Kentucky KM-276 Oval Hole Mandolin

August 11, 2018 1 Comment

Kentucky KM-276 Oval Hole Mandolin

Say hello to the new Kentucky KM-276 model! As many of you know, this is not an entirely new mandolin, but instead a new color option for players that prefer a more organic look. This is based on the popular KM-270 Oval hole mandolin.

What is so special about this mandolin? For starters, it is an Oval hole. Nothing groundbreaking there. In fact, these predate F-Hole models. Maybe “new” is not the appropriate word to use here.  Let's call it classic. Better yet, traditional. That’s the word I am looking for!

This instrument is directed at old-time players. The mandolin is ideal for someone that prefers a warmer tone. That deep, rich, woody tone that oval holes do so well. Unlike the early mandolins that inspire the KM-276, this one does have a few modern updates. One of these is the 14th fret neck joint that gives you a few more frets out past the body. There is also an abbreviated fingerboard extension. Just enough to give a visual nod and add a couple of extra frets on the treble side of things.

Like its siblings, this mandolin is carved from all solid woods. German Spruce for the top and Alpine Maple for the back and sides. The same maple is also used for the neck which is attached with a dovetail joint.  The fingerboard and bridge are Santos Rosewood. The Body and neck are bound and there is a pickguard.

To add just a hint of flair, there is MOP dot inlays and a White Pearl Vintage Wreath on the headstock. The truss rod is accessible by a 2 screw cover plate.

All in all, a great addition to the Kentucky Oval Hole Mandolin line.

When it comes to traditional old-timey bluegrass and country music, the sound of the oval-hole A-style mandolin played a very significant role. Just close your eyes and listen to any of the earliest recordings and chances are that you will hear the deep, rich and airy tone that only a Kentucky KM-276 Deluxe Oval-hole A-model mandolin can offer. Combined with more modern features, including a unique 14th fret neck body joint – another Kentucky design exclusive – and you have a mandolin that represents the finest combination of old and new!


  • Solid carved Sitka spruce top gives you clean articulation and a crisp, bright tone
  • Solid carved maple back and sides for extra punch
  • Slim maple neck for comfortable, easy action
  • Radiused choice East Indian rosewood fingerboard ensures silky smooth playability
  • Transparent brown lacquer finish imparts enhanced luster and beauty
Back and Side Material Solid Alpine Maple
Binding Ivoroid
Body Style A-Model
Bridge Material Santos Rosewood with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Binding White ABS
Fingerboard Inlay M-O-P Dots
Fingerboard Material Santos Rosewood
Finish Transparent Brown
Neck / Body Joint Dovetail
Neck Material One-piece Alpine Maple
Number of Frets Clear 14
Number of Frets Total 22
Nut Material Bone
Nut Width 1 1/8"
Peghead Inlay Vintage Wreath white pearl and pearl Kentucky script
Peghead Overlay Ebony
Pickguard Black/White/Black ABS w/Beveled Edge
Plating Nickel-plated/Pattern and Logo Stamped
13 7/8" (352.40mm)
Sound Hole Shape Traditional Oval
Tailpiece Nickel-plated with coverplate and leather insert
Top Solid German Spruce
Top Purfling None
Truss Rod Traditional 2-screw Black ABS
Tuning Machines High-quality tuning machines with white buttons

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John ODonnell
John ODonnell

December 08, 2019

Is the spruce & maple hand cmarved or machine carved?

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