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Got one of these delivered today 229 +12 P&P, have never bought a guitar online but this came well wrapped and plays great out of the box. This guitar is normally about £369 but at this price its a steal. There were others on sale from £220 +p&p but i think the custom has the edge with its Rockfield pick ups. Still to find a bad review, here is a guitar world review http://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/images/patriot_review.pdf
If you don't want to fork out on a Gibson Les Paul this baby comes really close... no joke
So im now off to annoy the neighbours :)
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banned#1
Good price! £400 + del at GAK.
#2
If this is the same guitar as reviewed here on Harmony Central, it sounds like good value:

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Acoustic+Guitar/product/Michael+Kelly+Guitars/Patriot+Custom/10/1

I must admit I have never heard of Michael Kelly guitars. They are Korean made I think, and maybe better known in the US tthan over here.
#3
Must say i LOVE this guitar been playing it all afternoon now and its a jaw dropper for the money. :thumbsup:
And it is the same guitar as the above link
#4
I love it when people post guitar deals , been playing about 2 years now (self teaching myself of Youtube with Marty Schwartz , Justin Sandercoe, Saskstrum and TboneWilson lessons)
I need to upgrade my acoustic now from my old encore to something like a Epiphone Humming Bird , EJ-200 or maybe a Washburn or VINTAGE VE660TSB JOHN LENNON .
Been told they are all fantastic guitars for the under £260 price range but its such a big decision
#5
MinerWilly
I love it when people post guitar deals , been playing about 2 years now (self teaching myself of Youtube with Marty Schwartz , Justin Sandercoe and TboneWilson lessons)
I need to upgrade my acoustic now from my old encore to something like a Epiphone Humming Bird , EJ-200 or maybe a Washburn or VINTAGE VE660TSB JOHN LENNON .
Been told they are all fantastic guitars for the under £260 price range but its such a big decision


Top information on you tube vids - thanks - I will have to check these out.
#6
I too use them said user's vids on Youtube haha
#7
For quality guitar picking with instruction take a look at : fretkillr vids on youtube, this guy is tops:thumbsup:
#8
I'm still after a USA Fender Stratocaster in Surf Green with a maple fingerboard if anyone knows where one is hiding?
#9
I myself wouldn't personally buy this guitar.. I would spend the extra few hundred on something which greater quality pickups , wood and so forth.. done get me wrong its good for a decent guitar but those wanting something to maybe record with or play live Ide spend out.. that being said if you only have limited money and limited equitpment, then sure.. this is a good purchase...
#10
Self promotion or what?.:whistling:
#11
Well I think its a lot of guitar for the money.
I'll give this heat - its a cracking deal. The only reason I can't purchase is I've bought 3 other guitars in the last 12months so partner would kill me.
Its a pity the spalted maple top is not in this sale - that the one I like.

MentaL
I myself wouldn't personally buy this guitar.. I would spend the extra few hundred on something which greater quality pickups , wood and so forth.. done get me wrong its good for a decent guitar but those wanting something to maybe record with or play live Ide spend out.. that being said if you only have limited money and limited equitpment, then sure.. this is a good purchase...


These days with modern computer controlled manufacturing methods its a lot easier to get a quality/consistant guitar for not much cash, you really don't have to pay hundred more pounds. The only thing that may be a compromise here is the pickups, but without trying one first its difficult to know. It's got grover tuners, set neck, coil tapped pups, good choice of wood, etc.
For the money this is a real good deal. Fill your boots.
#12
tranquilc
Must say i LOVE this guitar been playing it all afternoon now and its a jaw dropper for the money. :thumbsup:
And it is the same guitar as the above link


3 posts in 4 years and 2 of them in this thread Hhhhmmmmm???

MentaL
I myself wouldn't personally buy this guitar.. I would spend the extra few hundred on something which greater quality pickups , wood and so forth.. done get me wrong its good for a decent guitar but those wanting something to maybe record with or play live Ide spend out.. that being said if you only have limited money and limited equitpment, then sure.. this is a good purchase...


What a ridiculous post - of course you could spend as you say "a few hundred" more and get a better guitar - but that is not the point - this is a seriously discounted well reviewed guitar at a good price.

Personally I would spend a few grand more and get an original 63 Strat - nothing else quite cuts it maaan. :thumbsup:
#13
Try before you buy is the best way. I've bought a fair few guitars in my time and on the odd occassion I haven't tried them first and lived to regret it. One was a Gordon Smith and the other was a Patrick Eggle. Fortunately I swapped the Eggle for an Ibanez AM-205 and never looked back. I'm also left handed and this is an extra burden when looking for lefty guitars. I should set up a shop as I have a fair few to sell lol (Shamless self promotion :P). So I recommend trying one of these guitars first and seeing if you like the feel of it, or take a punt it's not too expensive at all.
#14
Sorry I am a newbie, how does this specific one compare to the others on the site such as michael kelly patriot special, shadow electric guitar, victory wine red and black?

