This is hands down one of the coolest things I saw at NAMM: a pair of new 1950s Series models by Michael Kelly Guitars. A 7-string and an 8-string! I’ve always felt that the Telecaster-style design is perfect for extended range instruments because it really encourages attack and note separation, and prompts the player to explore all sorts of interesting chordal stuff. Plus they look badass. They’re rocking Flame Maple tops of Alder bodies with Maple necks, Rosewood fretboards, Rockfield Fat Ass pickups, and 25.5″ scale length for the 7-string and 27″ for the 8-string. Check out the 7-string here and the 8-string here.
Michael Kelly Guitar Company has announced new versions of its popular Hex Deluxe and Vex Deluxe double cutaway models. The featured upgrade for 2009 is the addition of a scorching new set of active pickups. The Deluxe twins are the first guitars on the market to come equipped with Rockfield Pickups new Black Betty active humbuckers. “Consumers were asking us for a specific tone and performance level for the modern music environment. When Todd Rockfield shared these new pickups with us, we instantly knew that these exactly matched what our users had been asking for,” explained Tracy Hoeft, the company’s founder.