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Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Acoustic-Electric Bass  

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    Michael Kelly

    Flash style and 5-string thunder.

    The limited-edition Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Acoustic-Electric Bass delivers a unique and elegant look -- from the intricate vine-style inlay carefully made from real pearl and abalone to the resonant body crafted from luxurious quilted maple. The all-maple body produces amazing attack and cut with great acoustic projection. The Fishman MKAB amplification system has a 3-band EQ optimized for acoustic bass and a bridge saddle pickup that provides great string-to-string balance. This 5-string Dragonfly is the latest in a line of successful Michael Kelly-designed limited-edition acoustic basses.

    Features
    • Limited edition
    • 5-string
    • Quilt maple top, back, and sides
    • Fishman MKAB active preamp and pickup system
    • Abalone and mother-of-pearl Dragonfly vine inlay
    • Abalone soundhole inlay
    • Triple binding on the body
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • Die-cast tuners
    • Dual-action truss rod
    • 34" scale length
    • Gloss lacquer finish
    • Advanced-design rosewood bridge

    Change up your style and sound with this acoustic fiver. Order now.

     
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    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    Love my Dragonfly 5

    I have several basses, but I find that I pick up my Michael Kelly very often and sometimes just for five minutes, of not plugging in and adjusting sound, etc. I hardly ever...Read complete review

    I have several basses, but I find that I pick up my Michael Kelly very often and sometimes just for five minutes, of not plugging in and adjusting sound, etc. I hardly ever plug it in, and use it mostly as a personal instrument for my own enjoyment. I can't comment on how it plays at a gig, the only time I have done that was with an acoustic guitar quartet, and I only barely amplified, and it sounded great. I used it for one song in a pit orchestra and it sounded great through the house sound. The original strings were tossed almost immediately. I restrung E, A, D, G, C and I love that set up. I play through the Bach unaccompanied cello suites on the Dragonfly almost every day, and this set up is great. In my big band and my funk band I play a Fender Marcus Miller 4 string, but at home I love the feel and sound of the Michael Kelly. The MK soft case I bought with it has been great, but I'm also pretty careful with it. The fit and finish of the instrument is outstanding, given the price. I have no fret buzz (when I am playing well), and no high spots. I haven't had to adjust the neck at all. I love this bass and wouldn't trade it for the world. (well ok, maybe for the world, but not for much else.)

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    Flawed design, buzzing fretboard..

    I bought the fretless Michael Kelly 5 string acoustic - electric and it had a manufacturer's defect. It was a cosmetic flaw and the store offered to order another one from the factory. The...Read complete review

    I bought the fretless Michael Kelly 5 string acoustic - electric and it had a manufacturer's defect. It was a cosmetic flaw and the store offered to order another one from the factory. The second one was more flawed than the first - the finish around the sound hole had marks, there was extra glue inside the hole and a few scratches on the front of the body. I ended up keeping the first one until a third could be ordered... however, I ended up returning it before then due to serious buzzing on the fretboard. Also, the first time I tried to tune it, the G string snapped and immediately broke. The instrument is lovely to look at - as long as there are no cosmetic flaws - but the sound quality is horrible and they don't seem to have good quality control. Stay away from this product and other Michael Kelly products.

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    5.0

    Playable & Beautiful

    By Michael Kelly

    from Las Vegas now Wisconsin

    I bought my first Gibson Bass in 1959, my Les Paul Bass 1972, EBO 5 in 2002 and this in 2005. My name is Michael Kelly so it looks like a custom with name on head stock. Only bass I work with now. balance well on lap, variety of tones, great neck. Take it from a working bass player of 51 years. "Great Working Bass"

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    5.0

    Elixir strings are a must

    By Icount24good

    from West Coast

    I play upright bass primarily, so I wanted an acoustic 5-string for gigging, for tonal variety. Believe me, this bass is perfect for the job. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND a professional setup though. It's well worth the money. (Trash the original strings, as everyone else seems to recommend. They're not only garbage, they turn your fingers black and stink to high heaven.) The best thing about this bass are the gasps of astonishment from people when they see it. It's absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a $10,000 bass, and the quilted maple and vine inlays take people's breath away. Every single gig, I've had people crowd around it and talk about it endlessly. Between that and the upright, I've actually been getting more gigs just because it screams "class." Not bad for six hundred bucks, huh?Luckily, mine has no flaws whatsoever. The workmanship and electronics are flawless.

