Michael Kelly Mod Shop '55 Electric Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Pau Ferro Fingerboard

The Mod Shop version of Michael Kelly's 1955 comes hot-rodded with Duncan Stag Mag and Seymourized Mini-Humbucker pickups, all with push-pull coil-tapping.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Flamed maple top Premium wood grain with bright, projecting tone
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Seymour Duncan Seymourized Mini Humbucker Clear tone with pronounced midrange
Seymour Duncan Stag Mag Bridge Pickup Humbucker with authentic single-coil split tones

Players love the sonic versatility that the Michael Kelly 1955 delivers and the modern features that make it fun to play. This Mod Shop version is a collaboration with Seymour Duncan. Michael Kelly worked to find the right pickups to best leverage all the sonic potential of the '55. The Mod Shop crew carefully installs a Seymour Duncan Stag Mag in the bridge and a potent Seymourized Mini-Humbucker in the neck. Both can be coil-tapped using the two push-pull pots to access a more vintage-inspired single-coil tone. Here is a closer look at those great pickups:

Stag Mag Bridge pickup:

The Stag Mag is a high output bridge pickup designed specifically to give players a true classic "double-cut" single coil tone when switched into split mode which is part of the Great 8 wiring mod (details below). The Stag Mag has alnico 2 rod magnets with a traditional single-coil pole stagger, and a specially designed high output coil wind so the sound is bouncy and bright when coil tapped. When both coils are active in full humbucker mode, the tone is fat and smooth. Hand-built in Santa Barbara, CA, the Stag Mag has a nickel silver bottom plate, and is vacuum wax potted for squeal-free performance.

Seymourized Mini Humbucker Neck pickup:

The Seymourized Mini Humbucker has been described as Seymour's favorite pickup. The neck model in the Mod Shop 55 is designed so that each coil contains a high-carbon steel blade coupled to the bottom-loaded alnico 5 bar magnet. The tone has more midrange read more and clarity, and provides nice, even sounding chords with just a hint of snarl. Clean tones have a clear, snappiness, and distorted tones have a nice midrange growl. Hand made in Santa Barbara, CA and is vacuum wax potted for squeal free operation.

Boutique Electronics Mod: Great 8

The Great 8 wiring mod allows either (or both) humbucking pickups to be coil tapped via 2 push/pull switches included on the master volume and tone control knobs. This combined with the 3-way pickup selector switch provides the player with 8 distinctive tonal options for covering a variety of musical styles.
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Top: Quilt Maple
Body: Swamp Ash
Binding: Genuine Flame Maple
Construction: Bolt On
Neck: Roasted Maple
Fretboard: Pau Ferro
Fretboard Radius: Compound 10.5" to 16"
Number of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Inlays: Dots
Headstock: 1950
Scale Length: 25.5 in / 647.7 mm
Truss Rod Type: Dual Action
Neck Profile: Modern C
Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
Nut Type: Standard
Nut Width: 43mm
Strings: D'Addario EXL120 (.009 - .042)
Boutique Mod: Great 8 Mod - Master Volume (push/pull coil tap) - Master tone (push/pull coil tap) - 3 way blade switch
Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Seymourized Mini-Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Stag Mag
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Die Cast
Bridge Type: Traditional
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MK55MCBPSO
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Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MK55MCBPSO
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Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
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Shipping Weight: 22 lbs

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted March 6, 2021 by Jay S in la Porte, TX
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
High quality finish. Wood appears to be of a very good quality. The set up was spot on. Had 2 fret wires with a light bit of grab on the edges, but easily polished. The Duncan's are great. It's a very nice guitar and for the price you can't go wrong. Korea has come a long way and is as nice as a Japanese made guitar. Only gripe I have is zZounds lists this guitar as a roasted maple fingerboard. It Is Not!! It's actually a roasted maple neck and the fingerboard is rosewood.
Musical Background:
40 years playing in my bedroom.
Musical Style:
Rock, blues, Classic Rock
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