Kentucky Artist A-Model Mandolin Model KM-174 in Burgundy

$450.00 (as of March 21, 2018, 1:00 am)


Presenting the KM-174 Standard A-model Mandolin by Kentucky

“Kentucky Artist Collection “”Oval Hole”” A-Model Mandolins combine the best features of traditional 1920’s instruments to provide unique modern instruments with the flexibility to handle today’s demanding performance requirements. Each instrument in the KM-170 series, in addition to the oval sound hole, have bound rosewood fingerboards on a maple necks that join the body at the 10th fret. All topped off with the unmistakable and traditional “”snake-head”” peghead design with rosewood overlay and pearl Kentucky script logo. Available in 3 great colors. “

Traditional Look

Distinctive Design
Wood Selection

Hand-selected and figured maple is used for the backs, sides and necks of all Standard Model Instruments. Choice, narrow-grained solid spruce is used for the tops really brings out the woody articulate tone you’d expect from a quality mandolin. The woods are chosen for their inherent tonal properties and visual appeal, but they are also chosen to help keep the price low without sacrificing quality or tone.


All instruments exhibit refined and artistic workmanship in every detail of construction; following traditional construction methods and techniques handed down to achieve a level of quality that cannot be found in other instrument in this price range. From the dovetail neck body joint, to the delicate lines of the body shape, perfectly applied binding and a top hand-carved and graduated to perfection—the fit and finish is exceptional and the tone cannot be beat.

Fingerboard and Fittings

The fingerboards of all Standard Model instruments are beautifully shaped from top quality ebony for easy playability, durability and beauty. The frets are accurately positioned and polished to perfection, further enhancing playability. The compensated and adjustable bridge is perfectly shaped and allows for minute action adjustments, while the high-quality Gotoh tuners will provide smooth action and tuning accuracy for years to come. String changes are made easy by simply removing the engraved tailpiece to reveal the base; which is made of steel for added durability.


Even our most affordable Kentucky Standard Model mandolins are skillfully finished with a beautiful vintage sunburst made from nitrocellulose lacquer. This type of finish not only looks great and brings out the figure of the woods used during construction, but also provides a durable layer of protection that allows the wood to breath as it ages.

Attention to Detail
Kentucky Standard A-style Mandolins – Affordable mandolins that will help you play like a pro!

For over 30 years, Kentucky has been one of the world leaders in the manufacture of high-quality mandolins for players at every level. Instruments that make up the Standard Series includes affordable A-models with all professional features to those that are a little more expensive and made with features that can be found on professional instruments costing much more. Our line of mid-priced Kentucky mandolins has never offered better value and performance than it does today and you owe it to yourself to try one today. Whether you play Bluegrass, Country, Folk or rock, these instruments have the loud, responsive bark that is so prized by musicians of every type.

Key Features
  • Solid, hand-carved and graduated spruce top in a gloss Burgundy finish
  • Solid, hand-carved Flamed maple back and sides
  • vintage-style body shape with Oval soundhole
  • One piece maple neck with dovetail neck/body joint at the 10th fret
  • Nitrocellulose finish
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with m-o-p dot position markers
  • rosewood peghead overlay with inlaid Kentucky script in pearl
  • vintage-style rosewood bridge with small adjustment wheels
  • Traditional 2-screw truss rod cover plate
  • Bone nut
  • Highly polished nickel-silver frets
  • Nickel-plated tailpiece with leather insert
  • High-quality, nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with engraved plate
  • Shop adjusted

Solid, handcarved and graduated spruce top and solid, handcarved flamed maple back and sides.
Traditional high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Burgundy with an oval sound hole.
Rosewood fingerboard with M.O.P. dot position markers and overlaid Kentucky snakehead with M.O.P. script “Kentucky”.
Nickel-plated tailpiece and high-quality Gotoh tuners with engraved plate.
Neck/body joint at 10th fret.


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