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Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5-String Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass   

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From the intricate vine-style inlay carefully made from real pearl and abalone to the resonant body crafted from luxurious quilted maple, the limited...Read More

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Deep, growling fretless tone combined with elegant limited-edition looks.

From the intricate vine-style inlay carefully made from real pearl and abalone to the resonant body crafted from luxurious quilted maple, the limited-edition Dragonfly 5-String Fretless bass delivers a unique and elegant look. 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. The unlined fretboard has side dots located where they would be on a standard fretted bass and additional small and unobtrusive dots on the top clearly marking the fret position. The 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
  • Unlined fretless fingerboard w/small guide dots
  • 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
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4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Awesome Fretless ABG

This bass is fantastic. I bought this bass online having never played it, but after reading all the positive reviews I knew it had to be good. The strings that it comes with...Read complete review

This bass is fantastic. I bought this bass online having never played it, but after reading all the positive reviews I knew it had to be good. The strings that it comes with our crap but what do you expect? I'm an upright bassist and this bass gives an upright bass a run for its money, at gigs I have a tough time deciding whether I should play the upright or the kelly because they both give a smilar but unique sound. It's got a great sound unplugged, it's a perfect sized bass, not much bigger than an acoustic guitar but it still projects astonishingly especially compared to similar sized bass's. When you plug it in its a "wow", the fishman pickup sounds amazing, and I love the plug in through the strap nut at the bottom. It's also great if you're new to the fretless bass because it has the suddle fret guideline dots along the board. I was initially concerned when I first got it because there was some major buzzing on the low B even after a truss rod adjustment but after feeling the fretboard carefully I found 2 very small bumps of crud along the side of the board which was all it took to make that insane buzz. After I picked off the 2 little spots it was all set! I'd definetely reccomend getting the hard case that goes with it, you won't regret it! Beautiful sound, I went with the Thomastik Acousticore strings, they're pricey but well worth it, especially if you want that upright bass sound.

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Beautuful, yet flawed

This is an absolutely beautiful bass that plays nicely and sounds great both acoustically and through the Fishman pickup. Unfortunately, the one I played (and owned for 4 days) had a terrible string...Read complete review

This is an absolutely beautiful bass that plays nicely and sounds great both acoustically and through the Fishman pickup. Unfortunately, the one I played (and owned for 4 days) had a terrible string buzzing problem in the upper octave. Even the tech at Guitar Center could get it out after quite a bit of tweaking. From what I've read now, this seems to be a pretty common complaint.

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5.0

Dragonfly 5 String ABG

By MadDawg

from Chicagoland

I have been eyeing these for a couple of years and finally broke down and bought one. Quality of finish brings out the pattern in the quilted maple. Machine tuners are fairly accurate. However, strung from the factory, the strings are mushy and hard to register on a vibration sensing tuner. Recommended Thomastik-Acousticore replacements---not cheap but well worth it! Sensitivity of the Fishman electronics, especially the volume control, is ify but adequate. Intonation is no longer a part of the instrument but the player is responsible now! Have the guitar properly set up and have a good tech restring for you to insure proper installation. All in all a great value for the buck!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Gorgeous but Unfinished Work of Art

By A Radical Whig in Chattanooga

from Weekends - Tennessee. Weekdays - Alabama

I had read that Michael Kelly Guitars were Korean made. The Dragonfly Basses are, in fact, Chinese.The 5 String Fretless Dragonfly is absolutely gorgeous. It comes with a name brand set of strings; but being roundwound, they are inappropriate. That doesn't make them bad; just wrong.As it came in, there was quite a bit of buzz, & because parts were stuck, I was afraid of breaking it (inexperience may have had something to do with that fear!). I took it in to a local shop in Chattanooga for a setup.The gentleman worked on it for well over two hours. He remarked that the CNC machining was excellent, but that there was none of the required hand work to take off the rough edges. This was noted in several different locations. The roundwounds actually caused problems in the string changeover to nylon clad flatwounds due to their impressions in the anchor pegs & their holes.However, once he was done, the sound was stunning.The Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5 Fretless I received was basically an uncompleted product. However; after a good set-up, it is a great sounding bass. It is a work of art.Background:I played Bass Violin up to ~38 years ago. I figured the Fretless Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar was the best way to take up where I left off so many years ago.

