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Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin

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The A-Solid sacrifices nothing in construction, not even on this most affordable mandolin. The A-Solid is named after its solid wood construction. Yo...Click To Read More About This Product

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The perfect mandolin for beginners.

The A-Solid sacrifices nothing in construction, not even on this most affordable mandolin. The A-Solid is named after its solid wood construction. You won't find cheap laminates on the A-solid - even the top is solid spruce! Solid wood is not only more durable than laminate, it's also much better for the musical instrument's overall tone. Discovering how much fun playing a mandolin can be starts here!

Michael Kelly is proud to offer the widest variety of mandolins available. Since they own their own factory, every Michael Kelly mandolin is built with care to produce the best tone possible. All Michael Kelly mandolins, from the least expensive to the most, feature solid wood construction. With additional features like Grover tuners, radiused fretboards, scooped fretboard extensions and dovetail neck joints, Michael Kelly mandolins are truly "Built on Sound".

  • Top: Solid Hand-Carved Spruce
  • Back: Solid Hand-Carved Maple
  • Sides: Solid Maple
  • Construction: Dovetail
  • Neck: North American Rock Maple
  • Binding: Triple Ply Top
  • Nut: Graphtech Tusq
  • Tailpiece: Traditional Two-Piece
  • Inlay: Pearl Dot
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Truss Rod: Double Adjustable
  • Hardware: Chrome

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Michael KellySolid A-style Mandolin

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By Dan-lVc7q

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:

I purchased the A-Solid mandolin based on comparison to others in the price range. Indeed, the Michael Kelly mandolin is the best rated in this price range. The instrument arrived fully set up and plays well. It exceeded my expectations for sound quality. It plays and sounds better than any other "low end" mandolins that I've played. The binding and inlay work, as well as the finish, are excellent. If you are looking for a quality instrument that plays and sounds good, look no farther. Save up for the Gibson!

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Well Built

By Ned Flanders

from Maine

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Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:

I have owned this mandolin for about 4 years now This was my first instrument and it got me through Bible school. The rooms there would fluxuate temperature and this mando still stood strong. I am dealing with slight bending in the neck and also the tail piece has lifted and vibrates. These are minor fixes after 4 years of abuse. If you are considering playing mando this is the best starter.... Oh yea it has a ton of bark i play with a worship band and i only need to be slightly miced to get the tremalo to the back.


nice little mandlin


from Bovey , MN.

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Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:

I am a beginner at playing mandolin, this is a nice mandolin to start with. It has a nice sound and good volume. It is really nice looking and seems to be well made. I adjusted the bridge down a little for the playability, which was no big deal. I am well pleased with it.


Better than a starter mandolin

By Scott

from Colorado Springs

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  • Beautiful Headstock
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Great Value
  • Grover tuners
  • Pleasing Tone
  • Solid Woods


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    • Great Starter Mandolin
    • Should Hold Value

    Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:

    As a long-time guitar player, I was looking to try the mandolin. After a lengthy search, I decided on this Michael Kelly because of the solid, carved wood construction and very competitive price.

    For the past few weeks, I have gone from music store to music store looking at mandolins in all price ranges. Many had really cheap tuners, many had their bridges set as low as they could go but still had high action. And lots of the less expensive ones just sounded tinny and cheap.

    After reading many reviews (and after Musicians Friend lowered the price on this one), I decided to give an online purchase a shot. I rarely buy an instrument I haven't played, but I couldn't find a store that had the MK mandolins in stock. It arrived earlier than I thought, well packed (double boxed).

    Every instrument needs tuning upon first play, so after I did that, I checked intonation. The bridge was in the right spot. Action was nice and low, yet the bridge had plenty of room for adjustment. There were no gaps between the base of the bridge and the curve of the carved top.

    While I don't have a lot of experience with how a mandolin should sound, I know guitars very well. To my ear, this instrument has a nice acoustic ring to it. The tone is well rounded when playing both chords and single-note melodies.

    This mandolin is made in China, and the workmanship on the one I received was impeccable. The fit of the joints, the gloss finish, edges of frets, straightness of neck... all very good. I even checked the inside for splinters and rough surfaces. Perfectly smooth. The maple back and sides are beautiful.

    A couple of minor points... In Musicians Friend's online display of this instrument, there are two different mandolins shown. The most obvious difference is the tailpiece. The one I received has a tailpiece I really like (it is the one that's slanted, the one on the right in the two small thumbnails at the bottom). It looks like the strings will be very easy to change. And the mandolin's finish looks much more deep red than the picture on both MF and on Michael Kelly's website.

    I'm very pleased with the quality of this mandolin for such an inexpensive one. Plus, I suspect resale value, should I choose to upgrade, will be quite good because of the solid wood construction. For those looking, see how many in this price range have solid wood carved top and sides. Not many. And all of that counts when you plan on selling your mandolin.

    I purchased a hard case with it, a good idea if you plan on keeping it humidified in the case. Looking forward to getting better on this instrument. It's so good, I may never need another one.

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    good beginner mandolin

    By Uncle John

    from Geneseo, IL

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    • Beautiful finish
    • Good Bright Sound
    • Quality construction
    • Solid wood
    • Stays in tune


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      Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:

      Don't have a lot of experience with mandolins, but from what I've read, and others I've seen, this is a pretty good value for a beginner mandolin. It's pretty easy to play, stays in tune, has nice tone, and is really well made and pretty to look at. And, at the price I paid, I think I got a real bargain (on sale, with a discount coupon).

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