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    They're asking $1000 CDN ($750ish US). Good price? - I can't rationalise spending that anyway, but curious.

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    I've sold three of these, I think ... but never for quite that much. They are cool instruments, though.
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    Default Re: 1990 Kentucky 4-string

    They cost a little over $700 thirty years ago, IIRC ...
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    Default Re: 1990 Kentucky 4-string

    Seller says this is less than he paid back then, but he could have been ripped off, or the CDN price could have been that mush more as was/is often the case.

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    I have one of these, bought about 12 years ago, and it's one of my favorite instruments.

    The build quality is high--flamey maple neck, nice spruce top on a chambered hardwood body), nice binding and finish work.

    The semi-hollow construction gives it a lively, snappy tone plugged in, and the pickup placement makes it very trebly and cutting. I think of it as the mando equivalent of a cross between and ES-335 and a Les Paul Junior.

    I noticed that the pickup on the one you're looking at is different. Mine has what looks like half a Precision Bass pickup. I'd be interested in checking out how the one you're looking at sounds.

    I didn't like the elaborate brass OEM bridge, so I replaced it with a Cumberland Acoustics ebony bridge, which the nice folks there made up for me with a flat base. That took a bit of the ice-pick edge and made it a little woodier sounding. I also ditched the pickguard, which I thought was ugly, changed the tuners for Gotoh minis, added a black tailpiece, and a strap button for the upper horn.

    Next step for me is to have it refretted with taller and wider fretwire, and a new nut ( the spacing on mine if just random enough to bother me).

    I don't remember exactly what I paid for it, but I think it was around $500 back then, and I bought it from a dealer.

    I keep an eye out for these and have only seen a couple or a few on the market over the years, so I think it's a fairly rare bird.


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    There's one that has popped up on Craigslist from time to time at $895.
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    Default Re: 1990 Kentucky 4-string

    Here's one with a couple of small issues, also listed in the Cafe classifieds.

    https://raleigh.craigslist.org/msg/d...766816758.html
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