Guitar Review: Michael Kelly Patriot Limited

The Michael Kelly Patriot Limited features a figured exotic mahogany body with a spalted maple top that will have your fans in awe.

With all of the obvious visual appeal, the Patriot Limited guitar is a monster tone-meister.  The Patriot comes rockin’ with Rockfield SWC pickups.  You get a versatile tone, ranging from country twang in split-coil mode to smooth clean and bright in full humbucker mode. Both pickups can be coil tapped bringing you a barrage of tonal possibilities.

The Patriot has a set 24 3/4″ mahogany neck with a grippy ebony fretboard.  The Patriot is set with 22 jumbo frets that blend perfectly with the out of the box string action. Other features include an adjustable Tune-O-Matic bridge with string-through body, which gives the Patriot Limited guitar a slightly darker tone. The Patriot comes with Grover tuners that keep excellent string tension. Another feature that jumped out at me about the Patriot is the cool custom Celtic Cross control knobs; one for the volume and one for the tone. The SWC pickups are connected to a 3-way toggle switch and a volume/coil tap knob.

My overall opinion of the Michael Kelly Patriot limited guitar is positive. Although new to the guitar scene, they are very well constructed and have good playability. One thing that stood out to me, was the toggle switch position. The toggle switch is set back behind the volume and tone knobs. This really didn’t hinder playing too much but I caught myself reaching up top every once in a while.

The tone was really warm in the neck positions and pretty bright in the bridge positions.  I found some slight buzzing in the neck position when coil tapped but nothing that would interupt playing. The Patriot price tag is around $549.99, a mid level tag for this class of guitar. This is a perfect rock guitar to catch the eyes of roaring fans.  Check one out for yourself, you might find another axe being added to your collection.  Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding.

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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