What is the difference between the Kentucky 171 and 174 mandolins and do either one of them feature a radiused fingerboard. Also what Kentucky A style mandolins feature the radiused fretboard and do they come with a case or bag? Thanks, Joe
The KM-171 (black), KM-172 (honey), and KM-174 (amber) are all identical with the exception of the color. These are very nice mandolins for the money. The 170 series have a flat fingerboard. The Kentucky mandolins in A-style that do have a radiused fingerboard are the KM-250, KM-254 (again identical with the exception of the color), and the KM-505. For an Oval hole mandolin, the new Kentucky KM-270 series has radiused fingerboards. When this new series first went into production, there were a few with flat boards. This would have been around 2015. Anything you are buying now, should have a radiused board.
NOTE: This information is not 100% current.
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