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Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin   (Open Box)
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A gorgeous, incredibly playable mando at a can't-miss price.

The Michael Kelly Legacy Festival Mandolin is a classic F-Style mandolin made in Michael Kelly's long-lasting tradition of quality. A solid hand-carved spruce top and solid maple body give this mandolin amazing tonal vibrance and clarity, while the radiused rosewood fingerboard makes it easy to play. Pearl dot inlays, high-quality Grover tuners and an ABS nut contribute to the instrument' beauty, stability and superior sound. Michael Kelly's own proprietary one-piece tailpiece gives the mandolin added resonance and allows for easy string changes. All of this combines to make this a mandolin of outstanding quality and value.

FEATURES
  • Solid, hand-carved spruce top
  • Solid maple body
  • Radiused rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Grover tuner
  • ABS nut
  • One-piece tailpiece for added resonance and easy string changes

A great mandolin for experienced players and novices alike, at an even better price. Order now.

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Michael KellyMKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin
 
3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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5.0

Good basic value

By Guitarsrevo

from Dallas georgia

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    I neede a good backup this is great though not a high end mandolin it plays better than some of the ones I have played that cost 2 times this on does

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    5.0

    My guitar is jealous that I have found a new love

    By County Picker

    from The County, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Quite well made

    Cons

    • QC is hit and miss

    Best Uses

    • Gigs
    • Practicing

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    I'll start with the not so good details and build into the love story.
    When I received it, it was not set up at all. Action was high at the nut and bridge. Truss rod/neck way out. This is normal stuff that I expected from online an online purchase. I was prepared to spend time setting up this mando in exchange for such a great price on a solid wood instrument. Thank you Musicians Friend!
    Actual flaws were:
    String spacing at the nut had some issues. I corrected this when I lowered the action.
    Very minor flaws (dust specs) in the finish. I really don't care. It's not even noticeable.
    Once set up, it played very nice. It's got nice tone, strong bark and great volume. In small venues I can play acoustic alongside amplified guitars and banjos. I put a piezo pickup in it and it sits in nicely with rock bands at bar gigs.
    It's well made and the satin finish is beautiful. I get regular comments on that.
    Being solid wood, it seems to have opened up more in each of the two years I've owned it.
    I will own this instrument a long time.
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    Desirable and cheap upgrades:
    A pickup, if you plan to gig. Otherwise a vocal mike has good response for occasional stage appearances.
    Bone nut. If you are looking for a nut to fit, be aware that it is slightly narrower than what I have seen as standard. Look to the country that made this instrument for a drop in fit width wise.
    Ebony bridge. Since the fretboard is only slightly radiused, a radiused bridge is not a good fit. It comes standard with a flat bridge with G and E strings cut deep to match the fretboard. Go the flat route if you upgrade.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Hoooboy. You really don't want one.

    By davren56

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Consistent
      • No Volume
      • Poor Tone Quality
      • Zero Playability

      Best Uses

        Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

        The top on this thing is so thick, it will probably last forever, but don't expect it to actuially vibrate when the strings are picked. Sound was awful. The nut was loose, and way too high. I returned it.

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        (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        neck is unplayable

        By Lee

        from Central Ohio

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Bridge Is Too High
          • Neck Is Warped

          Best Uses

          • Canoe Paddle

          Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

          I received the second of these as I sent the first one back due to bad finish on the lower bout front. After many phone calls and emails a replacement arrived. I've spend hours sanding the bridge down in the vain hope of improving the action. However the warp in the neck seems to compensate for my work. The neck relief is adjusted as tightly as I'm comfortable making it yet there is still a dip at the 5th to 12th frets. Now I have string buzz above the 10th fret in addition to an action that seems to rise by the day. The buzz is easily fixed with the adjustment wheels of the bridge, but this adjustment will return the action to the place it was before I sanded approximately 4 mm off the bottom of the bridge. Intonation is perfect, so I know that the bridge placement is accurate. At this point I plan to return this one and buy a better mandolin. Though thanks to Michael Kelly, I may be able to hang up my shingle as a mandolin tech!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          excellent for beginners and players too!

          By Lee

          from Central Ohio

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

              This instrument arrived after some confusion with a return of the first one due to finish problems. MF support went out of their way to overnight the new one to me and it's perfect! Be aware that mandolins are typically shipped with the strings untensioned and the bridge is not installed. If you're a novice, a quick search on the 'net will guide you through the minimal set up that will render this instrument a great player. Mine is tuned up, intonated and I can't put it down. I'm a long time guitar player and am enjoying the challenge of learning mandolin on this great bargain instrument.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By Studio B

              from Columbus, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Fun to play
              • Good Tone
              • Great Feel

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Use For Anything

              Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

              I consider myself a beginning mando player, but an experienced musician of many years. I normally play guitar and sax the most, but decided to try the mando when Musician's Friend offered a great deal on the Rogue model. I played that for awhile until I wanted something with a little better tonality. I tried a pretty expensive Washburn and ended up sending it back. This Michael Kelly came a couple of days ago, and I have not been able to put it down! It sounds and looks great. I would caution that the finish is more of a reddish rather than tobacco sunburst. It is also more of a flat finish than glossy. Also, mine did not come with the string dampeners pictured, although at this point I don't think I need them. I am very happy with the instrument and believe it to be a tremendous value. It is probably the only mando I will ever need.

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