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Kentucky Announces New Master Model KM-900 Mandolin

By Mandolin Cafe
December 17, 2009 - 8:15 am

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San Francisco, Calif. — The Kentucky Mandolin company has announced production of the new Master Model KM-900 mandolin, the design inspired by the original Gibson A5 mandolin signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on September 20, 1923.

Specs:
Adirondack Spruce
Figured Michigan Maple
Hand carved and graduated
Slim, v-shaped neck
Two-piece Ebony compensated adjustable bridge
Cremona brown sunburst
Nitro-cellulose finish for protection and optimum tonal response

This new addition to the Kentucky line is expected to be on display at the upcoming Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, held January 14-17, 2010.

Suggested retail is $1,295.

Additional information:
Purchase: From amazon.com

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Keith Erickson
December 17, 2009 11:30 AM
Oh my goodness....................I wish there was a drewl emoticon. I can't wait to hear how this sounds!!!!

Hat's off and cheers !!!!
Scott Tichenor
December 17, 2009 11:34 AM
We'd been waiting for details on the suggested retail price and just received that and updated the article. It's $1,295.
Keith Erickson
December 17, 2009 11:58 AM
Quote from Scott Tichenor: We'd been waiting for details on the suggested retail price and just received that and updated the article. It's $1,295. End Quote

Scott,

Thank you for the update. This is truly exciting and outstanding. My suggestion is to add a drewl emoticon ;-)

This Kentucky looks absolutely beautiful!!!
ColdBeerGoCubs
December 17, 2009 07:45 PM
Michigan Maple......don't see that often (I don't think), very cool.
Jill McAuley
December 18, 2009 12:31 PM
I'm really looking forward to playing one of these - wonder what price we'll see them going at vs. the suggested retail price?

Cheers,
Jill
Rick Schmidlin
December 18, 2009 01:45 PM
This may be the affordable A I have been looking for.
Glassweb
December 18, 2009 02:21 PM
why anyone would (these days) release a commercial run of a new mandolin with a full fingerboard extension is beyond me. i mean, i know WHY they did it, but don't they realize that everyone and his brother has been afflicted with "pickclickaphobia"? still, i much prefer the "full-monty" as opposed the dreaded "black tongue" - the most ridiculous looking curse to ever hit good mandolin design!

yeah, i know... ask me how i REALLY feel...
f5loar
December 18, 2009 06:59 PM
I was glad to see a full board. It's the best imitation of the real deal I've seen mass produced. But does it sound as good as the real deal? If it is up there with the KM1000 it should be pretty stout sounding.
Mike Bromley
January 04, 2010 12:47 PM
Is it my eye, or is the bridge not centered on the top? It looks almost as though the f-holes and bridge are neckward of the center. Kinda like an F-7, but in the wrong direction.
sgarrity
January 04, 2010 01:41 PM
And have you seen that they've come out with a prototype for a KM1500?? The first one is at the Mandolin Store. It looks real, real nice!!
eightstringsaweek
January 04, 2010 01:55 PM
Quote from Mike Bromley: Is it my eye, or is the bridge not centered on the top? It looks almost as though the f-holes and bridge are neckward of the center. Kinda like an F-7, but in the wrong direction. End Quote

Yep, just like the one and only original:
http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?51
evanreilly
November 13, 2011 01:28 PM
[SIZE=2]Well, after waiting patiently and looking at quite a few ads, I got a used one (rat-cheer in the classifieds!!). First impressions are that it is very clean workmanship and assembly; then that it sounds very loud & clear I had a KM-1500 years ago and I always thought it was over-finished and heavy and dull sounding. This one is not!!!![/SIZE]
Clement Barrera-Ng
November 13, 2011 08:36 PM
Evan -congrats. Did you get a KM-900 or KM-1500?
evanreilly
November 13, 2011 09:50 PM
[SIZE=2]I got a KM-900; much better than the old KM-1500, which had issues and needed to go back to Japan once. Second time it had issues, I just used superglue!!!
By the way, how is the aluminum saddle doing for you? [/SIZE]
Clement Barrera-Ng
November 14, 2011 09:46 PM
Evan - it's encouraging to hear that you think the new KM900 is even better than the old KM1500. I have had mine for a couple months, and I am constantly surprised by how good it sounds. I got to listen to mine being played by a friend the other day, right after he played his Apitius F style. The 10-year old Apitius sounds absolutely fantastic and loud, but I was surprised to hear my KM-900 - strung with Thomastiks Stark- sound almost as loud and held its own. Not too shabby for under 1K!

As for the aluminum saddle - I was going to put it on an old Gibson A, but just didn't get around to having it sent it for installation. It's due for a refret next year, so I'll probably get it installed at the same time. Thanks for asking.

Enjoy!
evanreilly
November 15, 2011 10:17 AM
[SIZE=2]I was never really happy with the old KM-1500; I wanted an F-5 style real basd, and that was the best immediately around, maybe 30 years ago. So, I bought it.
But the 'new' KM-900 is head and shoulders above it. the finish under the fingerboard extension is real clean, and the binding joints are excellent. And it plays and sounds great as well!!!![/SIZE]
45ACP-GDLF5
November 15, 2011 11:23 AM
Quote from evanreilly: [SIZE=2]I was never really happy with the old KM-1500; I wanted an F-5 style real basd, and that was the best immediately around, maybe 30 years ago. So, I bought it.
But the 'new' KM-900 is head and shoulders above it. the finish under the fingerboard extension is real clean, and the binding joints are excellent. And it plays and sounds great as well!!!![/SIZE] End Quote


Hey Evan, I've got one of the old KM-1000's from 1980. We need to get together and compare tones!
evanreilly
November 15, 2011 12:55 PM
Quote from 45ACP-GDLF5: Hey Evan, I've got one of the old KM-1000's from 1980. We need to get together and compare tones! End Quote

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