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    5.0

    Love my Dragonfly 5

    By Kedrik Merwin

    from Atlanta

    I have several basses, but I find that I pick up my Michael Kelly very often and sometimes just for five minutes, of not plugging in and adjusting sound, etc. I hardly ever plug it in, and use it mostly as a personal instrument for my own enjoyment. I can't comment on how it plays at a gig, the only time I have done that was with an acoustic guitar quartet, and I only barely amplified, and it sounded great. I used it for one song in a pit orchestra and it sounded great through the house sound. The original strings were tossed almost immediately. I restrung E, A, D, G, C and I love that set up. I play through the Bach unaccompanied cello suites on the Dragonfly almost every day, and this set up is great. In my big band and my funk band I play a Fender Marcus Miller 4 string, but at home I love the feel and sound of the Michael Kelly. The MK soft case I bought with it has been great, but I'm also pretty careful with it. The fit and finish of the instrument is outstanding, given the price. I have no fret buzz (when I am playing well), and no high spots. I haven't had to adjust the neck at all. I love this bass and wouldn't trade it for the world. (well ok, maybe for the world, but not for much else.)

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    5.0

    Nice Bass

    By bootlegg

    from Guam

    I bought this as a first bass. Not the best choice for a beginer. My buddy used is in his band. He loved it and recieved many compliments on it's sound. I bought the natural and it's aboslutely beautiful. I love the bass, it's just tough for a beginer.

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    5.0

    Very well pleased

    By HD-.kSfw

    from Lincolnton, GA

    I'm very well pleased with the Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Acoustic-Electric Bass. I've been playing the bass since 63' and could not tell you how many different ones I've played.The first thing I did like some of the other raters was to trash the strings. I was looking for an up-right sound, and opted to try a set of good quality flat-wound strings. The sound was exactly what I was looking for. The workmanship in my bass is very good, no complaints what so ever. The only down side for me is the thickness of the body. I have to admit though that when we start playing the faster stuff, I do swap out for the "J" Bass. I would highly recommend this bass if you're looking for something different. I've also had many good compliments on the sound and the appearance of the instrument.

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    5.0

    If shopping for one, Try the Dragonfly!!

    This acoustic/electric bass is great. Got it over Christmas and could not be happier!!! The sound unplugged is amazing. It is a very comfortable instrument to play right out of the box. Amplified it sounds just as well. The pickup sounds great and gives the instrument great dynamic control for all styles. Love it!!

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    3.0

    Great comments from audience

    By Trid

    from abilene tx

    The original strings are trash, I put set of D'Addario phos bronze on it and rec'd nothing but great comments, and where can I get one. No buzzing, No complaints from me. I would buy another without question. Played around 100 gigs so far no problems.

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    5.0

    Very nice...

    By RasorZedge

    from Keizer, OR

    First thing.. lose the strings and get a set of real bass strings. I lost the low B and went with a high B and the stock string wouldn't handle it. The only problem out of the box was one high fret. There were no defects. This is a beautiful bass and a pleasure to play.

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    2.0

    Flawed design, buzzing fretboard..

    By Sandybeach514

    from San Francisco

    I bought the fretless Michael Kelly 5 string acoustic - electric and it had a manufacturer's defect. It was a cosmetic flaw and the store offered to order another one from the factory. The second one was more flawed than the first - the finish around the sound hole had marks, there was extra glue inside the hole and a few scratches on the front of the body. I ended up keeping the first one until a third could be ordered... however, I ended up returning it before then due to serious buzzing on the fretboard. Also, the first time I tried to tune it, the G string snapped and immediately broke. The instrument is lovely to look at - as long as there are no cosmetic flaws - but the sound quality is horrible and they don't seem to have good quality control. Stay away from this product and other Michael Kelly products.

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    5.0

    Very nice bass

    By Joe Scott

    from Groton, CT

    I recently recieved mine and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I am extremely happy with this bass. I had to tweak the truss rod a little on delivery, but once I got it set the way I like, I was very pleased with the action and sound. Once I plugged it in I was blown away, what great tone. The on board EQ gave me a sound I never thought possible. I'm thinking of buying the 5-string fretless version next. I highly recommend this bass. Thank you Michael Kelley.

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