Kentucky KM-1500 Master F-model Mandolin



CS-1520 Hardshell case and Case Cover included (Retails for $295).

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.

Folkmusician no longer stocks this mandolin, but we are very familiar with it!

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.

  • Solid handcarved Adirondack spruce top provides you with superior note clarity and volume to spare
  • Solid carved flamed Michigan maple back and sides ensure extra punch
  • Slim flamed maple neck for comfortable, easy action 
  • Premium radiused ebony fingerboard gives extra durability and striking good looks
  • Vintage sunburst finish in lacquer showcases beauty and luster
Back and Side Material Solid Flamed Maple
Binding Ivoroid
Body Style F-Model
Bridge Material Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Binding Ivoroid
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 Material M-O-P
Nut Width 1 5/64”
Peghead Inlay Abalone and M-O-P Fern-style / Logo Script
Peghead Overlay Black Composition
Pickguard Tortoise (Optional)
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

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