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.
Solid carved Sitka spruce top gives you clean articulation and a crisp, bright tone
Solid carved maple back and sides for extra punch
Slim maple neck for comfortable, easy action
Choice East Indian rosewood fingerboard ensures silky smooth playability
Transparent amber lacquer finish imparts enhanced luster and beauty
Recommended cases: C-1521, TL-45
Back and Side Material: Solid Maple
Body Style: A-Model
Bridge Material: Rosewood with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Binding: White ABS
Fingerboard Inlay: M-O-P Dots
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Finish: High-gloss Transparent Amber Nitrocellulose
Neck / Body Joint: Dovetail
Neck Material: One-piece Maple
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 22
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1 1/8"
Peghead Inlay: Vintage Wreath white pearl and pearl Kentucky script
Peghead Overlay: Snakehead Rosewood
Pickguard: Black/White/Black ABS with beveled edge
Plating: Nickel-plated / Pattern and Logo Stamped
Scale Length: 13 7/8" (352.40mm)
Sound Hole Shape: Traditional Oval
Tailpiece: Nickel-plated with coverplate and leather insert
Top: Solid Spruce
Top Purfling: None
Truss Rod: Traditional 2-screw black ABS
Tuning Machines: High-quality tuning machines with white buttons
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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.