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    The Loar 590 or Kentucky km 606 ?

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    Registered User Doug Brock's Avatar
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    KC MO

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    What is your mandolin background? Do you already have a mandolin or are you just starting out? What kinds of music do you play or are interested in playing?
    Last edited by Doug Brock; Oct-26-2020 at 4:15pm.
    Doug Brock
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    Be Wild Zach Wilson's Avatar
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    Kent, Washington

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    The Loar LM 590

    Top: Solid Hand-Carved Spruce
    Back & Sides: Solid Hand-Carved Maple
    Neck: Hard Rock Maple
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Headstock Inlay: "The Loar" Mother-of-Pearl
    Finish Type: Satin
    Finish Options: Tobacco Sunburst
    Tuning Machines: Grover with Pearloid Buttons
    Scale Length: 13-3/4"
    Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
    Frets: 20
    Binding: Ivoroid
    Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
    Upper Bout: 6-3/4"
    Lower Bout: 10"
    Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8"
    Depth: 2-1/2"
    Body Length: 12-3/4"
    Total Length: 27-1/4"

    Kentucky KM 606

    Back and Side Material: Solid Maple
    Bridge Material: Polished Santos Rosewood with Adjustment Wheels
    Fingerboard Inlay: M-O-P Dots
    Fingerboard Material: Santos Rosewood
    Finish: Hand-rubbed stain with satin lacquer finish
    Neck / Body Joint: Modern Locking Dovetail
    Neck Material: One-piece Maple
    Note: Accepts Loop-end Strings Only
    Number of Frets Clear: 12
    Number of Frets Total: 22
    Nut Material: Bone
    Nut Width: 1 1/8"
    Peghead Inlay: M-O-P Kentucky Logo Script
    Peghead Overlay: Black
    Plating: Nickel-plated / Pattern and Logo Stamped
    Scale Length: 13 7/8" (354mm)
    Soundhole Shape: Traditional F-Hole
    Tailpiece: 1920s-style Stamped Brass / Press-fit Cover
    Top: Solid Spruce
    Truss Rod:Traditional Two-Way Adjustable
    Tuning Machines: Deluxe 4-on-a-plate

    I'm guessing with the right set up both would be equal to each other. Which finish do you like?

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    Hi, I have an old Ibanez F style from the 70's....not much neck angle and getting the bridge to fit is a pain. I'm 69 years and want ONE good mandolin to play.
    I'm trying to get the best I can afford, like the finish on both and was wondering which would be the best one to purchase

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    Any particular reason that you have limited yourself to those two? The reason I ask is because if you are considering buying those new then it puts you into a budget area where you might consider some others. Whatever you buy, if you buy it from a forum sponsor it will arrive properly setup which will make your life a lot easier.

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