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    Re: Identify a Kentucky KM-1000

    Greetings, I have a collection of Made in Maruko, Japan Kentucky mandolin family instruments. Included are KM-1000 009 01 and 009 15 with others. In my opinion, 009 04 is crafted circa 1980. The...
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    Re: Gotoh Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The square shafts on my 1980s Kentucky Japanese mandolin instruments measure 3.25MM. The Stew-Mac buttons are cut for a 2.9MM square shaft. I posted an inquiry in the builders / repair forum seeking...
  3. Re: Super Rare 1980's Kentucky KH-600 Mandola

    Hi Eric, I purchased my first Made in Japan Kentucky Master Model instrument about 20 years ago and went on a mission to acquire at least one of each model crafted in the Maruko factory. I purchased...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1000 Japanese-era All Black

    Your Kentucky mandolin is a model KM-1000B. The factory offered a black finish option, but did not stamp the label with the B suffix. Also of interest, the KM-1004 models (short scale F-4 style) were...
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