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Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin  Burgundy 

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A serious mando at an affordable price.

Every Kentucky Artist mandolin is meticulously handcrafted from the finest materials to produce the finest possible instrument for players of every level. The redesigned KM-254 Artist A-model mandolin is no exception. With upgraded woods and specifications throughout, the KM-254 offers the serious player a fine instrument whose rich tone and quick response continues to improve as the instrument ages.

FEATURES
  • Solid, hand carved and graduated spruce top
  • Solid, hand carved and graduated flamed maple back and sides
  • Solid one piece maple neck adjustable truss rod
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish available in sunburst or burgundy
  • Rosewood headstock overlay with Mother of Pearl Inlays
  • High quality, nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate
  • Radiused Rosewood fingerboard, adjustable bridge, and bone nut

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KentuckyArtist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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5.0

Artist KM-254 A model Mandolin

By Jim

from Verona, Va.

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

    A great buy for the price. Solid maple back and sides and neck. Solid spruce top. I like the burgundy finish. Will play better as it loosens up from playing. You can not beat the quality for the money

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    4.0

    Great mandolin bad bridge

    By dusterman

    from mass.

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • The Bridge

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

    This mandolin is made very well and sounds like it cost much more I had mine set up buy a pro and it played and sounded fantastic for about two months then the upper bridge just broke . I now had to take it back to the luthier that set it up the first time showed him what happened and he said the top section of the bridge was made of low quality rose wood! I told him to put his best ebony bridge on and do another set up now the mandolin has a much better bridge and again sounds fantastic! You would think that that the reputation Kentucky has for their mandolins they would have put a much better bridge on this instrument ! Other then this problem I had no others so far. Love it!!

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By Wakebrdr549

    from Palm harbor FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Loud
    • Perfect Intonation

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Live shows
    • Recording

    Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

    I have played guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, and other assorted instruments. This is my first mandolin. I did a lot of research and Kentucky has the best reputation for the price of their instruments, so I went with this one. The reputation is well deserved. This thing sounds so loud, percussive and clear with perfect intonation. It has such a bright clear treble sound without a hint of irritation. I have recorded with it this weekend and it just sounds beautiful. I wish it had a pickup, but it is so loud, it wont be needed in most situations.

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    5.0

    wonderful a-style mandolin

    By terry mills

    from sparta,tennessee

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

      just put on bridge-adjusted for correct intonation-just moved it around to find it-came with really good strings-good sounding now will only improve with age

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      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Step-up Mandolin

      Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

      I play 3 other musical instruments and have played almost every kind of live venue playing various types of music.I bought this mandolin about 8 wks.ago as a step-up mandolin and am satisfied.This mandolin sounds good mic'd through a PA or sitting on the front porch doing acoustic jams.One small drawback;the Musicians Friend standard A mandolin case I bought 3 years ago is too big for this mandolin.I took some old flannel mat'l and built up the base of the case and I'm good to go.This mandolin will last me a lifetime and with the tonewoods on this model will only improve with time.
      I gave this Kentucky mandolin 4 stars because getting features like these on another brand mandolin ups the $$$ considerably.
      Finish is nice without blemishes.Neck is solid and straight.Binding around body is tight w/o any separation noted.Tuners fastened solidly and tune well with ease.Tailpiece could be the weak part on this mandolin; mandolins manufactured on the Pacific Rim usually use this cheaper type.The 3 small screws that secures the tailpiece to the body should have been larger.No complaints about neck/body joint.Strings that came with this mando are decent.Bridge is solid,no defects found.After a pro set-up my Kentucky mandolin plays well.I do like the fretboard and radiused neck that provide comfort and better playability than my beginner Epiphone MM20.Sound is full all along the spectrum.Bass response is strong.Quality control was good on my mandolin.
      Big value IMO on this mandolin.I got 15% off and with the features given here,this is a solid deal.I have been a customer at Musicians Friend many years now and this IS the first place I look when needing anything musical.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty good for the price

      By AvgJoe-72uzV

      from Redmond, WA

      Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

      This mandolin has a surprising amount of bark to it; the E and A really jump out. Fit and finish are good and typical for the price (some swirl marks in the finish from final buffing). You have to install the bridge yourself but it's easy - just check YouTube for instructional videos. The tuners will need a small drop of machine oil because out of the box they are a bit stiff. Lastly, you might have to bend the decorative lip on the bridge cover to prevent it from pressing against the strings and buzzing occassionally.

      This is my second KM-254. The first one had a few unlevel frets which made it unplayable, but MF was quick to replace it. This replacement one was playable out of the box. Overall, it's a good value if you're getting into mandolin. The price is good, the sound is impressive, and you'll find yourself picking it up constantly.
      Fit and finish is good for the price range. Swirl marks in the finish from final buffing if you look hard enough. Fret dressing is very good. Sound quality is very, very good.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good for the price

      By doobdog

      from montana

      Comments about Kentucky Artist KM-254 A-Model Mandolin:

      This has got to be one of the best valued mando's on the market... you wont be dissappointed with the sound, look or playability of this instrument although in my opinion the frets could be wider.

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