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Overview

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid maple back and sides
  • Solid one piece maple neck
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  • MSRP:
    $350.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $72.01
  • Your Price:
    $27799

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An all-solid value from Kentucky — America's favorite mandolin.

All-solid tone wood construction means that the Kentucky KM-150 mandolin will just get better and better right along with you. As moisture and resins dissipate over time, the solid spruce top will vibrate ever more freely as tone and volume increase. Take pleasure in growing with your instrument.

The deeper bodied KM-150 is ideal for bluegrass, old-time, gospel and country, and has all of the design features that have defined the A-Model mandolins for over 80 years. The 12th fret neck/body joint allows easy access to the entire fingerboard. Although this is Kentucky's entry level mandolin, the wealth of professional features that are designed into this instrument are sure to please any player at any level.

Features

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid maple back and sides
  • Solid one piece maple neck
  • Dovetail neck/body joint
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Mother of Pearl Inlays

Spruce and maple team up to deliver superb sound from this mando. Order today.

 
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KentuckyKM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin
 
3.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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I LOVE THIS MANDOLIN

I have a played a mandolin like this for four years and their is no better mandolin than this. Mine is pretty old but it still sounds great. It holds its tune really really...Read complete review

I have a played a mandolin like this for four years and their is no better mandolin than this. Mine is pretty old but it still sounds great. It holds its tune really really well, has a beautiful clear sound, and is very affordable. It has a rich traditional tune and is great for beginers and pros. I have had several people tell me that my mandolin sounds incredible, and that if I ever decide to sell it they would like to have it. I would recomend a Kentucky to anbody.

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Kentucky KM-150 Mandolin: You might need to return a few of these before you get a good one.

this rating is for manufacturer quality control. if anyone at the factory had inspected this instrument, they would have seen the bad frets. if you don't mind getting involved in the return cycle,...Read complete review

this rating is for manufacturer quality control. if anyone at the factory had inspected this instrument, they would have seen the bad frets. if you don't mind getting involved in the return cycle, i think you would eventually get a playable instrument.

as i said in the value section, this would have been a good mandolin for the price if it actually had been constructed properly.
it had everything a mandolin should have in this price range.
the instrument i received had rusted strings, a bent tailpiece cover, and defective frets. the bad frets became obvious when i attempted to set the bridge. they had come loose from the fretboard and were visibly higher than the other frets. i could play first position but middle of the neck positions were unusable. higher positions were also playable. the instrument actually sounded fine with a not unpleasant tone and fair volume for the areas of the neck that could be played.
if the frets weren't bad, i think this would have been a fine instrument for the money. i had already purchased a set of replacement strings and the tailpiece cover would have been easy to fix or replace.

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5.0

great deal

By centralgrassband

from villa park IL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

    I was expecting the mandolin to arrive set up.
    My repair man told me it is best to ship it witout the bridege in place. So I placed the bridge myself by starting at the the points on the F holes and then fine tunning it by playing the octave above until it was in tune. I was not sure If I placed the bridge backwards. He said it works either direction and I did it right.

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    4.0

    KM 150 MANDOLIN

    By Albert

    from Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Amazing Price
    • Excellent Tone
    • Good tuners
    • Great Build Quality

    Cons

    • None at this price

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      I was looking for an F- style Kentucky but everything under 1000.oo seemed to lack tone . I stumbled upon the KM 150 A- style almost by accident, played it for about a half hour and realized the tone was far better than the F styles I'd been looking at . AND aT a fraction of the price . The newer KM -150s are nothing short of amazing for the price. And they record beautifully .

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice starter Mandolin

      By Mandolin Dad

      from Boston, Ma

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      Purchased for son who took to it right away - was able to set up without major problems. The floating bridge concept threw me off at first but once it was adjusted all worked well. All said, a fine solid wood Mandolin.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Hard to put down once you set it up

      By Jean Carlomusto

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      Great instrument if set up properly
      I had recently bought a Rogue- which is a really nice deal for the money. The Rogue played beautifully out of the box after tuning. I bring this up because the Kentucky's bridge is not on the mandolin and I found the strings that came with it too heavy. I couldn't get the first fret on the G string to stop buzzing. So, I put some lighter Martins on it- set the bridge with an electronic tuner (12th fret should be the same note a octave higher), and slightly filed the nut for the G and D strings(use a micro file that fits grove and has a rounded bottom so that the string seats properly).
      Now I love the tone on this, definitely better than the Rogue (which I still appreciate as a go anywhere practice mando). My only qualm is that it comes so rough. Why those heavy strings?

