Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin Satin Flame Antique Violin

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The Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a top-of-the-line Michael Kelly mandolin. The centerpiece of the Dragonfly model is the unique vine inlay design carefully inlaid into ... Read More

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The Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin is a top-of-the-line Michael Kelly mandolin. The centerpiece of the Dragonfly model is the unique vine inlay design carefully inlaid into the fingerboard. The inlay made from real pearl and abalone gives this mandolin a truly custom look. The Flame is also equipped with one of their most in-demand features, a radiused fingerboard that is very comfortable to play. Many players feel that a radiused board improves their performance. The "Flame" in the Dragonfly Flame comes from its stunning solid flame maple back and sides. For improved tone, Michael Kelly has equipped this model with its propritary one-piece tailpiece that adds ring and resonance.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Top: Solid Hand-carved spruce
  • Back: Solid hand-carved flame maple
  • Sides: Solid flame maple
  • Construction: Dovetail
  • Neck: North American rock maple
  • Binding: Triple ply top, white back
  • Nut: Graphtech Tusq
  • Tailpiece: Michael Kelly one-piece
  • Inlay: Abalone and pearl vine style
  • Bridge: Radiused ebony
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Fretboard: Radiused ebony
  • Truss rod: Double adjustable
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Electronics: Fishman System One
  • Case sold seperately
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Michael KellyLegacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin
 
4.7

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4.0

Excellent construction, beautiful tone

By Jamie

from Miami, Fl

Comments about Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I bought this because I wanted an acoustic-electric mandolin for playing, publically, outside. The construction is excellent, and the tone is beautiful. The fishman pickup with a tuner convinced me to make the purchase. The volume level is very high when plugged in. However, the finish is not what you see in the computerized picture; it is much more orange-ish in reality, which is not what I expected or prefer. The most negative feature of the mandolin is now what you would expect; the dragonfly inlay on the neck! It is beautiful to look at, if you are not playing the instrument. However, when playing the mandolin, I find all the curly cues of the design a visual distraction, making it difficult to find where I am on the neck. When I am playing in the second position, up the neck, I need to make quick, smooth transitions. The neck inlay are a distraction. Block inlays or dots are better. This mandolin does not come with a case.

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5.0

A good choice in acoustic electric mandolins!

By JAMES

from Miami, FL

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Comments about Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I bought this Michael Kelly acoustic-electric dragonfly as my second mandolin, to accompany my Washburn M118swk, which I love. It was on sale during Guitar Center's Memorial Day weekend sale. I wanted an electric mandolin for those times when I am playing in public and need a volume boost. This Michael Kelly mandolin has very good tone, because of the all-wood construction and thin satin finish. This allows the wood to breathe. Mandolins and guitars with a high gloss finish may be beautiful, but the wood can't vibrate enough to produce good tone. Both of my mandolins have a thin satin finish and I am very pleased with the tone on both. The Michael Kelly mandolins were made in Korea when I first discovered them years ago but now the production is in China. I am not sure this makes a difference; they seem committed to producing "custom like" instruments. I have no opinion about the tail piece or the radiused fretboard. This mandolin has good fit and finish. It has Fishman electronics for the pickup which has a treble, bass and middle tone controls, and, perhaps, best of all, an onboard tuner, which is very rare in a mandolin although common now in acoustic guitars. In fact, I can't think of another model that has an onboard tuner. Plugged in, it is very loud and can compete in volume with any guitar or banjo player in a band I might play in! The dragonfly inlay on the fingerboard is very beautiful and contributes to the custom look and cost of the instrument. It gives the mandolin a striking appearance. My only complaint was that it came with walnut flame finish rather than the antique violin satin finish. Apparently, the people in the warehouse sent what was available rather than making sure it was the version I ordered. It comes without a case.

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5.0

A good choice in acoustic electric mandolins!

By JAMES

from Miami, FL

Site Member

Comments about Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly Acoustic-Electric Mandolin:

I bought this Michael Kelly acoustic-electric dragonfly as my second mandolin, to accompany my Washburn M118swk, which I love. It was on sale during Guitar Center's Memorial Day weekend sale. I wanted an electric mandolin for those times when I am playing in public and need a volume boost. This Michael Kelly mandolin has very good tone, because of the all-wood construction and thin satin finish. This allows the wood to breathe. Mandolins and guitars with a high gloss finish may be beautiful, but the wood can't vibrate enough to produce good tone. Both of my mandolins have a thin satin finish and I am very pleased with the tone on both. The Michael Kelly mandolins were made in Korea when I first discovered them years ago but now the production is in China. I am not sure this makes a difference; they seem committed to producing ""custom like"" instruments. I have no opinion about the tail piece or the radiused fretboard. This mandolin has good fit and finish. It has Fishman electronics for the pickup which has a treble, bass and middle tone controls, and, perhaps, best of all, an onboard tuner, which is very rare in a mandolin although common now in acoustic guitars. In fact, I can't think of another model that has an onboard tuner. Plugged in, it is very loud and can compete in volume with any guitar or banjo player in a band I might play in! The dragonfly inlay on the fingerboard is very beautiful and contributes to the custom look and cost of the instrument. It gives the mandolin a striking appearance. My only complaint was that it came with walnut flame finish rather than the antique violin satin finish. Apparently, the people in the warehouse sent what was available rather than making sure it was the version I ordered. It comes without a case.

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