You have probably been reading a ton of great things about the Kentucky KM-150 mandolin and wondering how the KM-140 stacks up. Since 140 is only 10 less than 150, they should be close, right? Your thinking is correct, they are actually pretty close, but don’t go clicking the buy button on that KM-140 mandolin just yet! There are also some differences you will want to know about.
They sure look the same in photos. In fact, looking at them head on, you are not going to be able to tell them apart. Your eyes are not fooling you. Everything you are seeing is identical, because nothing on the front side of these two mandolins differ.
Flip it around and you may still have trouble seeing the difference if you are not paying close attention. Thats because the difference between the Kentucky KM-140 vs the KM-150 is that the 140 has a laminated back and sides and the KM-150 uses solid woods for the back and sides. That is it. That is the only difference.
Now that we know the difference, what does this mean as far as tone goes? It means that the KM-150 does have better tone compared to the KM-140. The top has the most influence on tone, and both have a solid, carved spruce top. The back and sides do come into play to a lessor degree and you can hear it. It is not a night and day difference.
The playability will be the same on both as is all of the specifications. So what is the final verdict on the Kentucky KM-140 vs KM-150 mandolin?
If you appreciate good tone, the KM-150 does have the advantage here. If you would like to save a few bucks and still get a nice mandolin you wouldn’t do wrong with the KM-140. That pretty well sums it up!
We sell both of these mandolins and set them up here in our shop. They are also available on amazon and typically at lower prices than we offer. We are providing links for both.
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