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Kentucky KM-150 Mandolin: You might need to return a few of these before you get a good one.

      By Robert Pennington

      from vancouver,wa

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      this rating is for manufacturer quality control. if anyone at the factory had inspected this instrument, they would have seen the bad frets. if you don't mind getting involved in the return cycle, i think you would eventually get a playable instrument.

      as i said in the value section, this would have been a good mandolin for the price if it actually had been constructed properly.
      it had everything a mandolin should have in this price range.
      the instrument i received had rusted strings, a bent tailpiece cover, and defective frets. the bad frets became obvious when i attempted to set the bridge. they had come loose from the fretboard and were visibly higher than the other frets. i could play first position but middle of the neck positions were unusable. higher positions were also playable. the instrument actually sounded fine with a not unpleasant tone and fair volume for the areas of the neck that could be played.
      if the frets weren't bad, i think this would have been a fine instrument for the money. i had already purchased a set of replacement strings and the tailpiece cover would have been easy to fix or replace.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nice mandoline, but change strings

      By Clifford Kersker

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      A long time guitar player, my first mandolin. Arrived with strings on, needed to set up bridge. Fairly easy to do - lots of stuff on Google to help. However, mine showed up with octive strings (think 12 string) on the bottom two strings (D & G). I have been fighting intonation problems between the two string pairs on the D & G for about a month since it arrived, thinking I just didn't set it up right. I had to opportunity to play a friend's mandolin this weekend and was suprised to find that all this strings were paired (no octive). He informed told me that was standard. After doing some research on the internet (mandoline cafe) I found that it is probably impossible to get the pairs of strings an octive apart to play in tune up the neck without a bridge modification. Apparently, octive strings on D & G are a speciality for Celtic music. Why it was standard on an f hole mandoline is beyond me. Needless to say I have just ordered some standard strings to put on.

      Other than that, I have been very happy with this mandolin. It is well built, and plays well - plenty of adjustment in the bridge to tweak the setup.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      KM 150

      By Tom C.

      from Germany

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      I play guitar and bought this for something new to try. Have never played a mandolin before. (Arrived yesterday, 28 Jul 09)Set up went pretty quick with no problems. So far, seems to be a quality piece. The tone is excellent. I look forward to many hours of playing as this thing is hard to put down. Excellent product, great addition to my acoustic collection. As it looks now, my 4 year old will probably get a lot of play time as well, it's a perfect fit for her and as far as I'm concerned, this insturument cannot produce a "bad tone" regardless of what strings she is hitting. Fun, fun, fun instrument. The only negative I might say would be that the instrument seemed to have been packed directly from the production line as it still had "wood dust" and appears to have missed the "clean and polish" line. No regrets though, this is one of those things if it ever grows legs or needs replaced, it definately will be missed, but not for long it will go directly to the head of the budget line. Buy it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice mandolin on a budget

      By St. Vincent

      from Edmonton

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      I am not by any means a serious mandolin player. My parents got me this as a gift on a lark as my dad was listening to a lot of bluegrass at the time. That said, for the price it is a very solidly constructed intstrument (having survived the original shipping, shipping to Japan, and at least two trips packed in a suitcase on an international flight with naught but my underwear to protect it fromt he ravages of baggage handlers) and excellent bang for the buck. The tuners hold a pitch very well, the finish is applied fairly evenly, and the fretwork is acceptable provided that the floating bridge is set up correctly. There are some rough spots on the finish in the shadowy recesses of where the neck meets the body, but that is largely cosmetic. All in all, I would say it is a solid instrument, easy to learn on, and great for the price.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I LOVE THIS MANDOLIN

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      I have a played a mandolin like this for four years and their is no better mandolin than this. Mine is pretty old but it still sounds great. It holds its tune really really well, has a beautiful clear sound, and is very affordable. It has a rich traditional tune and is great for beginers and pros. I have had several people tell me that my mandolin sounds incredible, and that if I ever decide to sell it they would like to have it. I would recomend a Kentucky to anbody.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Starter Mando!!

      Comments about Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin:

      Not a bad little mandolin for the price. It's very well made. I can't find a single flaw in the craftsmanship. Beautiful finish and nice neck/fretboard. One thing to remember though...ALL mandolins will require a pro set up in order to have proper intonation. Take it to a tech and get the nut filed, bridge adjusted and possibly tweak the truss rod a bit and you'll have a great little starter mandolin for a really good price. Consider buying a case or gig bag too...this thing is beautiful and will need some protecting to keep that way.

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