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    Sheephead Shawn
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    Default Kentucky KM380

    What is this comparable to in their present offering in their line of products?
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    These were made at a different location from different plans/spec/materials. There is nothing similar made now.

    Many of these models were similar up until 2007, at that point the KM-250 production was moved and the KM-505 was introduced. The KM-380 had a few changed but remained similar to the past versions. The KM-350/380 were phased out before the move to the new production facility. All the models are from this new facility are complete redesigns.

    The 380 is a nice mandolin, just nothing like the current versions.
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    Default Re: Kentucky KM380

    Thanks Mr Fear From Reno, is it all solid wood Sir? Appreciate your expertise and response.
    Sheephead Shawn

    Weber Black Ice Mando 13'
    Martin D28 95'
    Bailey Custom Luthier Tony Rice Model 09'
    Guild D25 Ox Blood Red 78'
    Kentucky KM380 Mando
    Alvarez Sunburst Beater (first Real one-keep forever) 87'

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    Shawn,

    Yeah, these were all solid. Depending on the year, they were called KM-380 or KM-380S. Either way these were all solid mandolins. The later ones have the abbreviated fingerboard extension. Chinese versions would have been available from 2001 - 2014. The last one I ordered seems to be mid 2014, so that was around the time they were discontinued.

    This one pictured here it is likely circa 2010-2012, don't recall exactly when we took the pics:
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    I think the KM-380 from Japan was, "Hand carved" and the KM-250 was solid - i.e., maybe not hand carved?

    Moving to Korea and then China makes it all complicated and Robert knows about that. Is your KM-380 from Japan?

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    Default Re: Kentucky KM380

    See what happens when you put "Kentucky KM-380" in the thread title?

    You get a bunch of prompt, informed responses; unlike this thread..

    Lots of friendly, helpful people here.
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    See what happens when you put "Kentucky KM-380" in the thread title?
    So true, I quickly glance through titles and read a small portion of threads. Weber black ice, caught my eye on the first thread, but then I read the full title and passed it by.
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    Right on point Allen, thanks. To you, Robert, and all I appreciate the insight man.
    Sheephead Shawn

    Weber Black Ice Mando 13'
    Martin D28 95'
    Bailey Custom Luthier Tony Rice Model 09'
    Guild D25 Ox Blood Red 78'
    Kentucky KM380 Mando
    Alvarez Sunburst Beater (first Real one-keep forever) 87'

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