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Michael Kelly Vibe Electric Guitar
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The Michael Kelly Vibe Electric Guitar features a Bigsby vibrato on a sharp cutaway body. The body has triple binding and all-chrome hardware. The Vi...Click To Read More About This Product
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A versatile and exciting semi-hollow body guitar.
The Michael Kelly Vibe Electric Guitar features a Bigsby vibrato on a sharp cutaway body. The body has triple binding and all-chrome hardware. The Vibe guitar has been equipped with open-face Michael Kelly pickups that feature a classic PAF tone. The look of this Michael Kelly guitar is unique thanks to a unique soundhole design and a clean, classic gloss black finish.
- Construction: Set-Neck
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale: 24-3/4"
- Binding: Triple-bound white and black
- Tailpiece: Bigsby vibrato
- Tuners: Grover Imperial
- Pickup: Michael Kelly open-faced vintage
- Electronics: 2 volume, 2 tone
- Strings: D'Addario
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To offer some context for this review, I play in a band called Saving saint Benjamin. A major review of our first album recently pegged us as 'blues/alt/punk.' We're not what you would call a technical band - our songs are usually riffs and chord progressions layered with lead lines and bluesy solos a la John Mayer. We go from clean and glassy, lots of 'verb, to huge and epic, heavy on the overdrive. I recently tossed the Mike Kelly Vibe into our sound.For what it's worth, I usually really tweak any guitar I buy with new pickups, tuners, bridge, nut, etc. This is the first guitar that I haven't extensively modded. The PAF-style pickups are just hot enough to get great overdrive on the neck and excellent lead (or even rhythym) tones on the bridge pickup, yet not so hot that they don't give feedback through my Bogner Alchemist half-stack (except when I want it to, hehe). The Grover tuners on this thing are excellent. I had a little trouble keeping it in tune even when barely using the trem bar, but the problem turned out to be a rough nut. Some graphite fixed that problem.The Bigsby trem is of excellent quality, though it's a massive pain to string if you don't have the right tools. That would be my only complaint from that angle; otherwise, the tailpiece is solid as a rock. The strap button could definitely use a lock, but heck, such is life.The headstock has a nice faux mother-of-pearl inlay that some might think looks a little dorky. It's very neo-classical, but it work for me. The fretboard is as smooth as silk, almost like a maple Parker neck in just how buttery it feels. It showed up with the perfect action height right out of the box. I got the impression that it had been kind of banged around in shipping, which probably accounted for the imperfect intonation.The finish is great, but black, regardless of what guitar it's on, always shows imperfections more easily, so keep this guy clean and polished, and it looks utterly amazing under stage lights. The chrome hardware, if properly cared for, practically glows under light. The pickguard isn't actually solid white like it looks in the picture. It's actually a pearlescent abalone. That's definitely an acquired taste. I have a very controlled picking and strumming style, so I just removed it. That really accents the wicked edge to the soundholes, which also looks pretty sweet.To sum it up, this guitar can basically do it all. When I'm not gigging or writing, I like to noodle around a lot. I've done jazz, country, pop, hip-hop, southern rock, metal, and funk with this guitar, and with the right amp and some tone knob tweaking, you can get it. In other words, buy it. You know you want it.
This is a good guitar. The mahogany body has great sustain and gives it a good thick feel. When I played it the bar wasn't in the Bigsby, but I'm sure it's nice. The neck is slim and is great for blues soloing. The tone knobs are very potent, and when turned all the way up, ad a boost and give it a nice light blues crunch. If I wasn't on the market for a Hellraiser, I would have picked this guitar up today.
Beware of the MK Vibe. It is a great design and if built as spec'd, even with average quality, would be a good and unique guitar. Unfortunately this is another case of "Made in China" I bought 3 and selected the best of the "litter", all of the Vibes were maple back with ??? wood for the top. Two of them had a thin mahogany "core" and sounded best, imagine how it would sound with maple on mahogany!!!! After tweeking the setup to reduce fret buzz (needed a file) and replacing the strings, the acoustic sound was not bad. Plugged in the Vibe sounds good, but is edgy. The neck pickup 7.5K ohm is a bit strong and the bridge pickup distorts easily with a 10k ohm output (ceramic magnets), great for rock, but a bit harsh for jazz, even when volume is turned down. I replaced the pickups with PAF replicas (8.9K ohms each) and the sound is much sweeter, they suit this guitar. All in all a lot of work to get what I wanted, a great looking guitar with a great sound, very disappointed in the construction and quality. If you want something to play straight out of the box, choose something else (Ibanez), don't waste your time and money...... unless you really like the Vibe!!!
I got this guitar used at my local music store including the case. It is a beautiful guitar, with a very nice hourglass look. Its sound holes give off decent noise so that you can play it accoustic if you would like to, but the electric is where it really comes into its own. The Bigsby bar is very nice to have and gives off a nice touch to my music. The slanted pickguard keeps the guitar safe from scratches as well as accenting its style. Overall I play this more than any of my other guitars.