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  • #16
    That certainly is a sexy looking axe, and what I've heard so far is really appealing. I've got a couple of questions, though.

    1.) How is the unplugged acoustic tone? That's important because I usually play on the couch with no amp.

    2.) When you plug it in and crank the gain, is feedback a problem? I used to have a semi-hollowbody that had nightmarish amounts of uncontrollable feedback if I used a lot of gain.
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    • #17
      You say that the guitar is only available at GC, why?

      I'm sorry if I missed something in the design concept but I am already thinking that instead of 2 vol and a 3 way I would like to have it set up with a master vol and tone with a BLEND control in lieu of the 3 way.
      Do you think there is room in the control cavity for this type of configuration?
      Also, was wondering if the hot PAF style humbucker with precision potting is a 4 wire affair opening up the possibility to coil tap.

      Looks like a cool guit just kinda hate having to drive over an hour to a GC to mess with one.
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      • #18
        Wow! This sounds like a fabulous axe! Deep, rich lows and crisp highs, with a buttery midrange! It has a neck to die for and a simply awesome finish! Where can I get one?

        If you're serious about your music, you NEED this instrument!
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        • #19
          1.) How is the unplugged acoustic tone? That's important because I usually play on the couch with no amp.

          2.) When you plug it in and crank the gain, is feedback a problem? I used to have a semi-hollowbody that had nightmarish amounts of uncontrollable feedback if I used a lot of gain.


          1. As I stated previously, the MK Hybrid yields a satisfying keraaang when strummed unplugged. I find the volume satisfactory -- better than a semi-hollowbody, like a 335, but of course not as loud as a completely hollow thinline acoustic-electric. The Hybrid's body is chambered, so it's not completely hollow inside, but it doesn't have a solid centerblock, either.

          I'm a big "sofa strummer," and I find I can hear it fine on the couch, even with the TV on.

          2. Of course, the acoustic strength is in inverse proportion to its ability to resist feedback. So it will feed back. When giving it the "squeal test," the humbucker induced feedback much sooner than the piezo, at equal levels. But how much of a problem this is depends on your stage setup.
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          • #20
            I am already thinking that instead of 2 vol and a 3 way I would like to have it set up with a master vol and tone with a BLEND control in lieu of the 3 way.
            Do you think there is room in the control cavity for this type of configuration?


            That's a great idea for a mod, Kevman. You can't see it from my posted photo of the cavity, but there is LOTS of room on the right side -- where you propose swapping out the three-way switch with a blend-control knob. No issues with space at all here for additional componentry.

            If you get a Hybrid, and you decide to do this, would you let us know in this forum?
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            • #21
              The blend knob idea makes alot of sense but then you have no audio 'off'. Maybe instead of a tone knob it could be an electric volume and a blend knob?
              I still hope a two electric pickup version comes out w/ three knobs:
              -electric volume
              -electric tone
              -electric/acoustic blend knob
              -3 way toggle switch for electric, personally I would still mod this with a 4pdt mini switch for parallel/series/single coil

              This would be an ultimate guitar for me.


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              • #22
                Isn't this guitar just a cheap knock-off of the Taylor T-5? Not at all an original idea?

                What you wrote:

                "What is startlingly refreshing is the way Michael Kelly Guitars has designed their Hybrid from the ground up to be a guitar that is equally appealing to both acoustic guitarists and electric axe slingers."


                What I'd have written:

                "What is startlingly is the way Michael Kelly Guitars has designed their Hybrid from the ground up to be a guitar that is equally appealing to both acoustic guitarists and electric axe slingers EXACTLY LIKE THE TAYLOR T-5!"

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                • #23
                  skippydmongoose,

                  Who cares?
                  How often do you get to comment on a piece of gear and have the manufacturer respond.
                  PRS and Brian Moore (probably many others) have been making acoustic/electric hybrids way before the T-5.
                  I personally can't afford $2299 for a T5 so $499 for this guitar is a welcome alternative.

                  Jun
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                  Bravo mic'ed wet/dry/wet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXG-kJCCXk
                  Axe-FX direct recording http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMmA9tYIF4
                  Rivera TBR-1M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROvOH2NajL8
                  Hafler T3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzEyWzTz8zo

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by tats_dragon
                    skippydmongoose,

                    Who cares?
                    How often do you get to comment on a piece of gear and have the manufacturer respond.


                    Jun
                    Well, there is another chat site where just about every boutique guitar maker/amp builder hangs out. Simply bringing up their name elicits a response from them. Names like Suhr, Koll, Briggs, Myka, Fuchs, Fargen, and other well known builders frequent that place. So to answer your question, how often?
                    Tons.

