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Kentucky KM-950 Artist A-Style Mandolin – Sunburst

$1,495 $1,099.99

In response to the demands of many contemporary-style mandolin players, the new KM-950 features a compound radius fingerboard with medium-sized frets for extremely comfortable, fast, and accurate playability for the fretting hand, and a scooped extension over the body making room for a more aggressive rhythm chop of the right hand, common to many pro-level players. Combined, the wider nut and overall fingerboard width, and bridge saddle spacing than traditional vintage instruments, this new A-model is made to play! Most of these player-friendly features are not new and were first pioneered by Kentucky in the late 1970’s and early 1980′s on our legendary mandolins, produced in collaboration with the world-renowned New York luthier, John Monteleone. In every other respect, the new KM-950 conforms to our ever-popular KM-900 with its hand-carved and graduated solid spruce top and hand-carved and graduated solid figured maple back, sides and neck assuring superb craftsmanship in every feature. The new KM-950…just another reason why Kentucky mandolins are still America’s Favorite!

SKU: KM-950. Category: .

Product Description

  • Solid, hand-carved and graduated select spruce top
  • Solid, flat-sawn, hand-carved select flamed northern maple back and sides
  • One-piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 15th fret
  • Peghead inlaid with Kentucky® script and beautiful Fleur De Lys design of genuine pearl
  • Ebony fingerboard with M-O-P dot position markers and highly polished medium sized nickel-silver frets
  • The fingerboard extension over the body has been scooped and inlaid with non-functional nickel-silver fret markers that maintains the traditional look
  • Ivoroid binding on all edges
  • Nitrocellulose finish in a traditional 1920’s Sunburst
  • Vintage-style ebony bridge with small adjustment wheels and a slightly wider string spacing
  • Traditional 2-screw truss rod cover plate
  • Perfectly shaped M-O-P nut with a wider 1 1/8″ width
  • Silver-plated, engraved tailpiece with leather insert
  • High-quality, silver-plated Gotoh® tuners with engraved plate and removable pearloid buttons
  • Shop adjusted
Back and Side Material Solid Maple
Binding Ivoroid
Body Style A-Model
Bridge Material Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Inlay M-O-P Dots
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Finish Sunburst High-gloss Lacquer
Neck /Body Joint Dovetail
Neck Material One-piece Maple
Note Accepts Loop-end Strings Only
Number of Frets Clear 15
Number of Frets Total 29
Nut Material M-O-P
Nut Width 1 1/8″
Peghead Inlay M-O-P Fleur-de-lys / Logo Script
Peghead Overlay Black Composition
Pickguard None
Plating Nickel-plated / Pattern and Logo Stamped
Scale
Length
13 7/8″ (354mm)
Soundhole Shape Traditional F-Hole
Tailpiece 1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover
Top Select Solid Spruce
Top Purfling Multi-ply W-B-W Top and Back Inlay
Truss Rod Traditional Two-Way Adjustable
Tuning Machines Standard Gotoh™ 4-on-a-plate / Removable Grained Ivoroid Buttons

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