Patriot Custom Electric Guitar Walnut 889406313545

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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 Custom is your new favorite 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 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
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Michael KellyPatriot Custom Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 45 reviews)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pay for a quality guitar not a brand name

By Man&HisOpinion

from Florida

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Try out the Vintage before buying

By K Woodruff

from Portland, OR

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A guitar for a lifetime

By Rog���rio

from Portugal

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

I just bought mine a couple of months ago, and believe you wont regret on buying one to. I think the neck is realy the best,very easy to play,Ebony...

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Matt W.

from Oregon

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year ago. When I purchased it, I had never heard of Michael Kelly guitars. But they are great guitars for such a low price! It's tone has a great sound and it stays in tune, even for how much I play it. Pair it with a good amp and multi-effects pedal and you'll be set to play anything

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar!!

By Matthew B.

from Hilo, Hawaii

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

I have been playing guitar for about 5 years. I bought this guitar two months ago after doing extensive research; I played Gibson Les Paul's, Fenders, Paul Reed Smiths, Epiphone's, etc... This was the best sounding guitar. The tone is deep and melodic enough to play dark ballads but it also plays metal and rock very easily; it flows over the entire range of sounds from squealing Van Halen solos to Country and Bluegrass bass runs. I was uncertain about buying it at first because Michael Kelly is a relatively new brand but now I am very happy with it. Buy a Michael Kelly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Patriot Custom: LP alternative for less!

By Blackdogxx

from Richmond VA

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PeterS

By PeterS-PbRUz

from Colorado Springs CO

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar for the range, don't skip a look

By OTownGuitar

from Orlando

Comments about Michael Kelly Patriot Custom Electric Guitar:

While this guitar is not the god send a lot of people say it is, it is a fabulous guitar with lots of great hardware and features that you find on guitar costing hundreds more. Pay for quality, not a label. The sound is great and compared to my epi elists les paul it is lighter. Really good balance and quicker fretboard. Very well constructed. Would have liked pickup rings but you can't win them all. This guitar sounds as good as it looks. Good thing it comes in a lefty!

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