                    Think of us as the ethics police. All we're pointing out is the "try it first" rule.

                    If the cat who reviewed this guitar simply did so because he played one in GC one day and liked it. Perfect. That's what I'd like to hear. Unsolicited, non-biased opinion.

                    But he was, according to the FAQ section, paid by the maker to review their instrument. [Editor's Note: That is, quite simply, wrong, and the FAQ says no such thing. Jon is compensated by Harmony Central in his capacity as a professional reviewer and editor. -- CA] And I know he could dog it. But if he did, the next time the builder has a new instrument to review, do you think they'll be sending him a check and a freebie? [Editor's Note: No, because they don't pay the reviewer. And FWIW, the only accommodation most reviewers get is the option to buy what they reviewed at dealer cost, as the unit can no longer be sold as new. -- CA]

                    Hell no.

                    That's all I'm trying to point out.

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                    • #25
                      Well Mr. ethic police I don't think you were fair in your quote of Jon Chappell.
                      Isn't this guitar just a cheap knock-off of the Taylor T-5? Not at all an original idea?
                      What you wrote:

                      "What is startlingly refreshing is the way Michael Kelly Guitars has designed their Hybrid from the ground up to be a guitar that is equally appealing to both acoustic guitarists and electric axe slingers."


                      One paragraph before your unfair quote from the original post is 'The concept is not new,'.

                      Anyone that plays guitar would know about the Taylor T5. You are just stating the OBVIOUS.
                      All we're pointing out is the "try it first" rule.


                      Stating the obvious once again.

                      Jun
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                      Bravo mic'ed wet/dry/wet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXG-kJCCXk
                      Axe-FX direct recording http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMmA9tYIF4
                      Rivera TBR-1M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROvOH2NajL8
                      Hafler T3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzEyWzTz8zo

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by tats_dragon
                        Well Mr. ethic police I don't think you were fair in your quote of Jon Chappell.


                        One paragraph before your unfair quote from the original post is 'The concept is not new,'.
                        And you are not being fair to me by missing the point the author was trying to make. One paragraph before your quote: "The concept is not new" the author points out what, indeed, is not a new concept. "A hybrid system combines magnetic and piezo technology, providing controls to blend the two sounds."

                        He doesn't reference the Taylor specifically, rather the ability to blend both piezo and electric pickups--like the Godin and PRS guitars.



                        Now, if you'll look closely at the two, Talyor and MK, you'll see the simlilarities IMMEDIATELY!

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                        • #27
                          Stating the obvious once again. Pretty pointless.

                          Jun
                          100% AxeFX ode to Michael Schenker www.javajunkiemusic.com/Audio/Jun/axefxremix.m4a
                          Bravo mic'ed wet/dry/wet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXG-kJCCXk
                          Axe-FX direct recording http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMmA9tYIF4
                          Rivera TBR-1M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROvOH2NajL8
                          Hafler T3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzEyWzTz8zo

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                          • #28
                            Hey, Jon:
                            I have considered a number of guitars that promise acoustic and electric tone on one instrument including the T5. While many are fun and cool— in a real gig situation they just do not seem to do what I want them to do.
                            I want to be able to go from an acoustic sound to an electric sound in the middle of a song without messing with a bunch of controls on my guitar or amp. You have the instrument for this review, do you feel that you could quickly switch from the acoustic tone that you prefer to a heavy electric tone in the middle of a song on a real gig? Would this one be seamless, or would it be like the rest that require a turn here and tweak there to get to that promise land of real, honest flexibility>

                            Thanks
                            GuitarSeeker

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                            • #29
                              I agree guitarseeker, when I was playing a Brian Moore it was not a quick change. But as Kevman pointed out if the two guitar sounds were on a blend knob, it could be pretty quick. The problem might be finding a dual pot to control a passive electric pickup and an active acoustic pickup.

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                              100% AxeFX ode to Michael Schenker www.javajunkiemusic.com/Audio/Jun/axefxremix.m4a
                              Bravo mic'ed wet/dry/wet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXG-kJCCXk
                              Axe-FX direct recording http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMmA9tYIF4
                              Rivera TBR-1M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROvOH2NajL8
                              Hafler T3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzEyWzTz8zo

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                              • #30
                                Well, of course the holy grail would be one that changes instantaneously. No knob fiddling at all.
                                That is what I want to know about this hybrid.

                                I know a couple of folks that play M.Kelly mandolins and they swear by them. The quality is there, no doubt.

                                Just wanting to know if this guitar is what I am looking for.

                                Thanks,
                                guitarseeker

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