Michael Kelly Guitars was founded in 1999 and is based in Florida, USA. Although originally starting out as a mandolin and acoustic bass brand, the company has since expanded and now offers a wide range of beautiful guitars, basses and mandolins.
At the time of writing, Michael Kelly offers 5 different left handed guitars, but their website does claim that they are planning to add more in the future. Excellent!
Left Handed Michael Kelly Guitars
As I’ve already mentioned above, we currently have five left handed Michael Kelly guitars to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at each model and see exactly what they’re all about!
Looking at these guitars, you’d be forgiven for assuming that they come with a pretty hefty pricetag. But fear not – for the most part, these guitars are super affordable, sitting at around the $500 mark – wow!
The Michael Kelly 1953 is a stunning looking T-style guitar which is aimed at players looking for a more traditional style with some vintage vibe. It features an alder body with a flamboyant flamed maple top and a bolt-on maple neck with your choice of maple or rosewood fretboard. A traditionally voiced neck pickup is combined with a stacked single coil bridge pickup which can switch between a vintage single coil sound and a fatter humbucker style tone.
Shown above in ‘Blue Jean Wash’ finish.
Michael Kelly’s 1955 is created with design cues from the most highly regarded boutique guitar companies in the world. This certainly isn’t just another run-of-the-mill, high production volume T-type clone! Stand out features include the mini humbucker neck pickup, flamed maple binding, a fretboard with a 10.5″ to 16″ compound radius, and a swamp ash body coupled with a highly figured quilted maple top. The included Rockfield pickups can be switched between single coil and humbucker style tones, for the ultimate in versatility. In fact, it offers 8 unique tonal options in total thanks to the company’s ‘Great 8’ mod.
Shown above in ‘Caramel Burst’ finish.
Guitar Player Magazine recently chose the feature-packed Patriot Decree as their choice for the best guitar under $500. The traditional mahogany body is set off by a stunning figured maple top with 5-ply white and black binding. A mahogany set-neck is coupled with a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard and pearl bone inlays. The MK PAF pickups are specifically designed for this guitar, and the ability to coil-tap opens up a wide variety of tonal options.
Shown above in ‘Black Vapor’ finish.
Patriot Instinct Bold
If looks could kill! The Patriot Instinct takes premium quality features and combines them with a unique dark blue/black to natural color fade. A triple-bound mahogany body is finished with a quilted maple top and real abalone center stripe. The fully bound mahogany neck has a 22 fret rosewood fretboard and beautiful pearl/abalone ‘Instinct’ inlays. A specially voiced pair of zebra-colored Rockfield SWC humbuckers complete the look.
Shown above in ‘Partial Eclipse’ finish.
The final guitar in the left handed range is the Hybrid Special, which is designed to allow players to enjoy both electric and acoustic tones in a single instrument. In addition to switching between the two worlds, the Hybrid Special also offers the option of blending both tones to create some really unique sounds.
The chambered mahogany body has a gorgeous spalted maple top and features 5-ply black and white binding. The mahogany neck has a bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with abalone block inlays.
Shown above in ‘Spalted Burst’ finish.
And that completes the range of left handed Michael Kelly guitars!
Michael Kelly Guitars Website
The Michael Kelly site features a separate section for left handed guitars, making it super easy to find the current lefty range. You can’t really ask for more that that!
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Michael Kelly Guitars