Thanks
#15
I love how there's a left handed pic of a Michael Kelly guitar with RRP£449 slashed and showing £280, and they don't actually sell any left handed models. Not sure if Michael Kelly make any.
#16
fishmaster
Try before you buy is the best way. I've bought a fair few guitars in my time and on the odd occassion I haven't tried them first and lived to regret it. One was a Gordon Smith and the other was a Patrick Eggle. Fortunately I swapped the Eggle for an Ibanez AM-205 and never looked back. I'm also left handed and this is an extra burden when looking for lefty guitars. I should set up a shop as I have a fair few to sell lol (Shamless self promotion :P). So I recommend trying one of these guitars first and seeing if you like the feel of it, or take a punt it's not too expensive at all.

Try before you buy - yeah thats fair comment, although I would say in this case it would be difficult to get hold of one of these in your local stores, and it is such a good price.
Personally if it were me I'd get it, have it properly set up by a decent tech (my local one cost about 50 notes) then play, play, play. If it ended up not for me, there's always fleabay to get rid. For this cash, as a nearly new sale there you'd hardly lose any cash.

fishmaster - so another Ibby fan. Good on yer. Have a handful of them myself, although I'm pay a pretty penny for an AM like yours (right handed in my case).
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This might be a good discount but it is in the budget price range and at this price point you can't do better than a Yamaha pacifica 112 which would cost you less than £200.00 . For a begginer or anyone the pacificas are a top choice , you just can't go wrong with them .
#18
meggie_dude
Try before you buy - yeah thats fair comment, although I would say in this case it would be difficult to get hold of one of these in your local stores, and it is such a good price.
Personally if it were me I'd get it, have it properly set up by a decent tech (my local one cost about 50 notes) then play, play, play. If it ended up not for me, there's always fleabay to get rid. For this cash, as a nearly new sale there you'd hardly lose any cash.

fishmaster - so another Ibby fan. Good on yer. Have a handful of them myself, although I'm pay a pretty penny for an AM like yours (right handed in my case).


Most of my guitars are right handed including the AM-205, I got a tech to change the nut and setup the strings so I can play it left handed. Easy to swap back to right handed if I ever needed to.
#19
alvinwalrus
This might be a good discount but it is in the budget price range and at this price point you can't do better than a Yamaha pacifica 112 which would cost you less than £200.00 . For a begginer or anyone the pacificas are a top choice , you just can't go wrong with them .


The Pacificas are great, my 112 is from 1994 when I bought it new, although I've seen a drastic fall in quality since 1994 in later Pacificas. Mine is excellent. I'm not sure how a modern Pacifica would compare to it.
#20
Gorillasan
Sorry I am a newbie, how does this specific one compare to the others on the site such as michael kelly patriot special, shadow electric guitar, victory wine red and black?

Thanks

Its really difficult to say without knowing the guitars sufficiently well.
They are all slightly different spec. I don't know the brand enough to say exactly what the differences are but generally speaking you pay more for fancy maple tops on the body, binding (strips round the body/neck edge) different/better pickups etc/etc.
The construction will be generally the same, but plain looking/unbound/less-special pickups are obviously cheaper than the blinged up maple tops with covered pickups and maybe better inlays on the neck. The pickups will deliver a different sound depending on their spec too. From hard core metal to classic rock. You pays your money and takes your choice.
See if there's a Michael Kelly forum out there where you can get some advice from.

MD
#21
fishmaster
Most of my guitars are right handed including the AM-205, I got a tech to change the nut and setup the strings so I can play it left handed. Easy to swap back to right handed if I ever needed to.

Please don't tell me you drilled holes in your lovely AM to take the strap pin.
I can hardly bear thinking about it. The thought makes me feel physically ill.
#22
meggie_dude
Please don't tell me you drilled holes in your lovely AM to take the strap pin.
I can hardly bear thinking about it. The thought makes me feel physically ill.


Absolutely not! :) I only sit down with this guitar. I have a right handed SG Custom 1972 with triple humbucker and Bigsby trem. Again I'd never tamper with it, still has the original machine heads, they do need changing though sadly.
#23
fishmaster
Absolutely not! :) I only sit down with this guitar. I have a right handed SG Custom 1972 with triple humbucker and Bigsby trem. Again I'd never tamper with it, still has the original machine heads, they do need changing though sadly.

Phew, Pleased to hear it. You have a sweet couple of guitars there. :thumbsup:
No Gibbo yet for me. Got into Ibanez about 2 years ago. Completely hooked now especially the semi's.

ATB

MD.
#24
Fantastic deal, I'm sooooo tempted to get one as a second guitar. Best deal i've seen on here for a good while.
#25
jazid
Top information on you tube vids - thanks - I will have to check these out.


