Posts From Category: Guitars

Cort Adds Open-Pore, All-Mahogany Model to AS Series of Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Cort AS-OC4 Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitars

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — A solid, all-mahogany body with a natural, open-pore finish and orchestra model (OM) cutaway design—these are the standout features of the new Cort AS-OC4 acoustic-electric guitar, the manufacturer’s latest addition to its flagship AS Series. Similar to other models in this series, the AS-OC4 offers high-quality construction and outstanding tone without …

New models from Italia Guitars

New models from Italia Guitars

Brand new from quirky manufacturer Italia are three new guitar and bass models. Possibly the most tonally diverse six string ever made the new Imola Vario has some fresh, clean design changes, a redesigned body cavity for better tone as well as weight reduction, and even more tonal variation in the pickup configurations. Classic style 3-way switches split …

Michael Kelly Guitar Co. to Kickstart Lightweight Electric Guitar Collection

Michael Kelly Guitar Lightweight Electric Guitar Collection

CLEARWATER, FL (Mar 21, 2017)— For Michael Kelly Guitar Co., innovation is more than a market experiment—it comes down to listening to the community of players and their needs. After analyzing customer interactions across multiple platforms, Michael Kelly determined there was a pressing need for a lighter weight electric guitar option. In listening to these needs, Michael Kelly is using Kickstarter to bring a brand new series of guitars to their community.

Our players’ community has been a guiding force in the development of many of our recent collections. Repeatedly, we heard from many players who, because of various health reasons, truly needed a lighter guitar option. Some were ready to give up playing altogether. Now we are excited to be able to fill this need for players who want to keep making music

says company founder Tracy Hoeft.

The company embarked on a two-year research and development effort that resulted in the Michael Kelly Enlightened Series collection, which will pre-launch on Kickstarter at the end of March before launching globally this summer. Each guitar in this series has a target weight of 6 pounds—30% lighter than traditional electrics—without compromising sonic quality or styling.

The Michael Kelly team of guitar experts knew the challenges before they embarked on this mission. But, the team was determined to addresses every challenge head-on with the goal of optimizing the player experience.

Starting with the body, Michael Kelly’s designers began to interview experts in tone wood from around the world. After testing a dozen varieties, they decided on a species of mahogany that delivered excellent tone while being significantly lower in weight than more commonly used tone woods. The body was also designed to be thinner than normal, providing a dual benefit of added comfort as well as weight reduction. The risk of negatively affecting the instrument’s tone as a result of removing weight was mitigated by lightening the area behind the bridge. The development of four ports further allowed the team to reduce weight while retaining the instrument’s tone.

Additionally, these guitars feature parts that have been tooled up with aluminum, rather than standard steel guitar parts. Aluminum also proved to be ideal for tone and improving instrument performance. In terms of balance, no detail was overlooked in trying to solve the neck-heavy weight problem. Adjustments included finding an alternative set of locations for the strap buttons to overcome the issue.

Of course, an expertly engineered, lightweight design is only as practical as the sonic quality it enables. Michael Kelly worked to identify the natural sonic profile of each guitar in the Enlightened Series. Each model has customized pickups to enhance sonic performance, as well as special electronics modifications that increase the selection of sounds to allow each player to fine-tune their favorites.

The Michael Kelly team can’t wait for players to try out this innovative “light-done-right” collection that won’t break the bank—or their back! Enlightened Series guitars will be priced beginning at MSRP $850. Stay tuned and visit the Kickstarter project page,  to learn about exclusive incentives and rewards for pledges.

About Michael Kelly Guitar Co.

Founded in 1999, Michael Kelly Guitars is an American guitar, bass, and mandolin company that imports quality instruments manufactured to their specifications. “Built on Sound,” the company has earned a reputation for excellent aesthetics, value, and overall performance. For more information, visit  or call (727) 793-9059.

Kahuna Ukuleles Felix The Cat Line

Kahuna Ukuleles Felix The Cat Line

Kahuna Ukuleles Officially Launches Felix The Cat Line at Winter NAMM WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ – The cat’s out of the bag!  Kahuna Ukuleles is pleased to announce the new Felix The Cat line of ukuleles displayed at Winter NAMM 2017 are now available for purchase.  Designed in collaboration with renowned Felix artist Don Oriolo and …

Line 6 Unveils New Limited Edition Variax Shuriken Guitar

Line 6 Unveils New Limited Edition Variax Shuriken Guitar

New artist-designed Variax features a longer scale length, assertive design, and custom presets by guitarist Stevic MacKay ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 19, 2017—Line 6, Inc. today introduced the new Variax® Shuriken guitar, co-designed by guitarist Steve “Stevic” MacKay of Twelve Foot Ninja. Featuring a baritone scale length, advanced Variax HD technology and a bold new body shape, …

D-Day Mandolin from Vintage

Vintage D-Day Mandolin

The ‘D-Day Mandolin’ has been faithfully reproduced by Vintage® as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made over 70 years ago by those remarkable servicemen and women, and the importance of musical instruments in raising morale during wartime conflict. Featuring a white ash body with nyatoh neck, and including authentic aged hardware and inscriptions as a ‘nod’ to the original, the …

Fret-King introduce ‘FLUENCE’ Series Guitars

JHS/RBI Music NAMM 2017

Combining the detail of British design aesthetic, with the cutting edge of US technology, the new Fret-King Fluence Series guitars make for a truly ‘Special Relationship’ between Fret-King guitars and Fishman USA. Available in three of the most popular Fret-King models, all fitted with Fishman’s amazing Fluence pickups systems – which are based on the …