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

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Available 10-06-2017

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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
  • Shop adjusted

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

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KentuckyKM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value

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...Read complete review

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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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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(6 of 6 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

      (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.)

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 .

            (4 of 4 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.

            (4 of 7 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

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            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.

            (4 of 4 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.

            (3 of 3 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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Starter Mando!!

            By The guy that lives in my house

            from USA

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            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.

            (3 of 3 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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid First Mandolin

            By Dewey

            from NM

            About Me Novice

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            Verified Buyer

            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.

            (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.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great deal

            By John

            from Chicago

            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.

              (2 of 3 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?

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A very nice beginners' mondo!

              By MikeN

              from Quakertown, PA

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

              The Kentucky 150 is a terrific first mandolin. It's all solid, has decent tuners and seems solidly made. It's also the best value of any mandolin in this price range.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SOUND IS AMAZING !!

              By BENTCLOUD

              from PINEVILLE LA.

              About Me Experienced

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              Verified Buyer

              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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow - I Love This Mandolin

                By Cas

                from FL

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

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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!

                  (1 of 8 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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent starter Mandolin

                  By Bluegrass Batch

                  from Vancouver, BC, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Needs a basic setup prior to playing. Has a good tone and very fun to play.

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent value

                      By MtMan

                      from Asheville NC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

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

                        Excellent value. Surprisingly good sound for the money. Saga Instruments (Kentucky Mandolins/Blue Ridge Guitars) build good instruments.

                         
                        4.0

                        Well built with minor issues

                        By Rob D

                        from Cooper, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Nice finish

                        Cons

                        • No case
                        • No paperwork
                        • Strung incorrectly

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

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

                        This is my first mandolin. I have played guitar for 25+ years. Seems well setup out of the box but was strung incorrectly. Four strings were criss-crossed from the bridge to the plate and the bridge cover is difficult to remove. No instructions or documentation comes with it so it was frustrating trying to figure out the restring process. Recorded with it and it projects nicely and plays well. No case included. Should atleast include a soft case for the price.

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