Your welcome acid , if there where some kind of YouTube oscars these guys would deserve them . I subscribe to their Youtube channels and look forward to the new uploads . Course id like to have had some paid lessons but im coming along really well now .
#26
Looks like a good deal imo. Thanks for the Youtube names. My fingers are soft again :roll:
#27
alvinwalrus
This might be a good discount but it is in the budget price range and at this price point you can't do better than a Yamaha pacifica 112 which would cost you less than £200.00 . For a begginer or anyone the pacificas are a top choice , you just can't go wrong with them .


agree with that - got one for my son, in 'violin sunburst', seems great value and sound. decent bit of kit.
#28
fishmaster
I love how there's a left handed pic of a Michael Kelly guitar with RRP£449 slashed and showing £280, and they don't actually sell any left handed models. Not sure if Michael Kelly make any.


Yep - that is indeed poor! Think I may ring them to place an order for the LH version! I'm a lefty and its a pain in the neck sometimes, I've imported some nice guitars from the USA they seem to have a better selection of lefty guitars over there.
#29
d_dixon50
Yep - that is indeed poor! Think I may ring them to place an order for the LH version! I'm a lefty and its a pain in the neck sometimes, I've imported some nice guitars from the USA they seem to have a better selection of lefty guitars over there.


Yeah the USA has a much wider selection, there are some specialist stores in the UK and the odd bargain, but even second hand it can be hard to find lefties. I've almost gone down the route of ordering from the USA, but the exchange rate and customs costs are prohibitive. Maybe take an old banger of a guitar over and ditch it and bring back something new, dunno if that fools the customs, maybe I'm thinking aloud :) hehe. I've been lucky in the past I bought a load of my m8s lefty guitars when he gave up playing. He had a custom ESP Metallica guitar, cost him £2,500. I never did buy it from him though, I didn't like it and it was too specialist for me. Bought quite a few others from him, played em to death and sold em on. I'm looking to get a decent acoustic or two. I have my own place now and that's why I've sold off a few of my electrics that I don't need. Getting back to the guitar mentioned in this thread, it looks great for the money. My Patrick Eggle looked great and I picked it up from the factory, cost me £900 approx I think in the mid 90s. I never got on with the shorter neck, it just never felt right. I vowed from that day on to only buy guitars after playing them! lol. Thinking back it was a bit mad to just go and spend £900 on a guitar without playing it. Anyway it worked out well I swapped it for the previously mentioned Ibanez AM-205 (1983)which is worth a damn sight more :) I wouldn't be so worried about shelling out £241 for a guitar I'd never played. Another important factor which is difficult to judge for newbies is how does it sound? At least it's easier to change pickups in the future to tailor your sound. My Pacifica 112 has great neck and middle pickups and I changed the bridge humbucker for a DiMarzio. For £129 which I think it was in the early 90s it's a great guitar, had a Roland guitar synth hooked up to it once. Looks battered now but plays great. I don't work for K.G.B. music but if they're still going in the Birkenhead area they did a great job of refretting my Gibson SG and setting it up for a lefty. I don't live on west side of the UK anymore, I live on the east. Not found anyone that great over my way atm. Tried some one in Peterborough but didn't like his advice and setup was average. Anyway what a load of waffle!
#30
Nice guitar for a very good price. I'm looking for a second guitar

HOT!
#31
this particular model has now sold out which is good for me as my finger was hoovering over the buy button.

i also like the look of the patriot special that they are selling with the P90 pick ups - that should also be a very nice guitar.

i currently use a MIM strat but have always enjoyed the sound and feel of a les paul type guitar (even though i have only played on copies )

i wonder whether these patriots will be better than my strat as i find the action of the strat to be a bit high for my tastes.
#32
meggie_dude
Its really difficult to say without knowing the guitars sufficiently well.
They are all slightly different spec. I don't know the brand enough to say exactly what the differences are but generally speaking you pay more for fancy maple tops on the body, binding (strips round the body/neck edge) different/better pickups etc/etc.
The construction will be generally the same, but plain looking/unbound/less-special pickups are obviously cheaper than the blinged up maple tops with covered pickups and maybe better inlays on the neck. The pickups will deliver a different sound depending on their spec too. From hard core metal to classic rock. You pays your money and takes your choice.
See if there's a Michael Kelly forum out there where you can get some advice from.

MD


Thanks MD.
#33
just had to get the black patriot model, it had some cracking reviews - very very happy with the price.

now to sneak it past my wife:thumbsup:
#34
In my experience I've found that reviews will give a general indication of quality but nothing more. When someone shells out hundreds for a guitar they'll end up convincing them self it's great because it hurts too much to just stick their hand up and say it was a bad choice.

Play, play, play is the best advice ever. Go to a shop and play the ones you like and the ones you don't like. Play the really really dear ones then play the cheapest piece of **** they have - the more you play the better idea you'll have of what suites you as a player.

