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Good tone in a mandolin is a combination of many small, but very significant, details. One of the most important is the way the vibrations transmit through the instrument. A particularly critical areas is the neck/body joint. If gaps are hidden below the surface, or if the joint itself lacks integrity, the voice of the mandolin will be stifled. Perhaps the most difficult of all neck/body joints is the famous split-lip dovetail developed in the early 1920s. It was created to satisfy the demands of the acoustic engineer to achieve perfect neck/body structural solidity while at the same time allowing the fingerboard to be suspended freely over the sound board of the mandolin. When executed properly the split-lip dovetail provides a step up in vibration transmission throughout the entire instrument. When you punch a chord on the KM-350 you'll feel the mandolin spring to life in your hands as the back vibrates against your chest.
The complex neck/body joint is only one of the small but essential details that distinguish the KM-350 from all others in this price range.
A sweet-toned performer that plays like a dream. Order yours today.
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Comments about Kentucky KM-350 Artist A-model Mandolin:
I'm another one of those guitar players who decided to pick up a mandolin (finally). I had a limited budget, but I knew that if I bought a poorly made or sounding instrument, it would be a big waste of money - I would get discouraged and never pick it up. I've tried to play a cheap mandolin in the past and didn't enjoy the experience at all. I settled on the KM-350s as a compromise - mid range in price, made in China, but with a reputation for being a solid instrument for beginner to intermediate players.While I knew more or less what I was getting, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this instrument really is. The action was hard to get used to for the first couple of days, but after that, it started to feel very natural. The intonation is perfect - it stays in tune all the way up the neck (it was set up at the shop). The solid top and sides give this instrument a lot of sustain and ring. I'm hoping to be able to afford a bridge pickup soon so I can play it out without having to mic it. PROS: Well-made, solid, looks and sounds very nice, good sustain and nice tone. Affordable and the performance quality as actually quite good. I was definitely pleasantly surprised at the playability and quality of this instrument for the price.CONS: It's harder to attach a strap to an A-style mandolin. : )