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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin Vintage Amberburst 

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Overview
  • Solid hand carved and graduated select spruce top
  • Solid hand carved and graduated highly flamed maple back and sides
  • Solid one-piece maple neck with adjustable truss rod
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $1,595.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $476.00
  • Your Price:
    $1,11900

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The KM-855 is a true Kentucky thoroughbred.

The pedigree is noble and a close look at the Kentucky KM-855 shows that the DNA is vintage. From the split-lip neck/body joint to the delicate mother-of-pearl inlays gracing the fretboard and peghead, the KM-855 has the traditional look and feel associated with the classic instruments of the mid-1920s. One chop and you will know that magic is there too.

An abbreviated fingerboard extension allows you to dig out the fat tone without the accompanying pick clatter on the fretboard. A comfortable radiused ebony fingerboard significantly reduces left hand fatigue. The thin nitro lacquer finish offers superb protection without the tone degradation associated with thicker alternatives. It's attention to the details that sets these mandolins apart from the rest.

Features
  • Solid hand carved and graduated select spruce top
  • Solid hand carved and graduated highly flamed maple back and sides
  • Solid one-piece maple neck with adjustable truss rod
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer amberburst finish
  • Mother of pearl Bella Voce headstock and fingerboard inlays
  • High-quality, gold-plated Gotoh tuners
  • Radiused ebony fingerboard, adjustable bridge, and bone nut
  • Dovetail neck to body joint at 15th fret

A mandolin that sings with solid wood tone. Pick a Kentucky today!

 
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KentuckyKM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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3.0

Three years in now

By Maxi

from New England

About Me Experienced

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        Comments about Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin:

        I bought this as my first mando three years ago. It is beautiful and sounds good. The only flaw I could find new was a dull spot on the D strings at the 9th fret. After a year or so I started getting a really shrill sound out of the E strings (both when open and fretted), After trying several fixes I ended up with a little piece of black rubber strap under the strings at the bridge. It's an inelegant fix but it works. There is also an area on the face of the headstock that is getting a somewhat cloudy appearance. Something in the finish I guess. Other than that shrill string issue I love the instrument and enjoy playing it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent instrument

        By susan99

        from Washington State

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Beauty To The Eye As Well
        • Pure Tone
        • Quality Construction
        • Sustained Playability
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • Some Tailpiece Vibration

        Best Uses

        • All Categories

        Comments about Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin:

        I am a novice on the mandolin, but have played musical instruments much of my life. This is my first F-model mandolin and I am extremely pleased with it. I spent many hours listening to the different brands, looking for a specific pure, warm sound that did not sound plastic. I found it in this mandolin. The instrument came fully set up, the finish is impeccable with no flaws, no scratches or glue globs. It was played directly out of the box. Due to personal preference, I changed my strings to a lighter weight but the strings which came on it were a great tone. The notes are playable nearly to the end of the fret board, at which point there is no concern as I will not be playing in that area anyway. On other instruments I have played, obtaining a sweet sound from the first fret e strings was a challenge, but it rings clear on this mandolin. The radiused fretboard is awesome. My other mandolin has a flat fretboard so there was a short adjustment period but only a few hours of playing to retrain the fingers! The inlay work is beautiful. It directly adds to the joy of having, using and viewing this instrument. My only challenge with this mandolin, is having to stop playing and put it away for the day.

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        2.0

        Nice to look at not so nice to play

        By Tony

        from Mississippi

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Bad Truss Rod

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin:

        Nice to look at but unable to setup! Trus rod not adjustable .

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Instrument

        By Edward Dahl

        from New Jersey USA

        Comments about Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin:

        This is my first mandolin but I think it's a good start. Some intonation issues with the 2nd string that can probably be worked out.
        Fretboard & binding are excellent. Some minor glue gobs to clean up. The original bridge cracked on me but Saga sent a replacement promptly.
        Good buy - shame it can't be made in the USA for the same price.

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT MANDOLIN

        By realmusic

        from alabama

        Comments about Kentucky KM-855 Artist F-Model Mandolin:

        forget gibson michael kelly or any other mandolin. kentucky is the only way to go. i bought this mandolin and as soon as i set the bridge adn tuned it up, everything was perfect. no intonation problems or anything. powerful and great sounding.

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