Michael Kelly Forte Koa 10 Acoustic-Electric Guitar, 10-String

This guitar stands out with a 10-string setup, stunning koa wood, an offset soundhole for enhanced resonance, Fishman electronics, and a comfortable cutaway.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Hawaiian koa top/back/sides Bright tone; mellows well over time
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Ovangkol fretboard Smooth feel; brighter top end with full midrange
Maple binding Distinct, premium appearance

Michael Kelly combined two of their most innovative acoustic guitar designs to bring you the Forte Koa 10, which features innovative Port Technology along with a 10-string setup. Michael Kelly's Port Technology gives you a fresh approach to top bracing and soundhole placement that results in a noticeable improvement in sonic performance. It is dynamic, responsive, and has a big, bold sound. The Forte Koa 10 features an aggressive cutaway, giving you more fingerboard access and great balance. Combine this with onboard Fishman electronics, 10 strings, and the Koa top, and you get a guitar that sounds as good as it looks.
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Top: Koa
Back Material: Koa
Side Material: Koa
Binding: Genuine Flame Maple
Construction: Dovetail
Neck: Mahogany
Binding: Genuine Flame Maple
Fretboard: Ovangkol
Inlays: Forte Celtic Knot 12th fret custom inlay with Mini Dots
Headstock: Koa
Scale Length: 25.5" / 647.7mm
Truss Rod Type: Dual Action
Nut Material: Bone
Strings: D'Addario EXP38 Coated Phosphor Bronze, 12-String, Light, 10-47
Electronics: Fishman Presys with Sonicore Pickup
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Keys: MK Die Cast
Bridge Type: Zero-End Pin Ovangkol
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 6.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 19 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MK10XKGSFX
Koa, with Gig Bag
Shipping Weight: 9.75 lbs
Koa, with Hard Case
Shipping Weight: 16.75 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 727-793-0079

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted January 9, 2021 by anthony kehoe in ocala, FL

"what a fun guitar to play"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is an amazingly fun guitar to play. I highly recommend it. For reference my main is a Martin D35 and I am a professional church musician. I have owned many 12 strings such as Taylor, Martin and Takamine, but the wide necks and string tension pushed me away from them after 30 years. While searching for narrow neck 12 string I came across this, watched some videos about Kelly guitars, and took a chance. So glad I did. Now on to the detailed review. Fit and feel: Its a grand auditorium size so it is by no means a big boomy 12 like a jumbo or dreadnought, but it definitely has a rich, smooth voice with pleasant overtones. But OH MY GOD the slim neck and single E and A strings....makes this so much easier to fingerpick and play bar chords on. It feels like a six string which is what I wanted. This is a guitar that is very comfortable to hangout with, sitting standing, lounging, etc. Appearance and construction: utterly beautiful and flawless construction. Tight seams and joints. Finish is like glass. Because of the side hole I could see inside, and the top is actually a beautiful piece of mahogany with koa laminate, not a cheap piece of plywood laminate. Sound: unplugged, it has a very warm sound with great sustain and reverberation. When strummed hard you get distorted overtones, but that is my experience with any grand auditorium sized guitar. Strummed moderately it has a sweet, balanced voice. Plugged in is where I show my bias. While the sound is very clean and warm, I have read more never been a fan of piezo-only systems, and so will add an internal mike. It does not "quack" which was a great relief, but it still sounds too "electric/magnetic" for my taste. My reference is the Fishman rare Earth Blend I have in my Martin which to me is unsurpassed in natural sound. I dinged a half a star in my review for the onboard sound. In the end this is just an enjoyable, comfortable guitar that I would recommend to anyone who has wanted a 12 string or tried one and found it hard to play and keep in tune. I truly wish I had found something like this a long time ago.

Musical Background:
professional church musician 40 years

Musical Style:
blues, contemporary christian, folk
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