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Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin  

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    A mid-priced mandolin that lets you play like a pro.

    The Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin has a Loar-inspired F-style maple body with multi-ply binding. Long-scale maple neck with adjustable truss rod. Extended 29-fret bound ebony fretboard with 12th-fret neck/body joint. Florentine headstock with mother-of-pearl fern inlay and Kentucky script. Gold-plated hardware. The Kentucky KM-630 Mandolin has an adjustable compensated rosewood bridge. The 'traditional nitrocellulose finish' has an aged appearance to it. Kentucky purposely allows the finish to be cloudy to give it the appearance of 40 years of polishing.

    Features

    • Sunburst solid spruce top
    • F-style maple body with multi-ply binding
    • Long-scale maple neck with adjustable truss rod
    • Extended 29-fret bound ebony fingerboard with 12th-fret neck/body joint
    • Florentine headstock with mother-of-pearl fern inlay and Kentucky script
    • Gold-plated hardware
    • Adjustable, compensated rosewood bridge

    Polish up your playing with this great-sounding mandolin. Order today.

     
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    KentuckyKM-630 Standard Mandolin
     
    3.9

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    I am a Guitar player that started playing Mandolin a few months ago. I really like the Kentucky, I am familiar with what a good instrument should be, and this is a nice...Read complete review

    I am a Guitar player that started playing Mandolin a few months ago. I really like the Kentucky, I am familiar with what a good instrument should be, and this is a nice little Mandolin (but as with All Mandolins, it is imperative that it is set up properly) I have found that this Kentucky plays and sounds just as good as other Mandos that I had looked at, a few of which were 3 to 4 times the price. I would highly recommend this instrument; a lot of bang for you bucks.

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    I bought this mandolin after quite a bit of research and seeking opinions of friends. It is a very nice instrument, sounds and looks great. The problem is the neck has bowed quite...Read complete review

    I bought this mandolin after quite a bit of research and seeking opinions of friends. It is a very nice instrument, sounds and looks great. The problem is the neck has bowed quite a bit and one of the glue joints has started to separate. This is in less than 10 months time which is very disappointing. Additionally, getting help from Muscian's Friend has been very difficult. I got an initial response that they are looking into the problem for me but I have not heard back from them in about 2 weeks. I have contacted them 3 times since then, but not even a response! It might be better to look somewhere else.

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    5.0

    very nice instrument

    By mandolin Annie

    from Hollywood FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

      bought the instrument 'used' from Musician's friend. When it arrived, the mandolin was brand new. Someone probably returned it because it was hard to tune. After we re-set the string properly, the instrument was fine. Good tone, good volume, and great appearance

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      5.0

      Awesome Mandolin for the price

      By Dustin

      from Washington, D.C.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        This mandolin is great for the price. I've never heard of a mandolin that you didn't have to set up properly for it to sound good. Any folk instrument should be set up properly before it's played regularly.

        The tone is fantastic. It's loud. It chops. The neck allows for fast playing. It's loud. The low notes really cut through which I wasn't use to hearing on cheaper mandolins. For the price (especially used...hint) this mandolin can't be beat.

        No issues with bad finishing, scratches, or nicks. After properly being set up this mando looks and sounds fantastic.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        I am a Guitar player that started playing Mandolin a few months ago. I really like the Kentucky, I am familiar with what a good instrument should be, and this is a nice little Mandolin (but as with All Mandolins, it is imperative that it is set up properly) I have found that this Kentucky plays and sounds just as good as other Mandos that I had looked at, a few of which were 3 to 4 times the price. I would highly recommend this instrument; a lot of bang for you bucks.

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        5.0

        Kentucy KM-630 Mando

        By Billy Mac

        from Vine Grove, KY

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        This mandolin sounds great and I believe that this instrument is worth every cent I paid for it. Looks and sounds great! Keeps a good tune!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Poor Set-up

        By Rich-BQkHE

        from Fairfax, VA

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        Bought this mandy for my daughter to take to Belmont College in Nashville. Nice instrument, but when we got it, it was obvious that it had not been set-up right before shipping. Impossible to tune and I'am going to have to take it to a local luthier before she can take it to school

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent for all skill levels

        By GuitarChica515

        from Richland, MI

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        I am not a mandolin expert, but I have a mandolin just like this one, and I love it. If you're looking for a beautiful mandolin with a strong tone and complex features, then the KM-620 or KM-630 is the one for you. The KM-620 has maple back and sides, a German spruce top, F-holes, a maple neck, an extended rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, and a beautiful mother-of-pearl headstock logo and overlay of leaves. It doesn't cost too much for a professional-level model, either. I got mine for $*** at ** when I was 14, and I still have it. If you want to purchase one like this, act now.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great mando for the price

        By Guitar Danno

        from Topeka, KS

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        I just recieved mine yesterday. After setting up the bridge and jamming on it I was impressed. The only flaws mine had were a few minor scratches here and there. The top portion of the body that curves is a little on the rough side, but I am not disappointed by any means. I would have liked to purchased an American made mando but they are way to expensive. Looks like with a name like Kentucky it should be American made.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great sound, small price.

        By T.Willz

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        The 630 is a great mandolin for a great price. After comparing several other mandolins in this price range, it was obvious that the Kentucky was the best choice. The fit and finish looks great, and the sound is nice - plenty of bark. Until you can afford a $5000 mandolin, get this one that only sounds like it cost that much.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good tone for the money

        By bill-xQeFt

        from austin texas

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        good tone for the money, some finish details not first ratebut plays well and stays in tune. nice mado without having to spend +$1,000s

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        KM-630 Review and Muscian's Friend Review

        By John-rjfwy

        from Saratoga Springs, NY

        Comments about Kentucky KM-630 Standard Mandolin:

        I bought this mandolin after quite a bit of research and seeking opinions of friends. It is a very nice instrument, sounds and looks great. The problem is the neck has bowed quite a bit and one of the glue joints has started to separate. This is in less than 10 months time which is very disappointing. Additionally, getting help from Muscian's Friend has been very difficult. I got an initial response that they are looking into the problem for me but I have not heard back from them in about 2 weeks. I have contacted them 3 times since then, but not even a response! It might be better to look somewhere else.

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