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Kentucky KM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin Vintage Sunburst

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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 thes...  Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-06-2018 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Price: $449.99
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Overview

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.

Features

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
Specifications
Back and Side Material: Solid Maple
Binding: Ivoroid
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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KentuckyKM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin
 
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5.0

Great Mandolin, especially at this price

By Joe

from Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Well Made

Cons

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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.

       
      3.0

      Same as the KM-270 only a different color.

      By Total-Q

      from Oregon

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      Pros

      • Kentucky (SAGA) makes a great product for the $$

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        Comments about Kentucky KM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin:

        This mandolin is $100 dollars more than the KM-270 because it comes in a different color.
        Save 25% of your money and just order the Sun Burst. The KM-270 and the KM-272 are both made exactly the same by SAGA music and their MSRP values are the same although the music store cartel like to collectively raise the price on the KM-272 for no other reason than color. If you are buying a mandolin, get the best one you can for as cheap as possible, or you could give them extra money for a pain boring paint job.

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