Presenting the KM-140 Standard A-model Mandolin by Kentucky
Traditional Kentucky A-model mandolins offer players that big sweet tone and easy playability, all priced within the reach of any budget-conscious musician. Saga has now raised the bar even further by upgrading the features of the KM-140 to include a solid top—making this already runaway best-seller even better!
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.
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.
- Solid spruce top
- Maple back and sides
- Solid maple neck with 12th fret neck joint and adjustable truss rod
- Traditional high-gloss sunburst finish
- White body binding with multi-ply top purfling
- Bound rosewood fretboard
- Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
- Nickel-plated hardware
- Classic m-o-p Kentucky script inlay and dot markers
- Deluxe tuning machines with pearloid buttons
- Shop adjusted
- Solid carved Sitka spruce top gives you clean articulation and a crisp, bright tone
- Maple back and sides for a vintage look and warm resonance
- Slim maple neck for comfortable, easy action
- Choice East Indian rosewood fingerboard ensures silky smooth playability
- High-gloss sunburst lacquer finish imparts traditional beauty and luster
- To learn more, please see our Product Description below