 
4.0

Own both Fretted & Fretless

By Pouasse

from New Brunswick, Canada

I own both the Fretted & fretless 5 string... I prefer my fretted... but the fretless has a nice sound to it as well. For the cost, you get what you pay for...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Fretless ABG

By Magzz

from Fall River, MA

This bass is fantastic. I bought this bass online having never played it, but after reading all the positive reviews I knew it had to be good. The strings that it comes with our crap but what do you expect? I'm an upright bassist and this bass gives an upright bass a run for its money, at gigs I have a tough time deciding whether I should play the upright or the kelly because they both give a smilar but unique sound. It's got a great sound unplugged, it's a perfect sized bass, not much bigger than an acoustic guitar but it still projects astonishingly especially compared to similar sized bass's. When you plug it in its a "wow", the fishman pickup sounds amazing, and I love the plug in through the strap nut at the bottom. It's also great if you're new to the fretless bass because it has the suddle fret guideline dots along the board. I was initially concerned when I first got it because there was some major buzzing on the low B even after a truss rod adjustment but after feeling the fretboard carefully I found 2 very small bumps of crud along the side of the board which was all it took to make that insane buzz. After I picked off the 2 little spots it was all set! I'd definetely reccomend getting the hard case that goes with it, you won't regret it! Beautiful sound, I went with the Thomastik Acousticore strings, they're pricey but well worth it, especially if you want that upright bass sound.

 
5.0

Michael Kelly fretless acoustic/electric 5 string

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

An amazing bass, a friend of mine owns it, and I play it often. Great tone, great sound. Overall great instrument.

 
5.0

Great Acoustic Bass

By Carl Hinson

from California

Purchased the bass from Musicians Friend. It was shipped to Japan. Out of the box, tuned right up and played wonderfully. The hidden dots made the transition from fretted to fretless a lot less frightening. Didn't like the fact that the round wound strings were cutting up the fret board. (Since replaced with flat wounds) Minor thing when taking in the sheer beauty and playability of the instrument. Have played over one hundred hours on the instrument at church and weekly have to make the difficult choice whether to play this bass or my electric bass.

 
5.0

MK Dragonfly 5 string fretless bass

By Jerry E. Palmer

from Arkansas

I've owned this bass for about 2 years & have been very happy with it. Only mods have been nylon flat-wound strings. I play mainly Praise & Worship with some 'oldies' rock. Use the guitar both onstage & in a church. Has very good sound & playability plus I've had no problems with it. Much better sound than Ibanez AEB10 fretted 4 string I also own. Be sure to get the factory hard-case. Well worth the extra $$$.

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By Jim Hobbs

from West Linn, OR

I purchased a Michael Kelly 5 string fretless almost 2 years ago. I took the intial buzz out of the neck with a quarter turn of the truss rod. After that I was in bliss. I personally like the old bass better than the new ones I've recently played. The necks on new ones are not as petite feeling as mine & I have A/B'd mine against the new ones & I couldn't hear any difference in the sound of the new Fishman module & my Classic 4. They even look the same except for the logo. I put a sound hole plug in mine which helps restrain feedback. I actually like the sound better as the strings got older & flatter (less string noise) I have & will put on a set of Labella Deeptalkers to see what difference that makes in the future. In summary, I love this bass and most people unfamiliar with Michael Kelly think it's a boutique bass. I always grab it when I'm running a traditional jazz chart or where I need the growl & arco melodic qualities of a fretless. I always have it on stage with me right next to my Lakland 55-02 & Ibanez ATK.

 
5.0

Rave Reviews

By Bassaroni

from New Yoprk City Area

Nicest Acoustic Bass you can buy for the money, hands down. I have been watching these for a while now and checking out the reviews - all positive. I purchase a Natural, 5 string fretless and was amazed at the quality of the inlays, perfect neck, playability. I don't know how to describe it. It is absolutely amazing for the price. Its got mother of pearl inlaid vine going down the entire neck, and its got bindings all around the body and neck. Simply gorgeous. Unplugged it sounds really nice in the mix, all nuances come through beautiful. I play through a preamp, powered monitors and a house PA system. There are three other acoustics in the ensemble and I get rave reviews on the sound this thing makes. Can get quasi-upright sound with right EQ. Definitlety put flats on it for nice Mwah sounds.

 
2.0

Beautuful, yet flawed

By Warren-LDfKN

from Seattle

This is an absolutely beautiful bass that plays nicely and sounds great both acoustically and through the Fishman pickup. Unfortunately, the one I played (and owned for 4 days) had a terrible string buzzing problem in the upper octave. Even the tech at Guitar Center could get it out after quite a bit of tweaking. From what I've read now, this seems to be a pretty common complaint.

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