New for 2018 I am excited to announce an all new Kentucky KM-858 F-style Mandolin. These start with Spruce and Maple harvested from high in the Swiss Alps. Spruce this special was just screaming to be turned into a Gold-Top Mandolin!.
The KM-858 is part of the artist series of Kentucky Mandolins and the latest addition to their F-style lineup.
The traditional F-model mandolin as we know it today was introduced by Loar in the early 1920’s and represents the epitome of design and function. For Kentucky, the new KM-858 Gold Top Artist F-model Mandolin represents our own achievements when it comes to high-quality, professional level instruments specifically designed to meet the demands…and budgets…of players at every level. By using the finest naturally dry-aged Alpine tone woods – a Kentucky Exclusive – and topping it off with a beautiful, sparkling Gold lacquer top finish, the KM-858 really is a gem in the line and will put the Midas Touch on your tone!
|Back and Side Material||Solid Flamed Alpine Maple|
|Binding||IV/B/IV Multi Binding|
|Bridge Material||Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels|
|Fingerboard Inlay||M-O-P Dots|
|Finish||Metallic Gold Top|
|Neck / Body Joint||Traditional Dovetail|
|Neck Material||One-piece Select Flamed Solid Apline Maple|
|Note||Accepts Loop-end Strings Only|
|Number of Frets Clear||15|
|Number of Frets Total||22|
|Nut Width||1 1/8 in.|
|Peghead Inlay||Rose of Sharon/Logo Script|
|Peghead Overlay||Black ABS|
|Plating||Gold-plated / Pattern and Etched Logo|
|13 7/8 in. (354mm)|
|Soundhole Shape||Traditional F-Hole|
|Tailpiece||1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover|
|Top||Solid German Spruce|
|Top Purfling||Multi-Ply IV-B-IV Top and Back / single IV|
|Truss Rod||Traditional Two-Way Adjustable|
|Tuning Machines||Standard 4-On-A-Plate/Removable Grained Ivoroid Buttons|
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