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NAMM 2022: Michael Kelly announces four new electric guitar models | Guitare.com

NAM 2022: Michael Kelly Guitars got into the spirit of the season with the announcement of four new electric guitar models in their 1950, 1960 and Hybrid collections.

The Hybrid 55T, Hybrid 60 port, 59 Port Thinline and 1962 Flame have joined the brand’s lineup of offerings, which includes a range of solid and semi-hollow body electric guitars since their move away from producing acoustic basses and guitars. mandolins 15 years ago.

1962 Flame. Credit: Michael Kelly Guitars

The 1962 and 1962 Flame ($449.99) is touted as a combination of classic looks and modern features, blending a modern C-profile, 22 frets and matching headstock with a double cutaway shape for easy access to upper frets. The guitar uses a contoured basswood body with a roasted flamed maple neck.

From a hardware perspective, the 1962 and 1962 Rockfield PAF humbuckers sport flames with a built-in mini toggle switch that allows for impromptu coil separation. Die-cast tuners and a two-point floating tremolo system have also been incorporated.

Hybrid port 60
Hybrid Port 60. Credit: Michael Kelly Guitars

The Hybrid 60 Port ($499.99) delivers both electric and acoustic tones thanks to a pair of single coils and a single piezo pickup under the saddle. A built-in five-way switch also allows players to switch between electric and acoustic sounds or a combination of the two to create a highly flexible guitar.

The guitar’s appointments are a semi-hollow mahogany body and a spalted maple top with a roasted flamed maple neck in a modern C-shape.

Hybrid 55T
Hybrid 55T. Credit: Michael Kelly Guitars

The Hybrid 55T ($999.99) offers tonal flexibility seen in the Hybrid 60 port, as it is equipped with two coil-splitting Rockfield SWC humbuckers and a Fishman Powerbridge pickup system. The Hybrid 55T’s onboard pickup selector is three-way, although using a Y-cable may allow players to separate acoustic and electric outputs.

The understated all-black look of the guitar uses a mahogany body with a black satin finish, black binding, black pickguard and ebony fingerboard.

59-port slimline
59 Port Thinline. Credit: Michael Kelly Guitars

Finally, the semi-hollow 59-port Thinline ($379.99) offers a visual accent in transparent blue or transparent red that shows off the grain of the wood underneath. Rounding out this model’s looks are two Rockfield P-90 pickups which, according to Michael Kelly, provide “warm tones with screaming bite when pushed into overdrive.”

The mahogany body and highly figured spalted maple top sport an offset rosette and side port that the brand claims improves resonance.

More information at michaelkellyguitars.com.