Michael Kelly '63 Open Pore Electric Guitar, Ebony Fingerboard

Get access to a range of different tones with the Michael Kelly 1963, a visually striking, solidly built electric guitar with tonally versatile electronics.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
10-inch fretboard radius Fast and modern fingerboard profile
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Sungkai body Similar sound and grain patterns to Ash

Sleek, comfortable and sonically versatile the 63OP is the perfect guitar for the gigging musician. The Open Pore finish on this guitar provides a more natural feel. This finish will preserve the natural acoustic properties of this tonewood while still providing excellent protection. Put that with the trio of Rockfield# pickups found on all the 1963 models, complete with push/pull coil split on the tone knob for the humbucker, and you get a striking guitar with many tonal possibilities that is as much fun to play as it looks.
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Body: Sungkai
Neck: Hard Maple
Fretboard: Ebony
Fretboard Radius: 10"
Number of Frets: 22
Inlays: Dots
Headstock: 1960
Scale Length: 25.5"
Truss Rod Type: Dual Action
Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
Strings: D'Addario XL110 (.10-.46)
Electronics: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone (with push/pull coil split for humbucker)
Neck Pickup: MK Fat Single Coil
Middle Pickup: MK Classic Center Single Coil
Bridge Pickup: MK Vintage Plus Humbucker
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Locking MK Diecast
Bridge Type: MK Twin-Edge, 2 point floating tremolo
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Open Pore Black
Shipping Weight: 10.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MK63OBKERB
Open Pore Transparent Red
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MK63OTRERB
Open Pore Black, with Gig Bag
Shipping Weight: 13.25 lbs
Trans Red, with Gig Bag
Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
Open Pore Black, with Hard Case
Shipping Weight: 21.75 lbs
Trans Red, with Hard Case
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. (2 ratings)
Submitted November 28, 2021 by John B. in WANTAGH, NY
"A poor man's boutique guitar - with some work..."
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I ordered this guitar because it had all the features I wanted, even though I had my doubts about (Indonesia) quality control.When I got the guitar I was surprised how good it looked and also how heavy it was- this is not some basswood peashooter that weighs nothing. I would say it weighs anywhere from seven and a half to 8 lbs. The body wood they use is some Asian version of Ash and it is heavy and 1-3/4" thick! Looking at the front the first thing you'll think is that it's some kind of photo veneer, but it is not it is the real wood grain. The neck is very nice not too thin but not fat either somewhere in the middle and no dead frets. Frets look like medium jumbo- which I like. Has locking tuners that seem of very good quality. Neck is also tinted like the body very nice job. So you're saying 'what's the catch?' well there is a catch and it's the electronics. The pickups are all cheap ceramic ones and while they could get you through a gig I'm sure, if you're used to good pickups you're not going to like them. I ripped them all out and put an alNico V humbucker and alNico V single coils from GFS that I just happened to have laying around. Sounded much better still a little harsh, so I removed the little chicklet capacitor and put a 0.47 paper and oil capacitor like a bumblebee but I think it's Russian (very good quality) and that really helped smooth things out. The tremolo seems a very good quality and it works excellent. I did have a small issue with the intonation because read more the tremble bridge although set perfectly centered and square to the nut was 3/16" short. What this means is that the edge of the tremolo is supposed to be 25-1/4" inches from the nut but the actual length was 25-1/16". I decided to keep the guitar and try to intonate it as is, and I could- but just barely on the low E which is the one that goes furthest from the nut. The neck needed a small half a turn on the truss rod and it was perfect. With the new pickups it now sounds very good. This is a really good modding platform guitar. The closest thing to this is when Fender was making the (Mexican) Ash strats a few years ago which were very nice but also have garbage electronics.So if you know your way around a guitar, and around a soldering iron then by all means buy this and go to town on it. If you're looking for a $1,500 American strat for $429.00 you're going to be very disappointed. But for the money you get a really decent body and neck with some nice hardware just put in the good electronics and you're all set and make sure you check that you can intonate it before you do any work. Good luck.

Sounds good with new pickups in it.

It has locking tuners and a good tremolo just make sure you can intonate this guitar before you do anything to it.

Ease of Use
Plays nice now after new pickups and a complete setup and intonation.

It's made pretty well for an import guitar it's going to need some work.

For the price it's a good deal but only if you know how to work on a guitar or are willing to pay someone else to do it.

Manufacturer Support
I bought another Michael Kelly guitar a few years ago and it was pretty good also changed the pickups in that one too.

The Wow Factor
I think this guitar looks really nice and it plays nice too- now.

Musical Background:
Experienced- playing a cover band

Musical Style:
Classic rock reggae dead Dylan stones.
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