NAMM 2022: Michael Kelly Guitars announces four new electric guitars with range of pickup options for 2022


NAM 2022: This year’s NAMM show is well and truly underway, and we’re seeing tons of great new electric guitars. Some of our favorite drops so far include ESP’s 2022 Exhibition Limited range – which features some of the catchiest six-strings imaginable – and Ibanez’s new series of signature models for Nita Strauss, Tom Quayle, Jake Bowen and others.

Now Michael Kelly Guitars is looking to get in on the action, as it announces four new guitar models for 2022.

An expansion of the company’s 1950, 1960 and Hybrid collections, this drop includes the Hybrid 55T, Hybrid 60, 59 Port Thinline and 1962 Flame ports. Let’s take a closer look at the specs below.

Hybrid 55T

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First up, the all-black Hybrid 55T features a mahogany body with a black satin finish, black binding, black pickguard and ebony fingerboard, while its construction is complemented by a modern maple neck. C-shaped for “balance, comfort and support”.

In terms of electronics, the guitar is equipped with three pickups: two Rockfield SWC coil-splitting humbuckers and a Fishman Powerbridge pickup system that promises “rich acoustic tones”. Using the built-in three-way pickup selector, the player can tap into electric or acoustic sounds, or a mix of the two.

Electric and acoustic signals are combined when using standard guitar cable, or separated via Y-cable to provide isolated signals to electric or acoustic amplifiers.

In terms of price, this one sits at $999.99.

60-port hybrid

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Like the Hybrid 55T, the Hybrid 60 Port also features electric and acoustic tones, thanks to a pair of single coils and a single piezo pickup under the saddle. Players can tap into electric or acoustic tones – or a mix of the two – using the built-in five-way switch.

Available in Transparent Blue or Transparent Red, the Hybrid 60 Port features a semi-hollow Mahogany body and Spalted Maple top, as well as a modern C-shaped Roasted Flamed Maple neck.

This guitar is priced at $499.99.

59-port slimline

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Next up, the 59 Port Thinline features a semi-hollow mahogany body and highly figured Spalted Maple top, along with a modern C-shaped roasted flamed maple neck and fingerboard. sports an offset soundhole and side port, supposedly enhancing its resonance and acoustic properties.

In terms of electronics, the guitar packs two Rockfield P-90 pickups, which deliver “warm tones with a screaming bite when pushed into overdrive.”

As for availability, the 59 Port Thinline is available, like the Hybrid Port 60, in transparent blue or transparent red.

This guitar is the cheapest of the bunch at $379.99.

1962 and 1962 Flame

And last but not least, the 1962 and 1962 Flame combine a classic look with modern features, including a double cutaway body shape that lends itself to easy top fret access, a contoured basswood body, and a flame maple neck. roasted with a modern C. profile, 22 frets and a matching headstock.

The pickups include a pair of Rockfield PAF humbuckers, with a mini toggle switch for on-the-fly coil splitting. Other features include die-cast tuning machines and a two-point floating tremolo system.

The 1962 is available in gloss black while the 1962 Flame is available in transparent blue or transparent red. Both are priced at $449.99.

For more information visit Michael Kelly Guitars (opens in a new tab).

Be sure to head over to our NAMM 2022 live blog to stay up to date with all the happenings at this year’s show.


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