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  • Yes, you should run the piezo through a direct box. The D.I. does three things:

      So even though you can hit the input of a mixer directly with the buffered output from the piezo's onboard preamp, you couldn't do that over a long cable run (like in a live performance). The provided cable is short, suitable only for being in close proximity to the mixer.
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    • For the magnetic pickup, the same principles apply, even though many effects pedals produce a low-impedance output.

      So ideally, you'll need to seek a solution for your magnetic pickups, too -- like miking a small amp or using, again, a D.I. (because you still want the long-run, noise-rejection advantages that a three-pin balanced line gives you).
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      • Yes, I use a DI in that situation. Seems to have better range on the board. Hi Imp line required more input gain on my board. Noise wasn't bad in either setup

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        • I've been really eager to check out this guitar in person. Finally made it down to the Des Moines GC last Wednesday. Friendly people--they say it's a great guitar--but not only none in stock, but no idea whether they would be getting one in anytime soon. Nobody who worked there seemed to know (or really, to care) whether they would ever get another one. There was no sense of urgency; no sense that they were actively trying to get them in stock.

          When I pushed a bit, they checked other stores--apparently there are some in Davenport (over 200 miles from me), and if I would pay for one they would ship it over--and then I could return it if I didn't like it.

          I'm very disappointed, especially considering all the promotion and hype and the "GC Exclusive". Kind of soured me on GC.


          This is the exact same thing that happened to me in GC, only it's with one of thier upstate NY stores. I have been trying for over 3 months now to get my hands on this guitar. I will never, NEVER, did I say NEVER, go into another GC.
          I ended up contacting MK guitars and speaking with somebody in distibuting about this slight to MK guitars by GC, in turn I have arranged (read as convinced) for a local small guitar shop to order one in for me (in the NEW Black) I am currently waiting for it to come in so I can hopefully spend some Tax $ on myself.

          I really have enjoyed reading these posts and will give my opinions and observations on this guitar as soon as I finally get to play one.

          As a side note, MK should drop GC as a distributor, (I know hard thing to do) because GC is doing MK no favors.
          I'd like to be your friend, but you keep locking me out of your house.

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          • I don't know if anyone is aware, but at this years NAMM Show, Michael Kelly Guitars unveiled the new "Hybrid Special". It has TWO humbucker pickups with the piezo in the bridge, and one of the control pots is a push-pull pot that switches the humbuckers into single-coil mode. It comes in some great looking finishes too.

            My local Chicago area Guitar Center has been very helpful to me in purchasing my hybrid. I think the people here in Chicago are knowledgable and they were even willing to order one of the brand new hybrid specials if I wanted one soon.

            I usually "expect" an attidude from the staff at mosst guitar stores, so when they are actually nice to me, I give that person my busines again and again.

            Check out the new Hybrid Special on their website. It's pretty versatile.

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            • Hybrid Special - Now THIS may be what we've been waiting for! I remember being quite impressed with the original Hybrid's amplified acoustic sound, but found the magnetic side a bit too limiting. I posted these impressions here, as well. In the meantime, I bought a second-hand Peavey Generation EXP Custom ACM (yes, that's really the name of it) for $207 on EBay and have been generally pleased, even though it's "acoustic" sound is a step or 2 down from the MK. But this new Special adds another wrinkle. If I can get that awesome acoustic sound PLUS 2 HB's w/coil spliting, what else could I want? Sigh, now to convince the wife that I NEED yet another guitar...
              I love it when it's like this... and it's like this now!

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              • Love the looks SWEEEEET

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                • I think Im in love with the Spalted Maple Hybrid Special. I wish I didnt buy my Larrivee now, I really dont deserve that guitar... this one seems much more suited for me. Ah, I wish I waited! Check out this beauty!

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                  • Well, I just got my Hybrid Special in yesterday, and I put it through it's paces today and had a ball with it. It plays like a dream, and the sound is good. I am going to be using this guitar primarily as an acoustic with some electric in the background, or occasionally as electric only. As such, I do a lot with capos and so put some HUGE jazz strings (13s) on there so I can use a capo without pulling the strings out of tune (D'Addario EJ22). I actually use these strings on my Michael Kelly Duce Phoenix, and thought I'd try them here. They sounded good, and I'm glad I changed to them. I could use a little more bass in the acoustic sound, but that's easy to fix on the amp/effect pedal side.

                    I actually am getting some bleed back and forth between the piezo and the humbuckers which I was not expecting. My switch to go between the acoustic or electric does not totally isolate one or the other. While switching the Hybrid to acoustic, I still get some electric coming through and vice versa. Honestly, while not what I wanted in that regard, this is not a problem since I am usually going through a PA with effect pedals. A good sound guy can turn down one or the other when it's needed, or else I'll just stick a volume pedal on my humbuckers and kill it when I need acoustic only. So, just a mild inconvenience for me.

                    This really is a remarkable guitar and well worth the money I paid for it. I am using this guitar for praise and worship and this is a nice way to add some edge behind the acoustic. I did play for a while before dialing in the tone I wanted, which is not a criticism. This guitar does so much, it's amazing all the sounds you can get. I love the coil tabs and the spalted maple top. Add to that the sound you get and I am going to be using this guitar for years to come. In fact, I think my wife is already calling this guitar "the other woman."

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                    • Hi folks I'm brand new to the forum, just signed up 5 minutes ago. Here is my question. I have a Carvin AE 185, which is essentially a neck through electric with hollow side wings. It also has a piezo P'up as well as 2 HB's. What I am really looking for is a hollow body sound like a Sheraton 2, ect. How close to that kind of mellow jazz/blues tone does the M K hybrid come?I am attracted to the instrument but don't need another AE 185

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                      • buy a Sheraton if that's what you are really after. Hybrid is good, but nothing close to my Sheraton

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                        • buy a Sheraton if that's what you are really after. Hybrid is good, but nothing close to my Sheraton


                          Yeah, that is what I was afraid of. I love the look of the spalted special, but I really just don't need another AE 185 clone. All the hybrids seem to lack the resonance of the hollow bodies.

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                          • Hi folks,

                            I bought a MK Hybrid Special a couple of weeks ago, and am returning to for two reasons:
                            - a nasty 60Hz hum that stops when I touch the pickup toggle and,
                            - the intonation in the guitar is out and likely can't be fixed without a competent luthier.

                            I want to know if anyone else has had these problems (I know, it's a $600 guitar) or if I may have just got one that shouldn't have left the factory. I love the feel and the sound is great, but I can't gig with it as is. I hope this is just one that got away.

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                            • get an exchange

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                              • Didn't you buy it from a guitar store? If so, they are the ones that are supposed to set it up for you. Mine did, and it works great. How did you purchase your guitar? You always need to take a new guitar and have it set up before using it.

                                My salesperson noticed that my bridge was reversed when he first pulled it out, so he refersed it and it worked fine. Let the people who have the knowledge work on it, there should be no reason to exchange it if you don't even take it to a guitar store or repair place to fix it. Everyone knows that guitars can get out of tune in transit or there may be little things that go wrong initially. But that should also be covered by your warranty. Didn't anyone tell you about that either.

                                Take it to where you bought it before doing anything else! Tell them what's wrong, let them fix it.

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