Mandolin vs Ukulele - Which to start with?

March 04, 2018

Which is better as a first instrument, Mandolin or Ukulele?
As much as we love mandolins, Ukulele has some major advantages as a first instrument to learn.....

Continue Reading

The Loar LM-600 vs LM-700 Mandolin

The Loar LM-600 vs LM-700 Mandolin

March 04, 2018

What is the difference between The Loar LM-600 and LM-700 Mandolins? At first glance, the LM-600 and LM-700 mandolins look nearly identical with the exception of the inlay and gold vs. nickel hardware.

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

June 29, 2017

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

Why you should buy an F-style Mandolin vs an A-style mandolin

Why you should buy an F-style Mandolin vs an A-style mandolin

April 18, 2017

This is where you need to be honest with yourself. How important is the look of your mandolin? Will you get more enjoyment out of the F-Style vs the A-style Mandolin? This is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Continue Reading


A vs F Style Mandolin

A vs F Style Mandolin

March 04, 2017 5 Comments

There is a common misconception that you need an F-style for playing bluegrass. While this is not true as far as tone, among many players it is expected that you should have an F– style mandolin. Since traditions diehard, you will probably have trouble convincing people otherwise.

Continue Reading

Where are The Loar Mandolins made?

Where are The Loar Mandolins made?

February 17, 2017

The Loar Mandolins are made in China. The Loar operates their own hand-carved workshop there. All but one early model of mandolin is made in this shop. This mandolin was the first LM-500 model.

Continue Reading


Where are Eastman Mandolins made?

Where are Eastman Mandolins made?

February 16, 2017 4 Comments

Continue Reading

Best F-style mandolin under $500

Best F-style mandolin under $500

February 08, 2017

Most people prefer the look of the F-style mandolin and rightly so. It looks great! There is no denying it. We are not here to convince you to go with an A-style. If your budget is $500, there are still going to be quite a few options available to you. 

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading


Weber Mandolins

Weber Mandolins

October 07, 2016

Continue Reading

Oval Hole vs F hole mandolins

Oval Hole vs F hole mandolins

August 30, 2016

What is the difference between an F-hole and vs an Oval Hole mandolin?  Obviously the sound hole, but you knew that!  There are other major differences though, so read on.

Continue Reading


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. 

Continue Reading

Eastman Mandolin Nut Width

April 12, 2016

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

F-style mandolins

F-style mandolins

April 05, 2016

Continue Reading


Mandolins for sale

Mandolins for sale

April 05, 2016

Continue Reading

The new cast mandolin tailpiece

March 25, 2016

Continue Reading


MK Legacy Plus mandolin question

March 25, 2016

Continue Reading

Michael Kelly Mandolins Introduction

March 25, 2016

Continue Reading


Michael Kelly mandolin tailpiece

March 25, 2016

Continue Reading

Michael Kelly mandolin MK-FSE-BK

March 25, 2016

Continue Reading