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Michael Kelly Stage One SD1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Michael Kelly SD 1 is a traditional full-sized dreadnought acoustic guitar. The SD 1 is constructed in the manner of collectable acoustic guitars...Click To Read More About This Product

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A spruce top and hand-scalloped bracing provide deep, warm tone.

The Michael Kelly SD 1 is a traditional full-sized dreadnought acoustic guitar. The SD 1 is constructed in the manner of collectable acoustic guitars costing thousands of dollars, for a deep, warm, and booming tone. To make sure that all of that great tone comes out, Michael Kelly uses a special satin finish that is thin on the wood assuring that your tone won't be thin. Other features include a spruce top,hand-scalloped bracing, agathis back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, die-cast chrome tuners and real wood binding. With Michael Kelly you can expect value, good looks, and great sound!

  • Construction: set-neck
  • Back & sides: agathis
  • Top: spruce
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Reinforcement: adjustable truss rod
  • Bracing: scalloped
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Binding: wood
  • Inlay: dots
  • Sound hole: black rings
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Tuners: die cast
  • Strings: D' addario
  • Hardware: chrome

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You Get What You Pay For

By Ozarkana Jon ? www.ozarkana.com

from Eureka Springs, AR

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I just got this guitar and I am surprised at the tone and loudness of it! Pretty darn good! However, It does NOT have a solid spruce top, just a very tight lamination job. 2) It does NOT have diecast sealed tuners, just the old closed gear type. It does NOT have a rosewood fretboard, it is "ebonized". It does NOT have "wood" binding, just plain old white celluloid.It does have scalloped X bracing on the top but old ladder bracing on the back. The bridge (which IS ugly) is also ebonized, not rosewood. There were slight burrs at the ends of the frets which need to be smoothed out. The action could use a little adjustment, but not bad. The saddle shouold be replaced with an intonated one as typical, the "B" string is slightly off. The "D'ddario strings look like they were meant for an electric guitar, not bronze or phosphor bronze, but they are loud and bright... great sustain!All in all considering the el cheapo gig bag, the tuner, picks and strap that come with it, it's a real deal! I would put a pickguard on it if you plan on flatpicking or not for fingerstyle players. As I said in the title: "You Get What You Pay For!"

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Don't bother

By enclaved

from Philadelphia, PA

It looks like it was glued together by a blind man with no hands. The tuners are flimsy and don't hold a tune. Frets are covered in gunk, probably glue, barely crowned, and rough spots all over. The nut fell off when I replaced the strings. The tuner is the opposite of what I would call accurate. Skip this or you're wasting money.


Great Guitar


from Charleston

This guitar was amazing, i bought it for my girlfriend for christmas this year and she loves it. I love it. Its just as good as my Gibson Dove and it looks really nice. It came all set up and ready to go, Thanks Michael Kelly!



By YourMoM-RJhll

from Aiken, SC

I bought this guitar 6 months ago because i was upgrading from a 6 year old harmony and this was the cheapest i could find at Vintage music. the guitar is a great guitar and great sound quality not too shabby the only bad thing i could say about it is that it has a little stiff action and some people would like it softer but other than that its a great beginners guitar


best of the cheapos

By beno

from avery, TX

I was looking for a guitar to mess with for about a month and then throw it in the trash when I move to another camp. I read that it was a solid top with hand scalloped x-bracing etc. I expected a piece of junk hoping to at least be able to tune it and strum a little. When it came in I looked it over and saw that it was really a solid top etc just as it said (exept the tuners are not die cast).Thereis no exess glue and it is imaculately made. I tuned it up and it sounded unbelievable. I cant believe how it sounds. Since then I have put Graphtech Tusq bridge pins and saddle (sanded the saddle to a good action).Now the guitar has a low action with no fret buzz and it sound like a Martin. NOw I'll keep it and send it home when I leave Iraq.I know this sounds crazy...but if you don't believe me, just buy it and see...for the price you can't lose. There is NO guitar with a LAMINATED top (regardless of brand or price) that sounds even close to this. I don't write reviews, but something has to be said about this guitar.It is really a solid top with scalloped bracing, it stays in tune, no fret buzz, very loud, cheap tuners but they work well. Since buying this guitar i am starting to wonder...why can't others offer a solid top ?

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