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Michael Kelly Guitars’ Custom Collection 50 Deluxe offers 12 pickup positions

Michael Kelly Guitars’ Custom Collection 50 Deluxe offers 12 pickup positions

by Stephen Charlton2016/09/21

Michael Kelly Guitars just launched the Custom Collection 50 Deluxe tele, which offers 12 pickup positions and a huge array of tonal options.

The CC50DLX model resulted from a collaboration with pickup gurus Seymour Duncan. A pair of Hot Rails humbuckers are at the centre of the guitar’s sound. As a result the axe can provide a fat rock roar or be coil-tapped for more subtle single coil sounds. Michael Kelly Guitars has also implemented a 12-Tone Mod, which provides a number of parallel and series pickup options.

The guitar features a four-way pickup selector switch. The first three positions operate as expected while the fourth introduces the option of running the pickups in series. Push-pull pots within the tone and volume knobs to allow you choose from the full 12 pick-up positions. It’s an intriguing set-up and the tonal choices at play are quite extensive.

Michael Kelly Guitars offering Custom Collection 50 Deluxe at bargain price

Michael Kelly Guitars Custom Collection 50 Deluxe tele Seymour Duncan Hot Rails

The control scheme of Michael Kelly Guitars’ Custom Collection 50 Deluxe tele.

You might expect all this to cost you a pretty penny but it’s quite reasonable at $1,100. Michael Kelly Guitars are also currently offering an introductory price of $699.99, which is quite a steal.

If you’re familiar with Michael Kelly Guitars you know they make beautiful instruments and the Custom Collection 50 Deluxe is no exception. It has an exotic striped ebony finish over a maple-bound alder body. The instrument features a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fretboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Rounding out the design is a modern C neck profile and a vintage bridge with brass saddles.

Otherwise the Custom Collection 50 Deluxe is spec’ed out in a manner similar to the other Michael Kelly 1950s Series guitars. They share a 25.5’’ scale length, 10.5’’ fretboard and standard 43mm width bone nut.

Michael Kelly Guitars Custom Collection 50 Deluxe tele

The stunning finish on the CC50DLX tele.

Michael Kelly consulting with fans for new extended range instruments, bass guitars

Michael Kelly Guitars are currently in the middle of consulting with players online while developing their new extended range and bass guitar models. Rather than keeping it all under wraps like most manufacturers, the Florida company is asking players for input at every step along the way. Fans can add their two cents via the Players’ Voice blog here.

They are currently seeking opinions on which pickups to offer on their seven and eight-string 2017 models for the 1950s series. Relating to bass guitars, they are considering opinions on wood choice and colour options. The company have never previously offered a full collection of electric basses so both Players’ Voice projects should produce very interesting results.


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Stephen Charlton
Stephen Charlton is a musician and journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

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