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    Registered User Eric Platt's Avatar
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    Default Is this a refinished top?

    Was just looking this morning and saw this Kentucky KM1500. Looks like a natural or possibly white finished top with sunburst back and sides. Strange.

    Looking around the scroll and 2 points makes me wonder if this was a strip and refinish job? Or was this factory issue? Looks odd if it's factory. But I'm definitely not an expert on these instruments.

    NFI in this one.

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    Registered User jim simpson's Avatar
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    Default Re: Is this a refinished top?

    If not a stripped top and refin, then a re-topped mandolin.
    Cabin Fever String Band, Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries

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    Default Re: Is this a refinished top?

    "Is this a refinished top?" . . . I would say yes.

    If you magnify the closeup of the scroll/fingerboard picture on the musicgoround link, you can see remnants of the original finish and other inconsistencies.

    Anyway, I don't think even a sales sample or prototype would have been made with a gloss sunburst back and a clear or translucent satin top.
    Last edited by rcc56; Nov-29-2019 at 12:03am.

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