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Michael Kelly Legacy Deluxe Mandolin
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The solid flamed maple back, sides, and neck with which Michael Kelly crafts the Legacy Deluxe Mandolin provide striking visual impact enhanced by go...Click To Read More About This Product
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Crafted with a deeper body, specially hand-carved top, and a finish you can only find here!
The solid flamed maple back, sides, and neck with which Michael Kelly crafts the Legacy Deluxe Mandolin provide striking visual impact enhanced by gold hardware and a fully bound back. Impeccable tone comes from the Legacy Mandolin's deeply carved solid spruce top and dovetail neck joint. Radiused rosewood fingerboard and Grover tuners. The stunning finish is exclusive to us with Michael Kelly's wider antique sunburst for a more classic mandolin look.
- Deeply carved solid spruce top
- Solid flamed maple back, sides, and neck
- Gold hardware
- Fully bound back
- Dovetail neck joint
- Radiused rosewood fingerboard
- Grover tuners
- Graphtech Tusq nut
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I recently purchased a MK Legacy (satin amber fade). Not only is it a beautifully crafted instrument, it has a rich warm tone. I was so impressed, that I could hardly put the thing down. My only complaint was that the two-part tailpiece vibrated a certain frequencies. This was easily fixed.
A very hig quality Mandolin. Very well put together. Sound is impresive. The flamed maple and spruce are the perfect combination. I've been playing for a long time and this ones a winner!
I was pretty much floored by the sound of this instrument. I have a friend who has been making mandolins for a good while and he sells all he can make for 5k+ My MK sounds and plays every bit as well. It is simply that good. Complaints can only be directed to some small lacquer runs up under the fingerboard extension and some buffing compound in the scroll; that is it. I replaced the tail piece with a cast mode, just because I like them. I guess if the finsh was nitro cell that would be cool. Still the mando has everything the big bucks have. I guess the new special Gibsons sound nice and Randy Woods are very good, as are Gilchrists. After playing the Kelly, though, I just don't see paying the premium. I am in a position to play about anything (except a Loar) and I think I will get the new hand picked Elegante from Michael Kelly. I have been playing 40+ yrs and this is not my wallet talking. This a serious box.
The Legacy Deluxe I received was extremely sloppy on the binding around the scroll and on the headstock. There were globs of hardened finish down in the scroll that prohibited inserting a sttrap. When I advised Michael Kelley, they suggested I buy some sandpaper. I have seen some nice Michael Kelley mandolins, but this one is not nearly as well made as my epiphone MM-50.
I found the Legacy Deluxe mandolin I ordered to be in great shape with good tonal quality. Like any other mass produced instrument, you can get good ones and bad ones (tonal quality that is). The fit and finish on this mandolin was very nice with very little flaws if any. I was surprised to see the tail piece didn't rattle like my MK Legacy Solid mandolin once did. The setup on this mandolin was great right out of the box, hoever, this would be a personal preference and not everyone would want their's setup that way. I highly recommend this mandolin and you can't go wrong with the 45 days return policy if your not happy. The only thing I wasn't to happy about was the flamed maple wood has very little flame in it. So much so that you can't hardly tell it is even flamed. However, this mandolin sounds so sweet and plays so well that I wouldn't return for that reason.This mandolin has features and quality that you would find in other mandolins priced three to four times as much!
ive been playin this mando for about a 6 months and i love it. for the price you cant beat it. all flamed maple that looks great. I wasnt sure about it right out of the box, but after a good set up and some use it sounds great. much better than any morgan monroe ive played, but it surely isnt a Flatiron or Gibson for that matter. And because its made of solid woods it get better with age. i cant wait to hear what this baby sounds like in 10 years.
I bought this mandolin here a while back on closeout. It was the sunburst version that is no longer sold. It now has a horrible rattle that comes up ever so often. The fret buzz is getting worse too. Like everyone else there is also a sloppy job done to the finish. I also can not be heard when playing next to other musicians. I even play with a 1.5 mm pick and thick strings still I can't be heard. The top is very thick for a mandolin and has a an uneven cut. I am glad I didn't pay full price for this mandolin.
This is a beautiful mandolin. Excellent fit and finish. The tobacco sunburst is dark and rich. And it sounds great. Big tone, lots of bark. The frets feel very good. Large enough for good tone and sustain, but not so big as to make me feel like I have bratwurst for fingers.
All in all, I am VERY pleased with this instrument. It's all the mandolin I'll be needing. Mine arrived in very good shape. There were only a couple of flaws. On the inside of the instrument, under the top, the cut-out for the F holes had some roughness from sawing. It obviously hadn't been sanded. Running my little finger around the inside of the cut out quickly fixed it. From the top, the cut out is perfect. When I first got the instrument, I was concerned about a buzz. For a moment, I was afraid something wasn't glued correctly. It turned out that one of the screws holding the Grover tuning button on was very loose, vibrating at certain frequencies. Another easy fix. The only thing I really don't care for on this instrument is the tail piece. IMO, it's a cheaply stamped piece of metal, and doesn't match the quality of the rest of this instrument. The cover fits somewhat loosely, and can buzz. Like one of the other reviewers of this instrument, I'm going to replace it with a cast model. I already have an Allen cast tail piece on the way, and that should be a BIG improvement. I also didn't care for the strings on the instrument, but that's another temporary issue. The bridge was set too high, but again, that's a small tweak. So, in conclusion, after a bit of fussing and adjusting, you're all set. My first impression after taking it out of the box was how you could get such a fine instrument at that kind of price. It sounds great, and is a wonderful value.