In the early 20th Century, mandolins like these revolutionized the way music was created in America. As an orchestral Instrument the mandolin enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and the instrument of choice was the flat-backed, oval hole mandolin, most often constructed in the A style configuration. Most of those mandolin orchestras are no longer w... Click To Read More About This Product
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In the early 20th Century, mandolins like these revolutionized the way music was created in America. As an orchestral Instrument the mandolin enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and the instrument of choice was the flat-backed, oval hole mandolin, most often constructed in the A style configuration. Most of those mandolin orchestras are no longer with us but the popularity of the instrument has not waned.
Oval-holed mandolins are a bit less percussive than their f-holed counterparts and produce a warmer quality of tone. It is this richness of tone that has drawn so many artists to the KM-170 Series Kentucky Mandolin. In keeping with tradition and design the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. The slim, fast neck is constructed of a single piece of maple and is re-enforced with an adjustable truss rod. The neck is attached to the body with a complex dovetail join for maximum security and sound transmission. The bridge is adjustable for easy adjustment of string action. Tuning is quick and precise with the M-120, 14:1 ratio Gotoh tuners. The snakehead peghead shape is overlaid with Indian rosewood then inlaid with pearl and abalone in the unique arrowhead design.
Solid, hand-carved and graduated spruce top
Solid, hand-carved and graduated flamed maple back & sides
Solid one piece maple neck adjustable truss rod
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish available in three color options
Rosewood headstock overlay with mother-of-pearl Inlays
High quality, nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate
Traditional rosewood bridge and bone nut
Dovetail neck to body joint at 10th fret
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Comments about Kentucky KM-174 Standard A-model Mandolin with Oval Soundhole:
Pros: well put together, tuners were better than expected, price, older style oval hole is more mellow than f hole styles nice fit and finish. Cons: honestly, not many. Bridge is not installed when you get it, requires set up (not as difficult as it sounds in my case) slight buzz on one fret but easily fixed. Upon opening the shipping box and pulling out the mandolin, I checked it over from tip to tip inside and out and found it to be well put together with an overall good (but not great) finish. Any small blemishes are purely cosmetic and I'm the only one that has even noticed them as I was looking for them. The bridge does not come installed but generally speaking this is the method for doing so minus the tweaking (not twerking). Measure from the nut to the 12th fret and move down the same distance from the 12th fret and that's where you want to place the bridge (May have to be adjusted slightly. String it up, tune it up and chime the strings at the 12th fret then note it at the same spot. If it is the same sound, you're doing great. Then once you get that pretty much adjusted, you should adjust the height (action) of the strings to what you feel is comfortable for YOUR STYLE of playing. If you are someone who really hammers the strings, then higher is better to prevent buzz, if your style is softer then you can go lower which eases up the pain on your fingers a bit. Fat strings higher than skinny strings. Double check everything and check intonation all the way up the neck and you're done. OR you can just pay a pro to do it for you, but hey, this thing isn't THAT expensive, so... I am really very happy with the mandolin and it sounds great! Great beginner to intermediate mando and my friends who are really classical guitar guys even like playing it and are impressed with the quality:cost ratio. Dig it.
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