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Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar

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Are you ready for a single cutaway with no sacrifices? One with every feature needed to build the ultimate guitar? Then the Michael Kelly Patriot Cus...Click To Read More About This Product

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This guitar has it all - except for the high price tag.

Are you ready for a single cutaway with no sacrifices? One with every feature needed to build the ultimate guitar? Then the Michael Kelly Patriot Custom is your new favorite guitar.

It starts with an extra deeply carved maple top on a hand-selected mahogany body. The set-in neck is tightly fit to assure maximum sustain and performance.

Installed in this best-in-class body is a set of pickups developed especially for this guitar, built using the same classic all USA Made components as many collectible humbuckers. To give the Custom a high output edge while retaining a deep rich tone requires exacting specifications, including a special overwound technique. Normally, humbuckers are mounted from plastic rings, suspending them apart from the full vibration and tone of the body. These are attached directly to the maple and mahogany body to draw every ounce of sound out. The coil splitting allow you to switch each pickup from a full humbucker tone to a single-coil tone with a simple push-pull pot.

An ebony fingerboard, recessed control knobs, Grover tuners, real abalone block inlays, TonePros locking bridge and an amazing flame maple top complete this amazing package.

FEATURES
  • Body: solid mahogany with carved flame maple top
  • Neck: set mahogany
  • Fingerboard: ebony
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Binding: 5-ply white and black plastic
  • Inlay: abalone block
  • Bridge: TonePros fully adjustable
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Pickups: Riboloff / Rockfield SWC-1 (select wound custom), direct mounted dual PAF plus
  • Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, coil-splitting
  • Strings: D'Addario
  • Hardware: chrome
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pay for a quality guitar not a brand name

By Man&HisOpinion

from Florida

I purchased the Patriot Custom a few weeks back after reading reviews from many sources including guitar world magazine hailing it and the Michael Kelly guitar company as a lesser known gem of guitar manufacturers. Boasting quality construction with amazing tone, a show quality finish and sustain to spare, all for a fraction of the cost of instruments of similar quality... wait .. really? A few weeks and three gigs later I am pleased to say that all of those descriptions are completely correct and then some. I have played guitars that are four times the cost of this guitar that don't appeal to me nearly as much. You can pay for a name and a logo or you can pay for quality craftsmanship and an amazing sound. Michael Kelly has given musicians that option with this wonderful guitar.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Michael Kelly how do you do it !?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I'm a Les Paul guy. My first being a 1975 Standard and later getting a 1986 Studio. Both were very expensive and of course amazing sounding. Just in the past few years I've really notice a huge market for the middle class guitarist. If you want a beautiful guitar that sounds and feels like that $2000 Les paul really take the time to check out Michael Kelly. I hate to admit it but there are times a actually prefer to play this over my 1975 LP. I bought this when it was $500 and I went to a local shop to play it several times before committng. After staring at it for months and trying to figure out how it was only $500 I gave up and just bought it. Best $500 I ever spent. :)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Patriot is 'King'

By Sadhu

from Saint Louis, MO

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After having this about a year and a half now, I've finally decided to write a review. OK, I've owned them all: Strats, Gretch, Gibson, Rick, G&L, Epiphone... Let me tell you, this guitar is in the SAME class as any of these old-time brand names. My two main guitars are my G&L Legacy, and my Michael Kelley Patriot. This Patriot is designed nicely. I love the one volume-one tone configuration! Simple, clean, not complicated. The push-pull coil tap knobs give it a whole new dimension of sound. Why doesn't EVERYBODY do this? The neck is perfect, the finish flawless. The Grover tuners keep this in perfect tune throughout a gig. The pickups are really sweet and the bridge is perfectly designed. Everybody always talks about swapping the pickups out of a stock guitar. Why? These are GREAT pickups! I would actually take these Rockfield pickups and put them in a Les Paul! I've got the custom case (Get it!). It's pricey, but really nice, and fits the guitar like a glove. It will add value to this guitar down the road... and these guitars WILL increase in value, no doubt! I had a friend want to trade a '72 Gibson ES330 for this. His guitar was nice and all that, and I even took his ES330 out for a gig. But you know what? After sleeping on it... I said "SORRY, I'M KEEPING MY KELLY!" Seriously folks, you simply can't go wrong with this Michael Kelly guitar. It is simply as good as or better than any Les Paul custom shop guitar! I'd highly recommend this instrument. I use it on gigs (I'm now playing about 3-4 times a month). And I use it allot on my studio / CD projects. Don?t make the big mistake that I once made years ago?. ?I?ve got to buy a BRAND NAME guitar, or everyone with think I?m an amateur!? Humbug! If you?ve got a quality instrument and ?pro? talent? then you?re a ?pro? and can play anywhere, and with anyone! Remember that. These Kelly guitars are top-of-the-line pro instruments. My Michael Kelly is a life-time keeper!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PeterS

