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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Michael Kelly guitars

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Jun 5th, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anybody have any hands-on experience with this brand. Their ads are all over the net. They look very nice, but you can't tell how they feel and sound online.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Jun 5th, 2017 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

My guitarist has a few of their guitars - they are impressive and are favorites of his.

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Jun 5th, 2017 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a MK fretless acoustic bass. It hit all the markers of a good instrument and was nice looking too. I sold it before moving south, wish I still had it.

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Jun 5th, 2017 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just got one for my birthday.

link to thread in lefty forum

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Jun 5th, 2017 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

... and another lefty bought one recently.

Internal link

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Jun 5th, 2017 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used to own a MK LP-style guitar that was really nice. I only got rid of it once I bought my Gibson LP Trad Pro II.

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Manchester, TN

12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Jun 5th, 2017 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had one years ago, finally sold it for kind of a stupid reason, but when I turned the volume all the way down, you could still hear it when playing through an amp. I had changed the pickups out on it, but don't think that was the problem. I guess I'll never know, now.... Very nice guitar, though!

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Jun 6th, 2017 02:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mrs. vomer has an MK Club Custom 4 acoustic bass. Laminate body with solid cedar top, really nice guitar. Great attention to detail in finish, binding, inlays, etc, and sounds good though according to reviews apparently not as loud as some acoustic basses. I haven't anything to compare it to but it seems loud enough to me.

Some budget features which let it down and I've changed out, cheap plastic nut and bridge pins. Definitely on our list of guitars we won't sell.

I would love a 6 string acoustic in the same style but it seems they don't make them in this spec. I played another of their 6 string acoustics in a pawn shop a couple of months ago and it wasn't so good. I'll see if I can get a pic up later.

Edit: Big coincidence, these almost never come up for sale here, we bought ours in the States, but I just checked my regular local search on ebay and there's a 5 string version recently posted:

Ebay UK link

(This message was last edited by vomer at 04:52 AM, Jun 6th, 2017)

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Northern VA

The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid
Jun 6th, 2017 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an acoustic model N-2? that I somehow acquired several years ago...honestly can't remember how I came to own it. It's not a bad inexpensive guitar at all. It's not as good as my Gibson...but it's still got a great tone and seems well built. The average listener wouldn't know it's priced to be essentially a starter guitar...it certainly doesn't sound like one. I keep it strung up for Nashville tuning and it's worked out great. Did have to file a few fret ends down because they were sharp, that's the only flaw I could find.



Say what one more time!
Jun 6th, 2017 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have been looking at these lately myself. I like the Tele styles with a couple humbuckers.

This one

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jun 6th, 2017 11:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Big coincidence, these almost never come up for sale here..."

One has popped up here that has caught my eye as well.

Any of you MK owners know how their serial numbers work?
I'd be keen to make an offer but can't decipher if it's a '08 or '13 model. Age one way or the other would definitely be a consideration in my offer.

It's one of the lower based LP-style models (Patriot Standard) but it's in near new condition and if I could get it for the right price, well...

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Jun 7th, 2017 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know how their serial numbers work.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Jun 7th, 2017 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

The model that interests me hasn't been made (yet) - a licensed version of a Rick Turner five string ABG. They've done four stringers, and they're very impressive.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 8th, 2017 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Years ago one of the local pushers was a supplier of MK guitars. The only one I ever played was overly blinged out with some sort of vine inlay all across the fretboard and I continually lost my way and ended up sharp by a whole step almost each time.

That, and on a 600 buck guitar, the knobs wobbled like a drunk on Sunset....Turned me right off...

Tyrone Shuz


I'm all in!
Jun 8th, 2017 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer PRS SE's to these. I have played two I think and both were decent, neither one blew me away, one was kinda dead sounding, but seemed to be built well.


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Jun 9th, 2017 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm digging mine (see Leftee's link).



Jun 11th, 2017 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a MK Hybrid Special. Love it. Mine is very nicely built, the fretwork is level and polished, action very low, knobs are all solid, nut is synthetic graphite. The guitar is chambered mahogany hogged out from one piece and is heavy, probably second only to an eleven pound Tele I own, beating out three Les Pauls for weight. It's a beautiful thing with abalone block inlays and a quilted maple top.

I can highly recommend MK guitars, based on mine.

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