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Kentucky KM-270 Artist A-Model Mandolin Vintage Sunburst

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Overview

A-style with oval soundhole.

Before 1922, most popular mandolins had Oval-shaped sound holes; offering a distinctive sound that played a significant role in shaping the sound of popular music of the day. The diminutive size, unique voice, and relative affordability made it perfect for a wide range of musical styles. To this day, vintage examples of these popular A-style instruments are still played by discerning musicians and coveted by collectors around the world.

Now, anyone can afford to own this legendary mandolin design in a Kentucky KM-270 A-style mandolin with the oval sound hole! Incorporating the best features of vintage designs, and using only the best tone woods, each instrument is expertly hand-carved and graduated to produce an instrument with a tone, look and build quality of highly prized collectible instruments. So take a step back in time by playing a new instrument that combines all the best features of old and the new -priced so that is affordable to all players.

Features

  • Solid, handcarved and graduated spruce top
  • Solid, handcarved and graduated maple back and sides
  • Authentic, vintage 1920s-style body design
  • Traditional oval soundhole
  • One-piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 14th fret
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot position markers
  • Fingerboard bound in white ABS
  • Vintage-correct raised pickguard of laminated black/white/black ABS with beveled edge and vintage-style attachment hardware
  • Snakehead rosewood peghead with rosewood overlay depicting a vintage Wreath design and Kentucky logo script in white pearl
  • Vintage-style, adjustable rosewood bridge with small adjustment wheels
  • Traditional 2-screw black truss rod cover
  • Bone nut
  • 13 7/8-inch scale length
  • 22 highly-polished nickel silver frets
  • Nickel-plated tailpiece and coverplate with Kentucky script and leather insert
  • High-quality tuning machines with accurate 18:1 gear ratio and plastic buttons
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose vintage sunburst finish
  • Shop-adjusted
  • Case sold separately

Order today for the wide-open, ringing, singing sound of an oval soundhole A-style mandolin.

Specs

KM-270 Artist A-Model Mandolin Specifications:

  • Back and Side Material: Solid Maple
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Body Style: A-Model
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood with Adjustment Wheels
  • Fingerboard Binding: White ABS
  • Fingerboard Inlay: M-O-P Dots
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Finish: High-gloss Traditional Sunburst Nitrocellulose
  • Neck / Body Joint: Dovetail
  • Neck Material: One-piece Maple
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 22
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1 1/8"
  • Peghead Inlay: Vintage Wreath white pearl and pearl Kentucky script
  • Peghead Overlay: Snakehead Rosewood
  • Pickguard: Black/White/Black ABS with beveled edge
  • Plating: Nickel-plated / Pattern and Logo Stamped
  • Scale
  • Length: 13 7/8" (352.40mm)
  • Sound Hole Shape: Traditional Oval
  • Tailpiece: Nickel-plated with coverplate and leather insert
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Top Purfling: None
  • Truss Rod: Traditional 2-screw black ABS
  • Tuning Machines: High-quality tuning machines with white buttons
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