Here is another one that comes up often. What is the difference between the Kentucky KM-150 and the KM-250 mandolin?
In mid-2012 the Kentucky KM-150 mandolin production was moved to a new shop. This new shop produced a much better version of the KM-150 shortly after, it became one of the most recommended of the lower priced mandolins. Fast forward to 2015, and The KM-250 production was also moved to this same shop. So from 2015 on, these mandolins are very similar.
The main differences will be that the KM-250 Mandolin uses slightly higher grades of woods, upgraded tuners and has a radiused fingerboard. Whether or not the flat fingerboard on the KM-150 is a disadvantaged, is really more of a personal call.
Neither of these mandolins include a case from the factory, but we often offer package deals and bundle cases with the (check our current offers).
Both the KM-150 and KM-250 mandolins now include a pick guard. The current KM-250 is sunburst and the coloring between it and the KM-150 are very similar. We do notice slightly better finish quality on the KM-250 though.
As with most of the Kentucky mandolins, these have been made for decades and there are quite a few variations out there. The above differences only apply to the years mentions. Previous years were entirely different mandolins.
So which would we choose between the KM-150 vs the KM-250 mandolins?
Cost aside, the KM-250 is the obvious choice, but the differences are not so much that you need to feel like going with the KM-150 gets you an inferior mandolin. The KM-150 is quite nice as well.
We sell both of these models, or you can often get great deals on Amazon:
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