The perfect mandolin for beginners.
The A-Solid sacrifices nothing in construction, not even on this most affordable mandolin. The A-Solid is named after its solid wood construction. You won't find cheap laminates on the A-solid - even the top is solid spruce! Solid wood is not only more durable than laminate, it's also much better for the musical instrument's overall tone. Discovering how much fun playing a mandolin can be starts here!
Michael Kelly is proud to offer the widest variety of mandolins available. Since they own their own factory, every Michael Kelly mandolin is built with care to produce the best tone possible. All Michael Kelly mandolins, from the least expensive to the most, feature solid wood construction. With additional features like Grover tuners, radiused fretboards, scooped fretboard extensions and dovetail neck joints, Michael Kelly mandolins are truly "Built on Sound".
- Top: Solid Hand-Carved Spruce
- Back: Solid Hand-Carved Maple
- Sides: Solid Maple
- Construction: Dovetail
- Neck: North American Rock Maple
- Binding: Triple Ply Top
- Nut: Graphtech Tusq
- Tailpiece: Traditional Two-Piece
- Inlay: Pearl Dot
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Tuners: Grover
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Truss Rod: Double Adjustable
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Comments about Michael Kelly Solid A-style Mandolin:
This is a great mandolin, not just for the price, but by any measure I like to think of mandolins as violins for guitar players or guitars for violin players. I think either player could pick this up and have fun immediately. For me, the big selling point was the solid wood construction. Solid wood ages whereas laminate does not and the tone on this mandolin will get even better with time. The tone is already amazing on this mandolin and the price was unbelievable. As a plus, it is also very beautiful. It's hard to imagine how American music makers can compete when items like this are made overseas. It was not perfect, however; there was a little bit of fret buzz at the higher frets that I had to get taken care of. But keep in mind the price that I paid for the entire mandolin is comparable in price to a re-fret. One of the best purchases I have ever made and unbelievably affordable. It's a great instrument and definitely a lifetime purchase.