Classic styling, impeccable wood selection and attention to every detail makes the Kentucky FM-1050 mandolin an ideal choice for the professional or ...Click To Read More About This Product
Professional quality mandolin with compound radius.
Classic styling, impeccable wood selection and attention to every detail makes the Kentucky FM-1050 mandolin an ideal choice for the professional or the committed enthusiast. In terms of appearance, it invokes the best of the 1920s mandolins that are so treasured today. With its gradually fading tobacco sunburst finish, its impeccably rendered scroll and its ornate headstock, it bears all of the pride in craftsmanship a player wants from his or her instrument.
You will, however, notice some distinctions between those highly favored 90-year-old mandolins and the Kentucky FM-1050. Mandolin players, especially those proficient in playing other fretted instruments with wider string spacing will appreciate the new KM-1050. At first glance, this new master-level mandolin shares similar specifications to the popular KM-1000, but looking more closely you will discover a few more player-friendly features first pioneered by Saga and Kentucky mandolins in the late 1970's as a result of collaborations with the best mandolin players of the day.
These features include an ebony fingerboard with a compound radius, a wider nut and saddle for more comfortable string spacing, frets that are taller and wider than those found on vintage instruments and a skillfully scooped fingerboard extension with inlaid nickel-silver fret markers to retain a traditional look. All combine to make for a mandolin with a playability that is unmatched. Like other Master Model Kentucky Mandolins, the body of the KM-1050 features a hand-carved and graduated Adirondack spruce top, and a back, sides and slim comfortable neck made of select Northern maple to assure the best tone possible. it will be hard to find a better F-model mandolin on the market today that represents the quality and value of America's new Favorite...the KM-1050!
Solid, hand-carved and graduated select Adirondack spruce top
Solid, flat-sawn, hand-carved select flamed maple back and sides from Northern Michigan
One-piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 15th fret
Peghead overlay with Kentucky script and original-design Flower Pot inlay of genuine pearl
Ebony fingerboard with M-O-P dot position markers and highly polished medium sized nickel-silver frets
The fingerboard extension over the body has been scooped and inlaid with non-functional nickel-silver fret markers that maintains the traditional look
Nitrocellulose finish in a traditional 1920's sunburst
Vintage-style ebony bridge with small adjustment wheels and a slightly wider string spacing
Traditional 2-screw truss rod cover plate
Perfectly shaped M-O-P nut with a wider 1 1/8-inch width
Silver-plated, Kentucky engraved tailpiece with leather insert
High-quality, silver-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate and removable pearloid buttons
Case sold separately
Order today and get an instrument that leverages your technique on other instruments.
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Comments about Kentucky KM-1050 Master F-Model Mandolin:
I've tried to purchase less expensive mandolins in the past, and I've always gotten burned; cheaper mandolins just don't hold up. I've had this for two months now, and I really enjoy playing it. It holds its tuning, it sounds great, and it's very well constructed. The finish is excellent - no flaws that I can find. I am primarily a guitarist, and I have large hands. I can't say I really notice a huge difference with the wider nut, but it is comfortable for me to play. I believe this is the last mandolin I will every have to buy.
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