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Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin Sunburst

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The Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin has a style and sound all its own. Its modified F-style basswood body, bound maple neck with a radiused rosewo...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 10-30-2017

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Infinite tonal possibilities at your fingertips.

The Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin has a style and sound all its own. Its modified F-style basswood body, bound maple neck with a radiused rosewood fretboard and adjustable truss rod ensures it will be a hit with any musician looking to add a new dimension to their playing style.

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Modified F-style body shape made of basswood
Bound maple neck with a radiused rosewood fretboard and adjustable truss rod
Inlayed mother-of-pearl Kentucky logo and dot fret position markers
3-ply tortoise pickguard
Nickel-plated brass Deco-style tailpiece (accepts both ball end and loop end strings)
Adjustable rosewood bridge with bone compensated bone cap
Chrome-plated volume and tone control knobs
Lipstick style neck position pick-up
Chrome plated mini Schaller-style tuners
Vintage style ivory body binding
2 Color, high gloss tobacco sunburst
Nut width: 1-1/8"
Scale length: 13-3/4"
Fretboard width @ 12th fret: 1-3/8"
String spacing at bridge: 1-7/16"
String gauges: 1st .11 2nd .16 3rd .26w 4th 36w
Fretboard Radius: 7
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KentuckyKM-300E Electric Mandolin
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like mine

By MarkP

from Austin Texas

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin:

I bought mine several years ago. It came with a great finish. I like the styling and the four strings make it easy to play. The factory setup was correct and tuning is easy. Even after sitting for weeks it keeps tune well, depending upon temp and humidity. It is very heavy so a standard mandolin strap will not hold it up. As the advertisement says 'it has a sound of its own'. Not quite mandolin and not quite electric guitar.

Raising the tune knob above mid level can give a tinny sound that is not pleasing. It can be used with many amplifier settings, like a guitar, and the sounds are great.

I also own several acoustic mandolins.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love the 4 string

By ZO

from Pocatello, ID

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Great sound

Cons

  • Needed Adjustments

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin:

I am new to the mandolin, but i have played guitar for 20 years. This mandolin holds a tune very well and is a great fill for many songs. Just like a 6 string vs. a 12 string guitar, this 4 string mandolin is much easier to keep in tune, and sounds great with chorus effects.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Updated review

By Mouse

from Myrtle Beach SC

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin:

    Had some more time now with it.Really liking it.Intonation could be better. Sometimes it seems good,sometimes a little off.It rarely goes into the case unless we're going out.I have a Kentucky 805 & Loar LM 600 and during a rect 5 day power outage due to a hurricane, oddly enough, the acoustics stayed in their cases & this one stayed out. It is getting a lot of play & seems to be behaving better Intonation-wise.I like a lot.

     
    4.0

    Would have to think about it before I purchased again

    By Mouse

    from Myrtle Beach SC

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Kentucky KM-300E Electric Mandolin:

    No longer call myself a professional because I no longer do it for a living though it was my chief income through the mid to late 70s until 2000.I also own a Kentucky KM 805 that I love & a Loar LM600,that I love equally.I really wanted to love this but intonation is just not good. It plays REALLY well. Tone from the Tele-ish neck pickup is fine & I'm sure tone could be improved/enhanced by swapping in maybe a Joe Barden or other "premium quality" Tele pickup....Smooth & fast,action is great & the compensated bone saddle produces great tone,but the intonation just isn't happenin'....all it would take for me to really love this mando would probably be a tune-o-matic & I am currently looking for just that.Other than the intonation issue,I really like it.

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