In response to the demands of many contemporary-style mandolin players, the new KM-950 features a compound radius fingerboard with medium-sized frets for extremely comfortable, fast, and accurate playability for the fretting hand, and a scooped extension over the body making room for a more aggressive rhythm chop of the right hand, common to many pro-level players.
Combined, the wider nut and overall fingerboard width, and bridge saddle spacing than traditional vintage instruments, this new A-model is made to play! Most of these player-friendly features are not new and were first pioneered by Kentucky in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s on our legendary mandolins, produced in collaboration with the world-renowned New York luthier, John Monteleone.
In every other respect, the new KM-950 conforms to our ever-popular KM-900 with its hand-carved and graduated solid spruce top and hand-carved and graduated solid figured maple back, sides and neck assuring superb craftsmanship in every feature.
Solid carved Adirondack spruce top provides you with superior note clarity and volume to spare
Solid flamed Michigan maple back and sides ensure extra punch
Slim maple neck for comfortable, easy action
Radiused premium ebony fingerboard gives extra durability and striking good looks
High-gloss lacquer sunburst finish for vintage look and appeal
Back and Side Material: Solid Flamed Alpine Maple
Body Style: A-Model
Bridge Material: Polished Ebony with Adjustment Wheels
Fingerboard Inlay: M-O-P Dots
Fingerboard Material: Radiused Ebony
Finish: Sunburst High-gloss Lacquer
Neck /Body Joint: Dovetail
Neck Material: One-piece Alpine Maple
Note: Accepts Loop-end Strings Only
Number of Frets Clear: 15
Number of Frets Total: 29
Nut Material: Pearl
Nut Width: 1 1/8 in.
Peghead Inlay: M-O-P Fleur-de-lys / Logo Script
Peghead Overlay: Black Composition
Plating: Nickel-plated / Pattern and Logo Stamped
Scale Length: 13 7/8 in. (354mm)
Soundhole Shape: Traditional F-Hole
Tailpiece: 1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover
Top: Select Solid Spruce
Top Purfling: Multi-ply W-B-W Top and Back Inlay
Truss Rod: Vintage Single Adjusting
Tuning Machines: Standard Gotoh™ 4-on-a-plate / Removable Grained Ivoroid Buttons