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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    Quote Originally Posted by G. Fisher View Post
    Mystery solved.

    I the checked with the original owner and he received the mandolin new with the two piece heel.
    I would return it, and demand a full refund including the return shipping.
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    Solid, hand-carved and graduated select spruce top
    Solid, flat-sawn, hand-carved select flamed maple back and sides
    One-piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 15th fret
    Nitro-cellulose finish in a traditional 1920’s sunburst
    Ebony fingerboard with M.O.P. dot position markers
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    Ebony peghead overlay with Kentucky script and "Fluer du Lys" inlaid in pearl
    Vintage-style ebony bridge with small adjustment wheels
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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    It just came to my attention which mandolin this is. I worked on it a few months back. Installed a CA bridge, scooped the board, fret dress and setup. It was a nice example and I don't recall anything wrong with the neck joint. While it sure looks like the finish is cracking in the images, I would say that it is probably fine.
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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    In the first photo it appears to have a hump around the 11th to 14th fret. If it does have a hump there that is another reason for concern of a neck pull. By the way, super photos. Wish I could post them that good.
    It's amazing what free advice you can get from this forum.

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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    Quote Originally Posted by f5loar View Post
    In the first photo it appears to have a hump around the 11th to 14th fret.
    I think it's just barrelling distortion from excessive close up. If it were really humped like that, the patched heel block would be the least of Greg's worries!

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    Quote - "If it were really humped like that, the patched heel block would be the least of Greg's worries! ".Very true houseworker. My Weber "A" style 'Beartooth' developed a hump like that & was un-playable above the 9th fret.
    If Robert's worked on it like he says,i'd trust his word on it.He's also there for advice if anything serious does go wrong with it,
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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    Since KY`s advertisement says"One piece neck" I would think the dealer would have caught this one, Maybe you all think it doesn`t matter but it would to me, if anything goes wrong with this down the road the dealer or Ky wouldn`t honor a warranty would they?...I don`t know if they sell "seconds" or not but this looks like it might be one...

    I`d sent it back real quick like....

    Willie

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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    I had a KM1500 that looked perfect upom purchase. However,, after a few months,,I noticed the
    same type of distinct line beginning to appear, showing a 2 piece heel.
    I sent some pics. to Dennis @ the Mandolin store where I bought it, and He asked for it back and immediatly
    replaced it. Maybe it;s a process that Kentucky sometimes uses, but I don't think you could sell it looking like that
    and get a decent return on your investment. I haven't seen this condition on American made mandos,, perhaps we could here from
    some of our builders on this.
    MITCH

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    Default Re: KM900 neck heel question

    Some builders might do it but cover it up with black or dark finish so it isn`t noticed, maybe that is why Ky changed to a darker finish on the later KM-900`s....Just saying...

    Willie

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