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Michael Kelly Patriot Phoenix Electric Guitar
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The Michael Kelly Patriot Phoenix electric guitar is a striking instrument. It features a flame maple top and an intricate flame-inspired inlay. A lo...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Michael Kelly Patriot Phoenix electric guitar is a striking instrument. It features a flame maple top and an intricate flame-inspired inlay. A locking wrap-around bridge improves resonance and performance. Sculpted-in knob recesses and pickup cavities look great. Includes set-neck construction, Grover tuners and specially designed chrome covered pickups.
- Neck: set mahogany
- Body: solid mahogany
- Fingerboard: rosewood
- Frets: 22 jumbo
- Scale length: 24-3/4"
- Binding: white triple bound plastic
- Inlay: abalone block
- Bridge: TonePros locking
- Tuning machines: Grover
- Pickups: dual PAF plus
- Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, coil tapped
- Strings: D'Addario
Reviewed by 12 customers
This is a nice, well made, well appointed guitar. Those that compare it to a Gibson or PRS are deluded. It will never be such. But that doesn't make it a bad instrument. Do not confuse what you saved in money by justifying it by saying it's better, it is not.I look for small things in guitars that tout great workmanship in their pitch. The glue joint of the neck pocket, is there excessive glue that has been varnished over... Check. Lack of detail QC.Are the volume and tone knobs straight on the shafts?? Check, both were crooked and would not spline correctly on the shafts. Again, how does this get out of the factory this way??Are the Pickups PAF in nature?? Not even close. They are fairly low output. Is the coil tap really a single coil sound or just a coil tap with a RP sound.. Check, there is no strat or hotrod tele to this beast, just different. More Dano lipstick.Is the finish good?? Very very good.Playability? Good, not exceptional like a PRS or Gibson with the same scale length but acceptable.I encountered sharp fret edges at the 12th, the 5th, and the 7th. Not the ends of poorly dressed frets at the edges of the board, but poorly dressed and crowned frets at those positions, you can't tell they are that way until your fingers slide and stick at those positions. THose that have played for years will know exactly what I mean.For the price point, the finish, and fit is good, the fretwork is marginal, the pickups are low output and not in PAF territory, and it is not a better guitar than Gibson or PRS who they are obviously modeled on. Don't convince yourselves they are because you bought it.It's a good guitar for those that have no interest or ability to attain the higher and better marks, but it is not in the same catagory as the others. I won't bore with what I own or how long I have played, but I have been around the block numerous times guitar wise and know what is good, what is fair, and what is poor. This falls into the good to fair catagory. Additionally, the inlay is confusing and really is an addition to hide the numerous flaws the guitar does possess.
Michael Kelly definitely did something right when they made this line of guitars. Especially for the price, you cannot beat this thing. I play with a guy who has a $2000 Gibson, and this thing is definitely comparable. You can get just about any sound you want out of it, and the neck is very nice and playable. The flame inlay is just awe inspiring. The pickups have a very nice tone,very crunchy and nice and clean with the coil taps. I highly recommend this guitar, if you want something that looks and plays like a guitar about 5 times its value.
Just learned to play guitar while on deployment to Afghanistan. After a ton of research into quality, workmanship and value, this is the axe I purchased. THIS THINGS PLAYS AND SOUNDS LIKE IT HAS A MUCH HIGHER PRICE TAG!! Granted this is paired with my limited experience but I'm sure you'll fall in love with this beauty.
I proudly own this guitar. Its a great axe. Looks to kill and sound to match. the coil tap feature is a plus too. Beat that LP's. The inlay is awe inspiring as well. This guitar plays like butter. I own the black shadow version. Nice quilt top to beat it. You should definately own or play this guitar before you try an Epi or Gibby. Either way you will be happy. Kudos to Michael Kelly
I'd been looking for the perfect guitar for a few months, the Gibson LP had me at hello, but lost me at the price tag. Then I came across the Michael Kelly Phoenix, it is everything you could want from the Gibson LP in playability, craftsmanship, and sound. The only thing is that for this price, you aren't afraid to take it on the road. Not to mention the grover tuners on this guitar blow the old style 60's and 70's tuners that Gibson uses out of the water. The sustain is great on chords or high notes, and I only noticed two nearly invisible flaws in the craftsmanship (a spot of glue at the neck joint, and a microscopic mark at the nut which is common on most guitars with neck bindings). The nickel-plated humbuckers not only look beautiful but they'll give you any tone you want from warm crisp and clean to muddy death distortion. If you want Gibson LP quality but can't rationalize spending thousands on a guitar this is your dream guitar, trust me I ordered it last week it showed up on valentines day and was the best date I've ever had!
My fellow bandmate owns this guitar and it is one of the most well made guitars i have ever played. The neck fells great and is a good thickness not too thick not too thin. the frets are perfect now one flaw in the frets or any part of the guitar. the coil taps are really nice to have for getting a more vintage tone. Compared to expensive brands, that start with G and end in ibson, this blows them away.
I just got this guitar and it is amazing!! Straight out of the box it is perfectly set-up. Not a single finishing flaw. The only thing is the Michael Kelly logo on the headstock is a little cheesy. The pickups rock, and the ability to split the coils lets it get pretty bright. I've owned an Epiphone, and the pickups on that were complete garbage. Pick up the Patriot and get out and play!
I had gone to the guitar store today to try out a michael kelly glory, but when I walked in all they had was this one so reluctantly I decided to try this one and holy crap I have never played a guitar so well made and overall fantastic. I played licks, and chord progressions that I never knew I had in me. The neck was lightning quick, the pick ups had beautiful tones that not even my uncles gibson can compare to!! (its that amazing) Now that I've tried these im never buying another type of guitar. Michael kelly is the price of a good epipone but plays like a wonderful gibson.
I've had this axe for a little over a week now and I simply can't put it down. Cosmetically speaking...it is truly a work of art. The flame top is flawless and the flame inlay on the neck is simply gorgeous. When you put this axe in your hands...it just "feels right." It's got great tone...and it doesn't matter if your a chord player or a guy that shreds. This axe is the one to have.
I first played a Michael Kelly in Las Vegas about a month ago and fell in love with it. I bought this guitar from Musician's Friend and just had it delivered. The features and the quality workmanship on these guitars are incredible. Awesome sustain and it is very versatile in whatever type of music you play. I can't get over the quality for the price. Take a look at this brand before you shell out big bucks for a Gibson. Also, take a look at their website and the My Space webpage to see the artists that play this guitar. You will not be disappointed and will have a guitar to cherish for many years to come.