The KM-1000 Kentucky Master Model Mandolin was introduced in the late 1970s in response to players’ and collectors’ requests for a mandolin that duplicated the best vintage instruments in every point of tone, appearance and finish.
Kentucky Master Models are again being constructed to the same standard of quality. Only the finest American spruce and maple is hand-carved and graduated for the tops and backs. Deluxe 14:1 reverse tuners, Pre-war style ebony bridge and side-striped w/b/w ivoroid body binding all reek vintage.
Take a trip back to the early 20s on the Kentucky time machine...it is surprisingly affordable.
- Solid, hand-carved and graduated select red spruce top
- Solid, flat-sawn, hand-carved select highly flamed maple back and sides from Northern Michigan
- One-piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 15th fret
- Nitro-cellulose finish in a traditional 1920’s sunburst
- Rosewood fingerboard with M.O.P. dot position markers and 29 fret extension over the body
- Ivoroid binding on all edges
- Rosewood peghead overlay with Kentucky script and original-design “Flower Pot” inlaid in pearl
- Vintage-style bridge with small adjustment wheels
- Traditional 2-screw truss rod cover plate
- Perfectly shaped M.O.P. nut
- Highly polished nickel-silver frets
- Silver-plated, engraved tail-piece with leather insert
- High-quality, nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate and removable buttons
- Shop adjusted