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Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin 

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

The Kentucky KM-150 mandolin is a fabulous value available in an all-solid, traditionally designed, A-style instrument that beautifully combines period-correct vintage specifications with an amazingly affordable price. When it comes to tone and playability, the KM-150 also excels. To achieve the best tone and volume possible, select solid spruce - meticulously hand-carved and graduated - is used for the top, while select solid maple is used for the back and sides. A solid maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and traditional snakehead-shaped peghead is attached to the body by a modified dovetail neck-body joint not only adds to the authentic look, but also has a comfortable shape that is easy to play, and offers a lifetime of serviceability. Top everything off with a set of accurate, open-geared tuners, an adjustable rosewood bridge and tuning will be easy, accurate and with perfect intonation every time.

FEATURES
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid maple back and sides
  • Solid maple neck with 12th fret neck joint
  • Traditional high-gloss sunburst finish
  • Multiple binding on top
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • Classic mother-of-pearl "Kentucky" script inlay and dot markers
  • Inlaid mother-of-pearl position markers
  • Deluxe tuning machines
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
  • Nickel-plated hardware

Great tone, value and dependability. Order a KM-150 today!

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KentuckyKM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet Deal

Bought this to replace a cheap "plywood" mandolin, so I have some limited experience with the instrument (though more with guitar). When I opened the package, I was surprised to...Read complete review

Bought this to replace a cheap "plywood" mandolin, so I have some limited experience with the instrument (though more with guitar). When I opened the package, I was surprised to discover that it was not set up. The bridge was packed separately, although the strings were loosely installed. Fortunately, I know enough of music theory and mathematics, and as a hobby woodworker I had appropriate tools, so that I was able to figure out how to do the set-up, despite there being no instruction with the instrument. All in all, though, it was an hour and a half well spent, because the mandolin has lovely tone. "Riings like a bell!" (Note that the "bottom line" only offers "yes" or "no" options for recommending this to a friend, and I'd say yes with reservations: I'd recommend it to a friend who would be capable and comfortable with the set-up process, or who would be willing to pay to have it done at a shop.)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice mandolin on a budget

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....Read complete review

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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5.0

My son loves it!

By Will

from Portsmouth, OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    It's my son's first mandolin so I can't compare it to others. He's really happy with it though. He says he made a good choice!

     
    5.0

    Love it.

    By MASSDOG

    from Boone, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      I recent purchased this mandolin as a present for myself and boy it didn't disappoint. I did plenty of research about what mandolin was the best bang for your buck and this model came up on several forums. The price is reasonable and the tone and playability are great! I could see where the price may be too steep for a beginner but quality instruments are easier to learn on and just more fun. In short I am thrilled with my purchase.

       
      5.0

      This mandolin was a huge success!

      By Sophie

      from Davis, CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Beautiful
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        I got this as a gift for my sister who has been playing the mandolin for years and using a very old, not very nice instrument. She swooned at this - she loved it. The tone was round and warm, and she said that the neck was very comfortable. She has played it constantly since she received it and continues to rave about it. Very good deal at the price!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sweet Deal

        By William

        from Gainesville, Florida

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Bought this to replace a cheap "plywood" mandolin, so I have some limited experience with the instrument (though more with guitar). When I opened the package, I was surprised to discover that it was not set up. The bridge was packed separately, although the strings were loosely installed. Fortunately, I know enough of music theory and mathematics, and as a hobby woodworker I had appropriate tools, so that I was able to figure out how to do the set-up, despite there being no instruction with the instrument. All in all, though, it was an hour and a half well spent, because the mandolin has lovely tone. "Riings like a bell!" (Note that the "bottom line" only offers "yes" or "no" options for recommending this to a friend, and I'd say yes with reservations: I'd recommend it to a friend who would be capable and comfortable with the set-up process, or who would be willing to pay to have it done at a shop.)

             
            5.0

            Very nice mandolin

            By Joe

            from Hagerstown md

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

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

                Bought this for my nephew to learn on ,all wood has good sound.for the money good mandolin

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid First Mandolin

                By Dewey

                from NM

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Maintains Tuning
                • Straightforward Setup

                Cons

                • Minor Defect On Fretboard

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                Being a bass & guitar player, I wanted to give mandolin a try after jamming with some friends back home. I ended up choosing the KM-150 after reading a lot of reviews on several mandolin forums. For the price, the KM-150 seemed a solid choice. Anything more and I figured I probably wouldn't appreciate it until gaining more experience.

                The minor defect on the fretboard is from the grain of the wood and how it grew, not craftmenship....and it's a mandolin after all...it needs some character!

                I did have to check out a youtube video to get the floating bridge right, but it took like 2 min to watch video and 2 min to get it tuned right. Easy...Don't let setup prevent you from trying this great instrument.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                SOUND IS AMAZING !!

                By Bentcloud

                from Pineville la.

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                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • STILL HOLDING A TUNE

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  I AM A GUITAR PLAYER WHO BOUGHT MY 1ST MANDOLIN . I AM SO HAPPY !!! GREAT TONE AND LOOKS . easy set up even for a 1st timer

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pretty good mandolin

                  By Cheryl Gee

                  from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Finish
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • End Pin Fell Out In Days
                  • String Broke Easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Starter Mando

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

                  Beautifully made mandolin. It really is gorgeous. It needed a bit of work to set up, but I'm told that it is normal when buying a new mando. Strings still buzz when fingers are pressed on the fifth fret, so I'm still tweaking it. Since I'm new to the mando, I'm taking my time on this. End pin fell out after a couple of days, but I glued it back in. One of the E strings broke when doing the first tuning, but I had bought extra strings before getting the mando, so I was happy to find out that replacing the string was very simple. This mando has a beautiful sound to it, and I am loving learning to play my new mandolin.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow - I Love This Mandolin

                  By Cas

                  from FL

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Low Action
                  • Nice Wood

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Main Instrument
                    • Practicing

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

                    Wow, what a surprise. I knew this mandolin was made in China before I got it but had no idea they could really do it right. This has solid wood all around. Unheard of for a sub-two-hundred-bills mandolin or guitar (I used a coupon code!). And the build quality is as good as you could possibly expect. The action right out of the box is so low I would never need to lower it. The tone is loud and crisp and clear. I had an old mandolin that I liked but I had no idea what an upgrade this would be. The beauty of solid wood is that over time, the tone gets better and better. Most inexpensive guitars don't age well due to the glues in the laminate. This puppy will only get better. I love this mandolin and have only 1 thing to say - GET ONE!

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent value

                    By Jerry78

                    from Ny

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I play in a bluegrass band and was looking a Mando to bring to festivals. I am blown away by the quality for the price. Neck as straight as an arrow, real sweet sound...it blows away all of the eastmans I have owned which were triple the price. I have owned about 20 mandos over the years. This is my favorite one after my Collings. It took me a few hours to get action how I like it, low but with a punch.

                        I play a high end Collings in my band but I can't wait to try this one onstage. I

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