogany Maple Maple
Back and sides Mahogany Solid maple Solid maple
Scale length 13 7/10” 13 7/8” 13 7/8”
Nut width 1.12” 1 3/32” 1 332”
Fingerboard Rosewood Ebony Ebony
Fingerboard inlays White dot Pearl dots White mother of pearl
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Verdict. So should you buy the Ibanez M510DVS?

If you want to buy a tuneful and sleek mandolin that has good sound quality and components, the Ibanez M510DVS is your best option.


Does Ibanez make good mandolins?

The M510 is a great mandolin that will provide any musician with a good balance between quality and affordability and is perfect for both beginners and intermediate players.

What is the difference between the A style and F style mandolins?

The A-style mandolin has a plain, pear-shaped body with no points, while the F style has an ornamental scroll in the headstock and near the neck and 2 points on the lower body.

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