By PeterS-PbRUz

from Colorado Springs CO

Oh but it is a God send. Best guitar I have ever played including some Gibson LP's and it was a fraction of the cost. Rockfield SWC pickups are amazing. They are direct mounted for tons of sustain. The clean settings are awesome as well. The action is so low and the ebony fretboard so smooth, you barely have to touch the strings to get sound.I bought a Schecter C-1 plus the month before and sent it back. It was terrible. Couldn't get a decent clean sound out of it and when you turned the volume controls up all the way, it distorted really badly. The overall sound was very brittle. And to boot, Schecter is now building them in China as opposed to Korea where they used to have them made.The Michael Kelly Patriot Custom is superbly crafted. It blows away anything in it's price range and even guitars 2 to 3 times as much. This guitar is the best kept secret in the guitar world.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it!

By Aircap

from Wichita Kansas

If your reading this then your thinking about buying this great guitar. Just do it... This guitar is priced way under what it should be for the craftsmanship, and features.This guitar can play everything you will ever want it to, and then some. Plus it just looks fantastic doing it. I bought this guitar to replace my old Dean. I took a chance since none of my local dealers had it, and was going by reviews alone. It was a gamble, but you should see the smile on my face when I play it. It just feels like its part of you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My one - and only axe

By Michael Grove

from Seattle, WA

I've been playing this baby for 2 years now, and I have had only a few problems; very minor ones, at that. I feel that I should mention them before I start raving about how wonderful this axe is.1: The volume and tone knobs pop out for single coil tab, which is awesome. In the middle of a musical (little shop of horrors!), I popped the volume knob out and it actually came fully off. My only problem with this is that it was really hard to get back on for some reason. 2: It's really heavy. Possibly one of the heaviest guitars I've ever lifted. If you are a small and or young musician, I would highly recommend throwing on a strap and trying it out standing up. Now those are out of the way, lets talk about the positive traits of this guitar. It has a beautiful finish, very solid and well done. Scratches are not very visible, and they come right off with a proper cleaner. The neck has beautiful ebony inlets, and the frets are close to perfect. I have had no problems with the nut, headstock, or tuners. In fact, the tuners are excellent and I found myself "spoiled" by them, causing me to have trouble tuning worse guitars. Soundwise, this axe has it all. Plugged through my cheap Fender 15G Amp, with everything on 5, I can create tones ranging from a thick, full jazz tone to a crunchy treble-ish Ska tone, just by utilizing the single coil tap. I plugged it into my friends marshall amp set, and his jaw dropped when he heard the sound. He has a les paul, at least twice as expensive as this axe.It stays in tune very well, even with my extremely thin strings (9's, I believe). I would highly recommend getting a profesional set up, because it plays like butter once you do.If you're a hobbyist, with a budget, this guitar is a superb choice

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Patriot Custom: LP alternative for less!

By Blackdogxx

from Richmond VA

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I own the walnut one after buying a used one here (minor blem or returned), but had to exchange it (neck coil tap would not work) with the very good quality customer service help! They sent the 'condition 1' exact same guitar for no charge and paod to ship mine back! This seller wants your business and proves it.I own a Tokai Les Paul 'Reborn Old' that is rare and an example of the best of the Japan 'lawsuit' era. The Patriot Custom is not it's equal, but it is available used at a good price and is well built. Good tone, twin coil taps, TonePros bridge assembly, Grover tuners and well finished and fat frets adn 1/16" action at fret 12. You would not be disappointed in this guitar. The walnut is the best color, in my view, but all are built the same way. It's a very good value, sounds great and with minor adjustment to the nuts slots and to clean up any rough fret ends, you have a great guitar for cheap money!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Try out the Vintage before buying

