Dating kentucky mandolins

This model has been around longer than dirt and continues to be one of the all-time favorite choices for beginners and more experienced players alike. This model honestly puts many higher priced mandolins to shame when it comes to tone. Well, unlike sixpack abs while you watch TV on the couch, this one happens to have the evidence to back it up.

This comes in the form of countless Kentucky KM mandolin reviews and recommendations dating back to the beginning of the internet. Ha, that sounds like a long time, but yeah, the internet is not all that old. In fact the KM mandolin predates the World wide web!

Enough with all the hyped buildup, just tell me about the mandolin already! It is easy to get carried away with the KM The simple reason, is that it is not just hype. This is one of the best mandolins at the price point.

The Kentucky KM has been through several versions throughout the years. Now they do differ depending on the year. If you happen to be looking for a used version, it is important to note that there was a major change in mid , and then small steady improvements since.

So if you want the nicer versions of these, you really want one made in the last few years. If you are buying new, skip this and read forward… Older models of KM KM mandolins in the past were made with pressed solid woods. Picture a heavy duty steam press coming down and standing the top and back into shape from a thin solid piece of spruce and maple.

Thats how many all solid mandolins are made. In fact, the majority of lower priced all solid mandolins. This was the case with the KM, up until mid when the new Kentucky factory came online.

The KM was the first model to be produced at this new factory. In fact, to was years before the rest of the models all made it over. For a while there, the KM, was superior to the higher models that were still made in the old location. There is a fun fact for you! A larger neck with a wider nut and larger frets being one of them. Speaking of the nut, the older versions used a molded plastic nut, where the new KM uses a bone nut for improved tone and durability.

If you find your dog gnawing on your new mandolin, you know why! There are so many other changes. Pretty much every single thing about the KM was changed. I am often asked what the specific differences are. One more recent change is the usage of German Spruce and Alpine maple.

This started in and is an example of the ongoing improvements that happen. How does it sound? On to the important stuff.. How does the KM sound? Good, no great, make that outstanding! Actually, I would rate somewhere between good and great. Things start to change when we halve that number. Not just competes, but actually beats out about have the other mandolins. So yeah, it has outstanding tone for mandolin of this level. Dry Bluegrass Tone The tone leans toward the dry side and has that low woof to it.

The kind of tone we expect from a Bluegrass mandolin. The volume is there and it has enough punch to cut through a jam even when Mister Banjo is wailing away with little regard for your hearing. We all know that most Jam sessions are more like a war zone with everyone trying to drown one another out. Going in with the KM, means you are never outgunned.

Form your chop chord, lay into it, and others will take notice. When your break comes, you will find a good balance string to string and up and down the neck. Is it the loudest, best sounding mandolin you will come across? But it is surprisingly good! As mentioned above, the new neck profile, wider nut and larger frets were all in response to player requests for a better playing KM How did it work out? As planned, to say the least.

There is no problem working up and down the fingerboard. The larger frets allow for clean fretting and I prefer this to the smaller frets of the past version and many other mandolins.

It also means more fret life. The downside of the larger fret wire is the room between the frets if played high on the fingerboard. Aggressive Playing Plays like butter! I really dislike that description. I mean, how does butter play anyway? It does play nicely though. Having played a good deal of high end mandolins, I can say that this is real close. Something I find with a new instrument. It takes me a few days to adapt to a particular instrument and get a feel of the best attack.

The more time I spend, the more I feel what the instrument wants to get the best tone. The KM was no different. Maybe scared to get that first scratch. The Kentucky KM has good dynamic range, and once I started getting more aggressive, the mandolin came to life. I find I can really lay into it, and the mandolin does not overdrive. After experimenting with just how hard I could slam the strings, I backed off a bit and found the sweet spot.

It was playing cleanly, and I went through a couple of rounds of lowering the action at the bridge, tuning back up and giving it another go. Me being me, I kept going until I finally did get some buzz. I knew I was getting the action way to low, but was curious just how low it would go before buzzing. I finally found out!

Not a problem, raised the action back up a hair and all was good. This is always a highly personal thing. The KM is a simple, yet attractive mandolin. The classic Sunburst finish looks great and I like the look of the pick guard. There is no bling whatsoever-ever on this mandolin and I have no problem with the simple appointments or lack thereof. The mandolin looks like it could have stepped right out of a time capsule.

The finish is very thin and this does allow some of the handwork to show through. Unlike think finishes which hide flaws, all is out in the open on the KM This is a testimony to the KM workmanship. The mandolin is nice and clean. I would give it a thumbs up here. There is nothing special about it, but it seems to work fine.

For those that prefer a cast tailpiece, The Kentucky has a standard screw pattern meaning it could be easily upgraded.

I am not sure if I would do this, as the stock tailpiece functions just fine, but the option is there. The tuners are of average grade. They work, and I suppose thats good enough! The bridge is adjustable via thumbwheels and has a compensated saddle for improved intonation. There is a wooden endpin for the strap button. Mine was in tight, but be careful with these. They are not glued in and can pop out. This is a feature and not a flaw.

Some players do like to glue them in. It is not advisable in case you ever want to remove the tailpiece and a better option is to tie an additional string under your tailpiece and attach that to your strap as a backup. A lot of players do this.


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