Michael Kelly Patriot Hot Rod



Super nice Korean import. I think this is only the second Kelly I’ve had but I’m really impressed with the quality which is just one more example of how far Korean quality has come in the past 2 decades. The Patriot is MK’s LP style guitar with set-neck construction, carved top, dual humbuckers, single cutaway, 3/side headstock, dual volume and tone controls with a 3-way selector on the upper bout, and multi-ply binding on the body and headstock, and bound neck. Unlike a stock LP, the Patriot Hot Rod features push/pull knobs on both of the tone controls to either – or both – humbuckers. There are some more obvious departures, most notably a very unique and comfortable neck joint that makes playing upper notes easier, strings-thru-body rather than a stopbar tailpiece – which serves to enhance the sustain. The Hot Rod model also features some cool cosmetic enhancements – an abalone “flame” fretboard inlay in the lower frets as well as a “Sonic Art Bridge”, also flame-shaped, which adds additional mass and it’s increased bridge-to-body contact improves tone and resonance. It features all-mahogany construction for a fat, warm tone, which I’m beginning to favor over a maple cap. If you haven’t tried PAF’s on an all-mahogany guitar, you should give it a try. This guitar plays beautifully with low action and no fretting out, perfectly finished fret ends, and remarkably nice tone for a guitar that sells new for under $500. The stock PAF style pickups are fat, quiet, and warm sounding, plus the addition of the two coil splitters gives you an excellent selection of single-coil and humbucker tones – 6 tones in all. Finished in black Satin with lots of chrome hardware, this guitar is a definite eye catcher. When you combine playability, tone, looks, and overall quality, few guitars can touch this guitar at this price – just $379 AND includes free gigbag.


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