By KenW in Portland, OR

from Portland, OR

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I was looking for an electric guitar, and found a Michael Kelly Patriot Custom in the used market. I asked the owner why he wanted to sell it, and he stated that he wanted to get a Michael Kelly Patriot Vintage model. At first I thought it strange, but then I tried out the Kelly Patriot Vintage model in a store, where I could compare it to the Michael Kelly Decree and the Custom. The Decree seemed to have the most sustain and a "creamy, bluesy" sound, which was pleasant. The Custom was OK, but I felt that something was lacking. Then I tried the Vintage model... and I was in love. The salesman claimed it has P90 pickups (if so, I assume they are Asian...), but indeed the pickups performed as I read in a P90 review on the web. The notes are clear, beautiful, toneful, with beautiful harmonics. When I checked out the Custom again, it just couldn't compete... even though the vintage model is less expensive! A more experienced player came in, and checked out the Vintage I was playing. I could tell by the look on his face that he was impressed. He started making some comments about "I LIKE this guitar!" and he agreed that the Vintage sounded better than the Custom. Then for the "acid test," I asked the salesman to show me the best instrument in the house... at any price. He let me try out a new $2,400 Fender. That instrument sounded good, but I actually preferred the Michael Kelly Patriot Vintage a bit better, as it seemed to have a trace "cleaner" sound. The experienced player claimed the Fender was a bit superior to the Vintage, but the difference certainly wasn't worth the ~$2,000 difference. I bought the Vintage. If you play worship, blues, folk, or country music, the vintage may be the better model for you. If you are only playing rock, then the Custom may still be your choice. P.S.: The Vintage has a solid mahogany body, which contributes to the tone; the pickups are pretty hot (they are over-wound, which seems to complement to tonal quality of the wood). The Custom has a maple cap, which give a bit different sound...and has different pickups. The Custom is still a bargain at the price, and I only gave it less than stellar ratings because the Vintage was considered better by myself, another player, and by a Custom owner. Make your own comparison, if possible, before buying.

 
5.0

Great Guitar at an Affordable Price

By JKanepole

from Toledo, OH

I have to say that this has become my favorite guitar and I have quite a few hanging on the wall or on stands: (BC Rich US Exclusive, BCR '81 Bich, BCR mid 80's NJ Mockingbird, several Ibanezes, PRS Tremonti SE, banged-up 79 LP, beat-up Gibson '68 SG, mid-'80's Kramer Pacer, several US and Mex Fender Strats and a Schecter C-1 Classic.)I have to say that this guitar plays like butter, looks great and sounds simply awesome. My two most favorite axes were the BCR Exclusive and the Schecter C1 Classic, but I always seem to return to the Kelly. It's a bit heavier than most of mine, but that may result in the great sound and sustain.I've never written a guitar review before, but I am so very impressed with this one I felt compelled to do so. I expect that they are currently selling them so 'cheap' in order to get a solid following - then increase the price. Try one now before they hike the cost. As a result, I will be buying a Kelly Premium when I can find one - hopefully here (whenever they get them.)Honestly submitted,-JK (Toledo, OH)

 
5.0

It doesn't get much better than this

By VeryImpressed

from Maryland

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I'm not anybody's gift to guitar playing, but I know a good sound when I hear it. This guitar will rival anything costing two-to-three times as much. It is well made of quality components--the woods, coils...look at the specs. Looks are subjective, but I haven't seen better. It sounds very good playing anything from raw power chords to Clapton/Gilmour style blues licks using the split coil option. I'm not dropping my Strat, but this is a keeper for the looks and for the sound. If you're looking for an LP, even if you can afford the brand name, consider this one.

 
5.0

worth the price

By jaden

from California

This guitar is worth the money. I have had it for a year now and has a very versatile sound. I play mostly harder type music and I use a jekyl and hyde pedal when I play, man it sounds great. It's also good for clean sound/ acoustic settings.The only thing I would say is a flaw is that it doesn't have much high end at all, I have to boost it on the amp if I want more high.Very good guitar nonetheless.

 
5.0

When will they up the price?

By Customsound79

from Mississippi

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I bought this guitar based on three factors: looks, price, and reviews. I did my share of research as always and my expectations were more than exceeded. When my guitar arrived the playability reminded me immediately of the several Gibson Les Pauls ($2,500+)that I've played. There are certain details you notice about a very well built guitar that are apparent in the Michael Kelly. Number one is the lack of fret buzz anywere on the neck, even after I lowered the bridge to Ibanez RG height. Number two is the solid feel, and number three is the quality of components. This is the least expensive guitar I own by far but is the best in my collection. I am very tempted to stockpile these as an investment because I am convinced that they will skyrocket in price. My only complaint is that the Rockfield pickups aren't hot enough for my style of playing.

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the Price

By Stuff

from Leesburg,VA

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After about a week of playing the Patriot Custom, I've pretty much decided its a great deal for the money. Several things about it make it stand out from other guitars in the price range. The solid mahogany body gives it great sustain and tone. Its a solid piece of wood unlike similar priced guitars. The appearance is great. Its a good looking guitar. The finish isn't cheap or thin looking but time will tell how it holds up. The neck is fast, comfortable, and the abalone inlays give it a classy look. Good hardware in the tuners and bridge. Overall it seems well put together. Basically the deciding factor to pick this up was when comparing this to similar priced guitars (Korean made Epiphone Les Paul, or a Schecter C-1) the pickups set this apart. I'd never heard of Rockfields before but they are definitely a step up from the stock stuff in the Epiphones and beat Duncan Designed pretty handily. This would be a great guitar to take on the road and leave the Gibson at home. The only things I can find wrong are some very slight imperfections in the finish around the binding. There's a small partby the binding that looks like the stain is thinner, but you'd have to look pretty darn hard to notice it.

