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Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin   

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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-carv...Read More

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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
 
4.0

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Long life (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

neck is unplayable

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...Read complete review

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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4.0

The MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin is a great mandolin

By Nick G

from Mansfield VIC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    I am using this mandolin as a back up mandolin. My 8-y-old son loves playing it. Pretty comparable in tone to my Pava A mandolin. Has good tone and sustain

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent tone for a low-cost F-style mandolin!

    By DH

    from IE, So. California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Consistent
    • Excellent Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Travel

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    I bought one, intending to use it primarily as a backup / travel mandolin. I ended up getting two more for friends, who also both love theirs.

    These mandolins do require a detailed setup for playability and intonation, but having done so they are great playing mandolins.

    Their tone stands well among much more expensive mandolins.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Kelly Mandolin

    By Skip

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Action is a little too high.

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    Nice workmanship on the instrument. I will have to make a few adjustments to bring the action down. Very good tone quality and the instrument looks great. Got this to beef up my mandolin skills. I am a professional guitar player, have been playing pro. for 46 years.

     
    5.0

    Blame the Mandolin Caf'e

    By Farmer J.

    from Rural, IA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value

    Cons

    • Matte Finish

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    Great value! Construction and hardware comparable to instruments costing much more.
    Bought it for a backup. Moved it into first string rotation. It will get played.

     
    5.0

    F Mandolin

    By Fish

    from 50 miles out of St.Louis (West)

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Great Buy!!!
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Nothing Bad about it!

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin:

    I really enjoy this Mandolin it has "Great" Sound it stay's in tune and has an excellent Look!
    A "Great" buy! Thank You musicians friend!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good basic value

    By Guitarsrevo

    from Dallas georgia

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.
      .
      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.

      (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.

          (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          neck is unplayable

          By Lee

          from Central Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            excellent for beginners and players too!

            By Lee

            from Central Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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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