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With its sleek double cutaway design and spalted maple top the Hourglass Limited is a looker! However this is more than a beautiful body. The medium thin neck is fast, yet comfortable and the string-thru body design provides great sustain. The Hourglass Limited also features Michael Kelly PAF styled pickups that are coil-tapped, providing a single coil sound option for each.
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I have had this guitar for little over 2 years now and it hasnt failed me yet. Out of the box I relaced the bad strings it came with for some blue steel 10s and it sounds great. I really wish it had a whammy bar but lifes not perfect. Overall its a great sounding guitar, on par with fenders and gibsons that cost 3 times the price. I say if you are going to buy this guitar then go for it.
I have had my Hourglass Limited for about two weeks now, and still can't put it down. I wanted to wait until I put it through it's paces before I wrote a review. All I can say is, "WOW!". How MK can sell a guitar of this quality at this price is beyond me. I own Gibson Les Pauls, that the Hourglass - which has a Double cut Les Paul shape - is easily comparable to. Playability and sound are excellent. As far as the tuning issue with the trem, that is mentioned in one of the other reviews? Get some Big Bends Nut Sauce, and the problem is solved. Sure you can't dive-bomb as if the Wilkenson were a Floyd, but it is much better than a stock Fender trem. The Rockfield pickups scream, and the coil tap works great. My only concern were the knobs, which is why I didn't give it a perfect score. They are cast pewter (I believe); and as a result, are heavy and wobbly. Another problem easily solved though. I got some Ernie Ball, Tele-style knobs for $8.00, and again, problem solved. This guitar is becoming my "go to" axe, over my (Gibson) Flying V, which is hard to do. Do your self a favor, before you spend twice the money, check out Michael Kelly guitars. The prices won't stay this low forever.
Like some of the muscians who have already commented on this guitar; I have played many guitars in my lifetime and the MK Limited is like I like my women: looks gorgeous, plays like a dream...great for most styles of music. Highly Recommended!! A++++
I am a musician of 15 years, and have had this guitar for 1 year now. I love this guitar it plays like a dream, stays in tune, the split coil humbuckers work great for that single coil blues sound or full humbucker for deeper jazz sound or even bridge humbucker for metal. For this price there is no better guitar. I tried about 6 differant guitas in this price range from epiphone to prs and this one wins You'll Love it.. Buy it
Rockfield Pickups are excellent, not too hot with just the right tonal characteristics to bring out the best in this guitar. However Tremolo is unusable! Note how the strings are bent at angles from the nut to the tuning machines. The drag on the nut makes it impossible to keep the guitar in tune while using the tremolo. Regardless, the guitar has great tone. Not as good as the MK Patriot Limited (my other MK guitar), but still better than any similarly-priced guitar, and better than some that cost four times as much. If you like the body style and weight of this guitar, you could do a lot worse for the money.
This guitar is amazing and Michael Kelly is the future of guitars. It is what everyone wants a guitar that sounds like it should cost $1,000 plus but cost far less. Its features (coil tap both pickups, wilkinson trem, and amazing pickups tapped and un-tapped). Lets just say that you can flash your Gibsons and Fenders all you want but I'll be playing a Michael Kelly in the studio and on tour.
I had never heard of Michael Kelly Guitars until I stumbled upon a used Patriot in a local shop. I thought that it was a cheap LP knock-off...until I played it. It played and sounded great, but I wasn't in the market for a guitar at that time. I did some research and looked into Michael Kelly, and decided that when I needed a new guitar, Michael Kelly would be the way I went. Then I saw the Hourglass Limited on the MK website...I knew that was my guitar. When it arrived at my home a few days later, I was absolutely blown away. It was and is the most beautiful instrument I had seen in a long time. It plays beautifully (after a few days acclmating to my home). And the sound...wow!! The stock pickups are very dynamic, much like a PAF, and the coil taps provide great versatility. The spalted maple top has to be seen in person, pictures will never do it justice. All in all, a great guitar at ant price.