Our latest video has just gone live and something a little different this week. So far we have concentrated on some of the different Fender guitars in my collection, Telecasters, Stratocasters and the Starcaster.
Today we feature a 335-esque guitar, a Michael Kelly Deuce Classica in stunning Tigers Eye finish. Michael Kelly Guitars were founded in 1999 by Tracey Hoeft who is still the President of the Company. The name Michael Kelly was born out of the first names of Michael and Kelly, his children. According to the Company website, Michael is an in house photographer for the company and Kelly manages their Social media outlets.
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In 2017 the Fender Custom Shop celebrated its 30th Anniversary and it was also the year that I got my first Custom Shop guitar. This pre-owned beauty, a 2016 Fencer Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster was hanging in Sound Affects Premier in Ormskirk when I went for a look around to see what stock they had. It caught my eye immediately and it took some consideration and trading in of a couple of guitars to be able to take it home with me. The case and case candy was also intact including the Fender Custom Shop tool kit that shortly after Fender stopped supplying with the guitars. In 2017 along with not supplying the took kit the fingerboard of the guitar was replaced with a rosewood one which for me just dilutes the look of the guitars as the roasted AAA maple fingerboard complimented the Claro Walnut top beautifully.
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Fender had produced several guitars by the mid 1970s the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar all very much the same in regards of the solid body and loosely the same shape. However they had only flirted with the Semi Hollow territory dominated by Gibson and Gretsch. Fender had produced the Coronado in the late 1960s and had released three versions of that model from approx 1966 through to 1972. They tried again 1975 when they designed the Starcaster and it went into production in 1976. However like its predecessor it struggled to shake off the solid body heritage. With an off set waist body design and a sweeping 'wave' like headstock design it was as far from the Telecaster as could be imagined. Although it was not the most successful of Fenders designed it has become somewhat of a cult classic. The Starcaster and Coronado's were revived and well received in 2013.
Guitar enthusiast and collector from Liverpool, England. Just turned 50 and my mid life crisis is guitars!!!!