 
5.0

As good as a Les Paul Custom

By Matthew Rele-iNKhH

from Albuquerque

The Patriot Custom is a fantastic guitar! It's built to last with beautiful real abolone blocks and an ebony fretboard. The flame maple top is flawless and the tone is unbeatable. This guitar comes standard with Grover tuners and a Tone Pros locking bridge. It stays in tune! The stock pick ups are Rockfield, which can be coil tapped for a single coil flavor, or have it in humbucker mode for metal to jazz and everything in between. If you want the Zakk Wylde tone than I suggest replacing the stock pick-ups with EMG's. If you're in the market for a Les Paul Custom, save yourself the money and buy the Michael Kelly Patriot Custom-you won't regret it!

 
5.0

Impecable Guitar

By BadBones

from Toledo, OH

Only had this guitar a couple of days so time will tell if it keeps it's tuning. I was at first sent the wrong finish. It was so nice and had such a good feel on the neck I decided to keep it as is. The setup I got was not perfect. Intonation was a bit off and action was kind of high for my taste. I expect with any guitar to need a professional setup so thats not a big deal. Pinch harmonics squeel from all over on this guitar. The frets are the perfect height with no high frets or sharp edges. The neck feels far superior to my American made Fender strat. Sustain is fantastic. Pickups sound great through my tube amp. I'll post another review in time about how it holds it's tune. So far I'm really impressed. For the money you can't go wrong. Way better than any Epiphone Les Paul I've ever held.

 
5.0

Incredible Guitar!

By McFlopper

from North Carolina

I own the Patriot Custom in Black Fade. It is relatively inexpensive and built in Korea. If those two facts matter to you, move on. If what matters to you is a quality build, good hardware, a beautiful appearance, awesome tone, and amazing playability this guitar has it all! It is an insult to describe this guitar as "good for the price". This is a great guitar PERIOD! The Rockfields sound very good. They are clear and articulate with a punchy PAF type tone(blues to hard rock). The coil taps deliver more usable tones. I usually leave the neck in single coil, and bridge in humbucking. I own two USA Fenders, two Mexican Fenders, and a 22 year old BC Rich ST-3(when they were still made in USA). This Patriot sacrifices nothing and stands up to all of my guitars in quality, tone, and playability! It is presently my #1 choice to play!If you are looking for a single cutaway you have to seriously consider a Michael Kelly Patriot!

 
5.0

AMAZING! GO GET IT NOW

By terjrock

from NC

Well, I purchased this new and I have it for a bit, and I can honestly say it is the best guitar for the money. Nothing can touch this thing build-wise or tone-wise. This thing is a beast, which is why it won best tone last year at NAMM. Setup is great, and the walnut finish is amazing. A little on the heavy side, but due to its weight it feels very durable. The binding is also great, as is the Abalone blocks and grover tuners. I have played Gibson LPs and many vintage strats, and believe me when I tell you that this guitar fills the gap between the two. If you want thick rhythm, you got it, and if you want glassy highs, you got those two....so...STOP READING AND GO BUY IT!

 
5.0

Totally Versatile

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this guitar for quite some time and it's outstanding. I also own a Gibson LP Studio,Edwards (ESP) LP, Tex-Mex Strat, Godin Exit 22, Samick RL5, USA Tele, and have owned almost everything you can imagine at one time or another. For versatiliy, this guitar beats most. Especially when recording. It can mimic a growling strat in overdrive, a tele, les paul and a hollwobody. And it does a good job of it, without getting into the effects too much. I often find lP's too overbearing when recording, and strats can be weak straight into the board, but this has a great consistent tone that generally cuts through well, and is thick enough in any mode. If I could only have one guitar for the rest of my days....this would be it.

 
5.0

This guitar is great

By TASH

from Junction City, KS

I took a lot of time reviewing different guitars and ended up buying this one. I'm so glad I did. It is much prettier in person(cherry sunburst). The hardware is very nice, stock strings aren't great, I put some D'Addarios on there...overall you can't go wrong with this.

 
5.0

Great Weapon

By Cory-AS8k6

from madison, OH

Great Guitar, the quality is fantastic, the thing doesn't feel like it's gonna fall apart. It's sound was right there with my les paul the price is fantastic also.

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