Introducing the KM-950 and KM-1050 Kentucky Mandolins
By Mandolin Cafe
June 30, 2013 - 5:00 pm
L-R: KM-950 and KM-1050 Kentucky Mandolins
San Francisco, Calif. — Saga Music, creator of Kentucky Mandolins has announced the launch of two new models, the Kentucky Master Model KM-950 A model mandolin and Kentucky Master Model KM-1050 F model mandolin.
The new KM-950 features a compound radius fingerboard with larger frets and scooped extension over the body and a wider nut and bridge saddle spacing than traditional vintage instruments.
All of these player-friendly features were first pioneered in the late 1970's and early 1980's by Kentucky on legendary mandolins, produced in collaboration with the world-renowned New York luthier, John Monteleone, and players such as David Grisman.
While most traditional Bluegrass players prefer the authenticity of a flat fingerboard with the small frets conforming to the 1920's vintage originals, Kentucky wanted to also please the younger players of contemporary mandolin music who have been asking for a little something more. 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.
At first glance, the new KM-1050 shares similar specifications to the KM-1000 but with several Pro-level, player-friendly features.
Each instrument features a highly polished ebony fingerboard with a compound radius for increased comfort and improved playability, a wider nut and saddle for more comfortable string spacing, larger frets that are taller and wider than those usually found on vintage instruments, and a skillfully scooped fingerboard extension with delicately inlaid nickel-silver fret markers to retain that traditional look.
Like all Master Model Kentucky Mandolins, the KM-1050 features a hand-carved and expertly graduated Adirondack spruce top, and a back, sides and slim, v-shaped neck carved from a single piece of select Northern Maple assure the best tone possible.
- Kentucky Mandolins
- Kentucky KM-950 MSRP: $1,495.00
- Kentucky KM-1050 MSRP: $2,195.00
Kentucky Master Model KM-950 and KM-1050 Mandolins
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I've been vacillating between getting a KM-1000 or a vintage KM-1500. Now I have to do more research.
Wonder why the F-(sound)holes are so much larger on the KM-1050? Their area looks about twice that of the A-model. Is the A-body that much more resonant?
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Mine will arrive on Wednesday.
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Hey I picked up a 950 a few months ago from the Mandolin Store and I think it's the best deal out there,I was blown away with the tone,craftsmanship and playability the neck is perfect. However I wasn't satisfied with the 14in radius and made the leap and had the fret board radiused to 10" and it's incredible well worth the $300 cost.The only other thing I would do to the mando is add a pickguard because the finish is rather sensitive to finger nail nicks.My next purchase is going to be the KM1050 and can't wait.