Posts From Category: Guitars

New Córdoba Guitars inspired by Disney Pixar’s Coco Revealed at D23 Expo

New Córdoba Guitars inspired by Disney Pixar’s Coco Revealed at D23 Expo

ANAHEIM, CA – Córdoba revealed an exciting new guitar product line made in collaboration with Disney•Pixar for their November 2017 release, Coco. During a presentation called “Bringing the Music of Coco to Life” on Sunday, July 16 at the bi-annual D23 Expo, Córdoba CEO Tim Miklaucic was interviewed about this inspiring collaboration and explained the …

Peavey® Builds Legacy of Innovation with USA Made HP™2 Guitar

Peavey Electronics proudly introduces the HP2 Guitar at the 2017 Summer

MERIDIAN, MS — Building upon the legacy of its award-winning, USA made guitars, Peavey Electronics® proudly introduces the HP™2 Guitar at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The HP2 is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. When a USA-made guitar bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO Hartley …

Cort Introduces G280DX Electric Guitar as New Flagship Model of Revamped G Series

Cort G280DX Electric Guitar G Series

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (July 11, 2017) — It takes a certain flair to be declared the new flagship model of Cort’s revamped G series of double-cutaway electric guitars. With its meticulous workmanship and stylish flame maple top, Cort’s new G280DX JSS (Java Sunset) combines the classic design and modern improvements that reflect the instrument’s sonic …

Córdoba’s New Bold Bocote Ukulele

Córdoba’s New Bold Bocote Ukulele

SANTA MONICA, CA – Introducing the 15CB, Córdoba’s latest concert ukulele. Built with exotic bocote wood prized for its striking grain patterns, the 15CB’s tone is as delightful as it looks— well-rounded and rich. Elegant appointments like a subtle abalone rosette and cream binding set this ukulele apart from other models in this modest price …

Vintage release new VSA500 semi-acoustic models

Vintage release new VSA500 semi-acoustic models

The new VSA500 models from Vintage combine classic looks with 21st century playability and design. With its slim-waisted, semi-acoustic maple body perfectly matched to a set-in, mahogany neck the VSA500 also features a unique offset heel design and staggered cutaways for greater upper fret access and playability, Finished in either a glorious Cherry Red, Honey …

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.