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  1. 1920s Gibson Factory Order Numbers location inquiry

    Greetings, Where would I look inside 1920s A style and F style instruments for the ink stamped FON? A quick look around with a flashlight does not reveal anything to my eyes. Thanks in advance, Sam
  2. Japanese Kentucky Octave Mandolin Inquiry

    I was recently informed the Maruko Japan factory crafted some octave mandolins during the early 1980s production period. Any information out there about these instruments? Thanks in advance, Sam
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    Re: Yet Another Kentucky KM-1000 Question

    I have KM-1000 with serial number 009 01 which displays small confined areas of a cloudy finish and 009 15 with most of the finish color clouded, similar to the OP instrument. My judgement is 008015...
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    194188 This photo depicts a broken Loar case handle and the unique straps that appear to be riveted to the multi-layered leather handle. It seems these straps would be required to replicate this...
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    Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    Greetings, the 20s G&S MasterKraft Loar mandolin cases I see online in various photos have the handle replaced with a utility handle or the handle is missing. The nickel plated straps with incised...
  6. Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    After much research I am puzzled an confused about Virzi "tone enhancers". This appurtenance was fitted to 1920s A-4s, F-4s, and F-5s correct? Did other manufacturers offer this product? Who was Mr....
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    Re: Kentucky km1000 serial number age?

    Is the configuration of your serial number "213 85" with a space between the digits, or are all the numbers in sequence "21385"? A front photo of the headstock would be helpful. Best, Sam
  8. Re: Early Kentucky Mandolin Owners! Pre 1991 Serial Number Data B

    Greetings, interesting I have never seen this post from six years ago. Perhaps it is best located in the "Looking for Information about Mandolins " section? I have a number of 80s Maruko factory...
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    Re: KM-1500 Serial Number

    I have serial number prefixes 208, 304, 305, and 306 in my collection. My opinion is 302-14 is circa 1983, an apparent great year for the Maruko factory. How does it sound?
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    Re: "The Kentucky" vs. "Kentucky"

    The "Kentucky" logo positioned high on the headstock face, the silver engraved tailpiece cover, and silver plated tuners reflect 1980s Japanese manufacture. Model KM1000B (black finish) was offered...
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    Re: Identify a Kentucky KM-1000

    Hmmmm? 212 09 How 'bout the 9th instrument manufactured in the 12th month of 1982? There was a series of 000, 100, 200, and 300 prefix serial numbers followed by a space and a two number suffix....
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    Re: Identify a Kentucky KM-1000

    Jeff, I had not seen this ad from 1980. Thanks for posting it. Also, notice the bordered style truss rod cover in the ad photo. This style of TR cover is fitted to 009 01 and 009 15 and also...
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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...
  15. Square 3.3MM shaft tuner button replacement inquiry

    The Made in Japan Kentucky mandolin family tuners of the early 1980s have 3.25MM - 3.3MM square shafts. These shafts are larger than the 2.9MM square shaft replacement buttons offered by Stew-Mac for...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-250SC Mandolin information

    We do not see many of this model it seems because the F hole style (KM-250-S) was more popular with consumers. I have KM-250-SC #196XX and #209XX in my little family of Made in Japan Kentucky brand...
  17. 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: Looking for Kentucky KM 1500 info

    Hello Scott R.,
    I have four KM-1500 Maruko factory Kentucky mandolins in my collection. They do vary in their tonal characteristics. Their serial number prefixes are: 208, 83. 85. and 86....
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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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    Re: Kentucky kh-dawg mandola

    I was pleased to read this thread and learn of another Kentucky KH-DAWG instrument in the hands of a happy owner. I am priveleged to own two of these mandolas, and have become aquainted with one...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-600 info

    dan in va,

    An interesting inquiry.... There is not much information posted or known about the Japanese KM-600 long scale A style mandolins. I do not expect very many were sold during the 1981 -...
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    Re: Kentucky dog model

    May I inquire as to the condition of the Dawg?
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    Re: Kentucky Mandolin KM 1000

    Mr. Labe,

    I was thrilled to read your recent post. You reported, " the KM-1000 you own (206-09) was built in July of 1980".

    I have been logging information with regard the Maruko factory...
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    Re: Kentucky Mandolin KM 1000

    Pat,

    Your mandolin was hand made by Japanese craftsmen in the small Maruko factory probably in 1984. From approx. 1980 to 1986 some very fine instruments were produced at this facility. Have...
  25. Re: Tuner buttons replacement source inquiry...

    Thanks to all for the information and advice..... With no apparent availability of correctly sized replacement buttons, perhaps I should attempt to extend the existing square hole deeper into the...
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