This Kentucky mandolin is sweeter than black-strap molasses.
- Solid, hand-carved and graduated spruce top
Solid, hand-carved and graduated flamed maple back & sides
Solid one piece maple neck adjustable truss rod
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish available in three color options
Rosewood headstock overlay with mother-of-pearl Inlays
High quality, nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate
Traditional rosewood bridge and bone nut
Dovetail neck to body joint at 10th fret
Kentucky KM-174 Standard A-model Mandolin with Oval Soundhole
In the early 20th Century, mandolins like these revolutionized the way music was created in America. As an orchestral Instrument the mandolin enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and the instrument of choice was the flat-backed, oval hole mandolin, most often constructed in the A style configuration. Most of those mandolin orchestras are no longer with us but the popularity of the instrument has not waned.
Oval-holed mandolins are a bit less percussive than their f-holed counterparts and produce a warmer quality of tone. It is this richness of tone that has drawn so many artists to the KM-170 Series Kentucky Mandolin. In keeping with tradition and design the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. The slim, fast neck is constructed of a single piece of maple and is re-enforced with an adjustable truss rod. The neck is attached to the body with a complex dovetail join for maximum security and sound transmission. The bridge is adjustable for easy adjustment of string action. Tuning is quick and precise with the M-120, 14:1 ratio Gotoh tuners. The snakehead peghead shape is overlaid with Indian rosewood then inlaid with pearl and abalone in the unique arrowhead design.
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