Kentucky KM-276 Oval Hole Mandolin

Kentucky KM-276 Oval Hole Mandolin

August 11, 2018

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.

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Kentucky KM-858 F-Style Mandolin Gold Top

Kentucky KM-858 F-Style Mandolin Gold Top

March 09, 2018

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.

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Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 mandolin

Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 mandolin

March 08, 2018

The KM-160 model was dropped from the Kentucky line in 2001, but made a comeback in 2007. And here is the final answer to the Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-160 Mandolin debate. The KM-160 is the better model if made between 2007 and 2011, but not better than KM-150 mandolins made from 2012 on.

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Rover vs Kentucky Mandolins

Rover vs Kentucky Mandolins

February 27, 2018

For those of you that didn't know, Rover mandolins are owned by the same parent company that makes Kentucky mandolins. They also have some similarities, but they remain distant cousins rather than siblings.

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Best oval hole mandolin

Best oval hole mandolin

August 21, 2017

Oval hole mandolins tend to have a more mellow, woody sound. They have more sustain and are usually more pleasing when played solo. F-hole mandolins tend to be louder with more projection. This is one of those cases where you can’t have both, or at least not 100% of both.

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Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

June 29, 2017

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Kentucky Mandolin Company

Kentucky Mandolin Company

April 19, 2017 4 Comments

The Kentucky Mandolin Company is based in San Francisco, CA. Through the years, the mandolins themselves have been made in Japan, Korea and most recently (since 2001), China. The latest versions are some of the best ever.

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The new Kentucky KM-750 Mandolin

The new Kentucky KM-750 Mandolin

November 17, 2016

The Kentucky KM-750 mandolin, is a newly reintroduced model that creates a new era for Kentucky mandolins. This is among the first F-styles from their hand-carved workshop.

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Kentucky KM-140 vs KM-150 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-140 vs KM-150 Mandolin

October 10, 2016

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.

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Kentucky KM-150 vs The Loar LM-170-VS

Kentucky KM-150 vs The Loar LM-170-VS

August 30, 2016

If you are looking for a nice low cost mandolin to learn to play on, or maybe want a second mandolin to leave at work, take camping, or loan out, you have probably ran across the Kentucky KM-150 and The Loar LM-170-VS models.

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Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-250 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-250 Mandolin

April 21, 2016 6 Comments

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. 

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Kentucky KM-500 vs KM-505 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-500 vs KM-505 Mandolin

April 12, 2016

The KM-500 is now a color variation of the KM-505. The KM-500 mandolin has a traditional sunburst finish, while the KM-505 mandolin has a lighter Amberburst finish.  This is a case where you can choose based solely on appearance.

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Where are Kentucky mandolins made?

Where are Kentucky mandolins made?

March 25, 2016 2 Comments

Current Kentucky mandolins are made in China. Previously, they were made in Korea, and the first Kentucky mandolins were made in Japan.

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mandolin converted to electric

March 25, 2016

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Kentucky Mandolins with radiused fingerboard

March 25, 2016

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?

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Kentucky Mandolin KM-150-S (Warranty)

March 25, 2016

All of the Kentucky mandolin are under a one year manufacturer's warranty. The Kentucky warranty is pretty standard among instrument makers. It covers defect in materials and workmanship, but does not cover abuse.

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