Before 1922, most popular mandolins had Oval-shaped sound holes, which created a distinctive sound that played a significant role in shaping the sound of popular music of the day. The diminutive size,... Click To Read More About This Product
Before 1922, most popular mandolins had Oval-shaped sound holes, which created a distinctive sound that played a significant role in shaping the sound of popular music of the day. The diminutive size, unique voice and relative affordability (compared to F-dstyle mandolins) made it perfect for a wide range of musical styles. Vintage examples of these popular A-style instruments are still played by discerning musicians and coveted by collectors around the world. This legendary mandolin design is affordably manifest in the Kentucky KM-272 A-style mandolin with the oval sound hole.
Incorporating the best features of vintage designs, and using only the best tonewoods, each instrument is expertly hand-carved and graduated to produce an instrument with a tone, look and build quality of highly prized collectible instruments. So take a step back in time by playing a new instrument that combines all the best features of old and the new “priced so that is affordable to all players.
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Comments about Kentucky KM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin:
This mandolin is gorgeous in both looks and sound. It has a sweeter and woodier sound than an f-hole model. It's very well constructed. I thought I might have to get the set up tweaked in a shop, but the factory set up seems great - the neck and action are fine, and the frets are smooth and level. All I had to do was get the bridge in the right spot and tune it up. It sounds good now, and I expect the sound to improve as it gets played in.
I normally don't like to buy instruments without playing them first, but shopping choices for affordable mandolins in my area are even more limited than my budget. After doing some research, I took a chance, and couldn't be happier. I have a friend with a Collings mandolin, and sure, I like the looks and sound of that one a bit more, but I don't like it 15 times more. This mandolin is a great choice for someone looking for a vintage sound (i.e., it's probably not right for a bluegrass picker), who doesn't have a fortune to spend.