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Kentucky KM-1500 Master F-Model Mandolin

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An artisan-level instrument, the Kentucky KM-1500 possesses all of the attributes a committed mandolin player seeks in a fine instrument. The finest,...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 03-29-2018

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As close as you can get to a 100-year-old mandolin.

An artisan-level instrument, the Kentucky KM-1500 possesses all of the attributes a committed mandolin player seeks in a fine instrument. The finest, most highly figured Michigan Maple combined with the whitest, most fine-grained Adirondack spruce comprise the back and sides. These solid woods are meticulously hand carved and graduated like the storied originals of the early '20s ” to achieve the finest tone quality and volume possible in a new instrument. The delicately shaded Cremona sunburst finish is as close to the originals as you will ever see. The elegantly gold-plated and engraved tuning machines and tailpiece are in perfect harmony with the understated elegance of the finish and workmanship. Perhaps the crowning touch of elegance on the new KM-1500 is the traditional Fern inlay of abalone pearl, carefully inlaid in just below the white pearl Kentucky logo. The single notes sing, the fretted chords ring and the muted chops sting.

Finest solid, handcarved and graduated Adirondack spruce top
Solid, flat-sawn highly-flamed handcarved and graduated Northern Michigan maple back
One piece, highly figured maple neck with dovetail joint at 15th fret, 29 frets total
Ebony extension fingerboard with pearl dot position markers
ivoroid binding on all edges
Peghead overlay features Kentucky logo and traditional fern inlay in abalone pearl
Vintage style, height-adjustable ebony bridge w/compensated top and small, gold-plated adjustment wheels
M-O-P nut
Highly polished nickel-silver frets
Gold-plated, engraved tuning machines and tailpiece
Hand-rubbed Cremona sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish
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Includes a Deluxe Superior CS-1520 case

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Back and Side Material: Solid Flamed Maple
Binding: Ivoroid
Body Style: F-Model
Bridge Material: Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Binding: Ivoroid
Fingerboard Inlay: M-O-P Dots
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Finish: Sunburst High-gloss Lacquer
Neck / Body Joint: Dovetail
Neck Material: One-piece Maple
Note: Accepts Loop-end Strings Only
Number of Frets Clear: 15
Number of Frets Total: 29
Nut Material: M-O-P
Nut Width: 1 5/64
Peghead Inlay: Abalone and M-O-P Fern-style / Logo Script
Peghead Overlay: Black Composition
Pickguard: Tortoise (Optional)
Plating: Gold-plated / Logo Hand Engraved
Scale Length: 13 7/8" (354mm)
Soundhole Shape: Traditional F-Hole
Tailpiece: 1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover
Top: Premium Solid Adirondack Spruce
Top Purfling: Multi-ply W-B-W / Top and Back Inlay
Truss Rod: Traditional Two-Way Adjustable
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Gotoh„¢ 4-on-a-plate / Removable Genuine Pearl Buttons

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