I wouldn't buy this as it's not a name I know of or know anyone else who knows of it and I can't play it to see how it feels and sounds. I'm not voting either though, BTW.

I've just recently spent £320 on a Mex Fender Tele Standard. Replaced the tuners, took out the neck pickup and put an esquire style pickguard on. Whipped out the bridge pickup and stuck in a P90 then rewired the controls to a volume and used wiring from a DIY pedal kit to stick in a basic overdrive effect and wired the selector switch drop the OD in and out. It's probably cost me £450/£500 but it've been told buy others borrowing it's superior to similar USA teles.

Before that I was using an Epi Les Paul Customer with Gibson humbuckers - no idea what the pickups were but it was a special run with different pickups pre installed. Cost me £400 and served me for about 6 years. It's battered to hell and covered in paint and stickers and beer and blood and sweat but it's the only guitar I use for recording!

IMO this is a better guitar, even though it's a cheaper option:
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/gretsch-electromatic-pro-jet/13250
#35
Hometown Zero
In my experience I've found that reviews will give a general indication of quality but nothing more. When someone shells out hundreds for a guitar they'll end up convincing them self it's great because it hurts too much to just stick their hand up and say it was a bad choice.

Play, play, play is the best advice ever. Go to a shop and play the ones you like and the ones you don't like. Play the really really dear ones then play the cheapest piece of **** they have - the more you play the better idea you'll have of what suites you as a player.

I wouldn't buy this as it's not a name I know of or know anyone else who knows of it and I can't play it to see how it feels and sounds. I'm not voting either though, BTW.

I've just recently spent £320 on a Mex Fender Tele Standard. Replaced the tuners, took out the neck pickup and put an esquire style pickguard on. Whipped out the bridge pickup and stuck in a P90 then rewired the controls to a volume and used wiring from a DIY pedal kit to stick in a basic overdrive effect and wired the selector switch drop the OD in and out. It's probably cost me £450/£500 but it've been told buy others borrowing it's superior to similar USA teles.

Before that I was using an Epi Les Paul Customer with Gibson humbuckers - no idea what the pickups were but it was a special run with different pickups pre installed. Cost me £400 and served me for about 6 years. It's battered to hell and covered in paint and stickers and beer and blood and sweat but it's the only guitar I use for recording!

IMO this is a better guitar, even though it's a cheaper option:
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/gretsch-electromatic-pro-jet/13250


I hear what your saying and it is good advice, the only reason i made this post is that i already own a Michael Kelly that i bought from a shop so was able to play before buying i was so impressed that i took the gamble to buy online which paid off and saved myself 130 quid :)
The next time your over in Glasow check out Merchant City Music where i bought my first MK the Valor X and get ready to eat your words.
In the past i have owned Amrican made guitars LP and Strats and im not going to say this has the finish of either of them but its sound thats important and for not a lot of cash these babys sing. Don't think i'm some sort of MK fanboy as i also own 2 fenders which i love but this was a deal and mate once you play one you'll know what im talking about.
Oh and by the way how can you recommend one guitar over another when you freely admit you have never heard a MK???? and another thing you should have bought a classic player and saved some money cause mines ****** over the american fender i own ;-)
#36
If you have previous experience of a guitar and know what your getting then fair enough. My Point was that for those in the dark it would make more sense to buy something they could try out first.

I'm in Glasgow this Sunday so might try to get in to give one a try - I'm no in the market for one but I'm intrigued now!

I think saying the Gretsch is a "better guitar" was a bad choice of words. As you say I've not tried the MK so wouldn't know - I think the Gretsch is a safer choice though ;-)

When I was looking in to buying my last guitar I did try a Classic Player, a Baja actually, and they are brilliant guitars with the wiring config and pickups. I've managed to pretty much make a customer tele that fits my exact needs for the same price though, as I'm not paying extra for anything that I didn't need to start out.
A P90 in a tele is pyoor heaven and any sound I got from the other guitars I tried before buying came no place near my tele now.
#37
I took delivery of my patriot black this morning and its a thing of beauty. Not only does it look fantastic but the quality of it is frankly extraordinary. The guitar i had did not have a fleck of paint out of line. its just a quality black slab of beauty.

I have not had the opportunity of plugging it in yet but spent some time before work playing it unplugged. It sounded very good - surprising loud (a bit like playing an acoustic really).

The action was the best out of any guitar i have owned or even played. the fret board was super smooth and it was certainly easier to play that any other guitar i have owned.

as you can tell i am very impressed with my purchase especially taking into account the low price of the guitar.
#38
I took delivery of my new MK Patriot Black yesterday. Musicalbits got the guitar to me in 3 working days.

The guitar itself is great. Very well finished with a solid feel. Great sound.

I am delighted with this deal.

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