The new master model KM-1500 from Kentucky uses the finest, most highly figured Michigan Maple combined with the whitest, most fine-grained Adirondack spruce. These solid woods are meticulously hand carved and graduated — just as were the fabled originals of the early '20s, to achieve the finest tone quality and volume possible in a new instrument.
The KM-1500 is became legendary for its tone, or at least for the price point. This is not a cheap mandolin, but when you have it in your hands, you realize that it is an incredible value in a professional quality mandolin. The woods are sourced from North America, with Adirondack Spruce (Red Spruce) for the top and Maple from Michigan. This combined with the carving and detailed graduation, result in a woofy, dry tone that is perfect for a bluegrass mandolin.
While it is not about the looks, the Kentucky KM-1500 still has them! The nitrocellulose finish is thin and the fit and finish rivals mandolins 3x-4x the price. There is gold hardware and an intricate Fern inlay.
|Back and Side Material||Solid Flamed Maple|
|Bridge Material||Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels|
|Fingerboard Inlay||M-O-P Dots|
|Fingerboard Material||Ebony (radiused)|
|Finish||Sunburst High-gloss Lacquer|
|Neck / Body Joint||Dovetail|
|Neck Material||One-piece Maple|
|Note||Accepts Loop-end Strings Only|
|Number of Frets Clear||15|
|Number of Frets Total||29|
|Nut Width||1 5/64”|
|Peghead Inlay||Abalone and M-O-P Fern-style / Logo Script|
|Peghead Overlay||Black Composition|
|Plating||Gold-plated / Logo Hand Engraved|
|Scale Length||13 7/8" (354mm)|
|Soundhole Shape||Traditional F-Hole|
|Tailpiece||1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover|
|Top||Premium Solid Adirondack Spruce|
|Top Purfling||Multi-ply W-B-W / Top and Back Inlay|
|Truss Rod||Traditional Two-Way Adjustable|
|Tuning Machines||Deluxe Gotoh™ 4-on-a-plate / Removable Genuine Pearl Buttons|
$ 279.99 $ 379.00
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