Mitchell Acoustic Electric Guitars Review: See What Came In under the Radar

Mitchell Exotic Wood MX420 acoustic electric guitar
Mitchell Exotic Wood MX420

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Have you ever heard of Mitchell guitars? Don’t be ashamed if you haven’t. Mitchell is not yet one of the better-known brands like Martin or Gibson or Fender. Someday they might be if the Element and Exotic series acoustic electric guitars they currently offer are any indication of what’s to come.

Mitchell makes several lines of guitars. In this review, I’ll concentrate on just the acoustic electric models in the Element series and the Exotic series. That makes a total of 4 guitars.

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Mitchell Element Series ME1CE and ME2CEC

The ME1CE and ME2CEC are the acoustic electric models in this series. Mitchell also makes two non-electric acoustic Element models – the ME1 and ME1ACE.

To compare most of the features of these two guitars, examine the pictures and the table below.

You can also check out the short, promotional videos just below. The first was produced by Musician’s Friend. The second comes directly from Mitchell.

The main differences in construction between the ME1CE and the ME2CEC are the spruce top on the former versus the cedar top on the latter and the woods used for the back and sides. Sapele, used in the ME1CE, is an African wood that is harder than mahogany. The ME2CEC uses Indian rosewood for its back, sides, and fingerboard.

Both models have high-ratio, die-cast, chrome tuners with Ebonite keys. They also both employ the Fishman INK3 pre-amp that includes a built-in tuner. Controls on this module include volume, bass, middle, and treble.

Fishman INK3
Fishman INK3

The TUSQ material mentioned in the table is manufactured by Graphtech Guitar Labs. You can read more about it in their FAQ here.

Mitchell ME1CE
Mitchell ME1CE

Mitchell ME2CEC
Mitchell ME2CEC
Top Solid select spruce Solid select cedar
Back & Sides Striped sapele Indian rosewood
Neck Mahogany Mahogany
Fingerboard Indian rosewood Indian rosewood
Bridge Rosewood Rosewood
Finish Open-pore satin Open-pore satin
Inlay Abalone dots Abalone dots
Rosette Sapele / Maple Sapele / Maple
Binding Flame Maple Flame Maple
Electronics Fishman INK3 / tuner Fishman INK3 / tuner
 Scale Length (in.) 25 1/2 25 1/2
 Saddle Nubone TUSQ, compensated Nubone TUSQ, compensated
 Neck Joint Dovetail Dovetail

Mitchell Exotic Series MX400 and MX420

Both the MX400 and MX420 have the “Grand Auditorium” cutaway body style. Neither model has a pickguard. If that’s an important feature for you, you’ll either have to investigate installing one yourself or move on to a different guitar.

The MX420 is available in Midnight Black or Antique Sunburst (pictured below) finish.

Mitchell MX400
Mitchell MX400

Mitchell MX420
Mitchell MX420
Model MX400 MX420
Top, Back, Sides Quilted Ash Burl, Bubinga, or Ovangkol Quilted Ash Burl
Neck Mahogany Mahogany
Finish Gloss Gloss
Inlay Pearl dots Pearl mini-dots
Rosette Modified O Abalone
Binding Black Multi-Ply ABS Black / White / Black Multi-Ply
Electronics Mitchell CE304T / tuner Mitchell CE304T / tuner
Frets 20 total; 14 open 20 total; 14 open
Scale Length (in.) 25 1/2 25 1/2
Nut Width (in.) 1.67 1.67
Bridgepins Black with white dot Black with white dot
Saddle Compensated Compensated
Upper Bout Width (in.) 11 1/4 11 1/4
Lower Bout Width (in.) 15 1/2 15 1/2
Maximum Depth (in.) 3 1/2 3 1/2
Neck Joint Dovetail Dovetail
Dimensions L x W x D (in.) 41 x 15 1/2 x 3 1/2 41 x 15 1/2 x 3 1/2
Weight (lbs.) 9.2 9.2

Conclusions about the Mitchell Acoustic Electric Guitars

Online reviews of all of these models of Mitchell acoustic electrics are overwhelmingly positive. Most people fairly rave about them, especially those who had never heard of the Mitchell brand before discovering it at a local music store.

Many appreciate the color and finish, besides the quality construction and materials and the great sound.

Some owners compare their Mitchell favorably with their Martin or other high-end guitars.

As of this writing, the Mitchell Element series guitars are a little harder to come by at Amazon, but that can change daily.

Check the availability and pricing of Mitchell acoustic electric guitars at Amazon now.

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Author: Gary Sonnenberg

Gary has been playing keyboards since he was very young. He started on a chord organ because that's what his father liked. He's played guitar since he was a teenager, and he recently learned he could keep the beat on a drum set.