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Michael Kelly 1953 Electric Guitar

Traditional and unique in its own way, the Michael Kelly 1953 electric guitar makes an impact on the world.


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MSRP: Old Price $589.99 Discounted Price $399.99 Save : $190.00 (32%)


MSRP: Old Price $589.99 Discounted Price $399.99 Save : $190.00 (32%)
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The Michael Kelly 1953 electric guitar is truly a more traditionally built model. The vintage specs are incredible while making use of the Quad mod to further increase the fun of this guitar. Furthermore, the modern appointments on this guitar are a great addition to really drive it home with the high-quality aspects this guitar has. Whether you're a beginner, serious player, or even a collector, this is an incredible piece of equipment to have that really screams vintage and traditional and feels amazing.

Vintage Specs
The different types of tonal woods used on this guitar make up for a vintage, and traditional style piece. The body is of alder topped with a flame maple top and alder binding. The neck complements the body with a maple neck as well as a rosewood fingerboard. Resonance is key when it comes to this guitar and you will get a lot of high frequency range for the smacking tone we all know and love from vintage-style guitars.

Quad Mod
With the power of the Quad mod, you are given the power of a 4th pickup setting which turns both of your neck and bridge pickups on and makes your single-coil pickups sound almost identical to that of a humbucker. Due to the fact that your single-coil pickups are in two separate parts of the body, it gives you a very unique sound from that positioning.

Modern Appointments
As previously mentioned before, the Quad mod is a modern take on vintage-style. In addition to the Quad mod, the Michael Kelly 1953 is blessed with Rockfield TexPlus single-coil pickups which gives you just the right amount of vintage tone while giving it the modern sound it needs. The Michael Kelly 1953 doesn't stray far from traditional specs, but when it comes to comfort and playability, the modern "C" style neck profile gives you some of the best feeling in the world when it comes to playing a guitar up and down the neck.


  • Alder Body w/Flame Maple Top & Alder Binding
  • 25.5"-Scale Modern "C" Maple Neck w/Macassar Ebony Fretboard
  • Quad Mod
  • Rockfield TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 9.5k DC Resistance) Neck Pickup
  • Rockfield TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 10.5k DC Resistance) Bridge Pickup
  • No Case Included

Get your Michael Kelly 1953 Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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Great value and beautiful look and sound


The 53 tele is beautiful in the caramel color that I bought. I would give this 5 star, but the fretwork is a little rough on some of both top and bottom edges. The setup on the guitar was almost perfect from the dealer; no adjustments so far. There was a slight imperfection in the top coat finish, but not noticeable unless pointed out specifically. I worked with customer Sam Ash support to get a credit back to my satisfaction. The sound of the guitar on the neck and bridge pickups is very good; when both pickups in action, less so. Overall, very pleased with my purchase. Very good value for the money



Obviously, I bought this again and again


I bought the Carmel Burst over a year ago. The quality for the price is great. Michael Kelly ran this on sale and I had to get the Blue Jean finish.



Not my cup of tea.


Ordered online, I didn't care for it. The flame maple top looked more like a decal under the lacquer, and it was exceptionally heavy. The guys at Sam Ash were great and the return went flawlessly.



Michael Kelly 1953 Electric Guitar


I purchased this guitar while on sale, what a bargain! I really like this guitar! The craftsmanship is very good, setup is very good, and it sounds great too!



Great spin on a classic design


These are one of my favorite import tele-style options. The attention to detail and craftsmanship on this model is top notch. The 4 mod adds a lot of tonal variability and punch that makes this guitar and excellent value. Neck profile and body contours make this a very comfortable guitar to play for long periods. I have another one that was from when they were still manufactured in Korea, and the finishing of the fret edges was better on that one, but it's a simple fix to dress them to my liking (it's dry now, a good time to do it) and it's usually needed on bolt-on imports. All in all, one of my favorite tele style guitars I own.



Awesome Guitar!


Great tone, especially with the extra position on the 4-way switch. Wanted a tele, but the Michael Kelly brand seems so much more "bang for your buck" than Fender.



Okay with some work.


With some work to the guitar it probably would be fine. The bridge pickup sounded good.


Seattle, WA


What a great guitar ! I LOve the 4 position Pick up switch


I had a problem with the first guitar delivered. The staff at the 34th st store were more than helpful. They got me a new replacement within two days. The replacement is great !




What a great guitar


Bought this guitar in caramel burst. After taking it out of the box the top on this guitar is beautiful. The strings needed lowered a a bit but wow what a killer guitar for the money. The guitar sounds really good. The stacked single coil in the bridge sounds smoking and no buzz. So much better a guitar than lets say a mexican guitar from another company. There are reviews of this guitar on u tube. Check them. I like it so much I ordered a 2nd one in Blue Jean Wash.

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1953 Electric Guitar

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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Fingerboard Radius 10.5"
Neck Type Bolt On
Neck Wood Maple
Body Wood Alder
Top Flame Maple
Bridge Pickup Rockfield® TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 10.5k DC Resistance)
Neck Pickup Rockfield® TexPlus Single-Coil (Alnico V Magnet, 9.5k DC Resistance)
Tuning Machines Die-Cast
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Quad Mod master volume - master tone - 4-way blade switch (position #4 gives you Neck & Bridge in series for a unique added humbucker like tone)
Case/Bag Included No
Series 1950s Series
Model 1953 Model
Warranty Info:

All Michael Kelly Guitar instruments are backed by a warranty. Instruments purchased in the United States of America after May 1, 2015 are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Michael Kelly warrants solely to the original purchaser of a Michael Kelly instrument if purchased from Michael Kelly directly or from one of the small number of U.S. retailers defined on MichaelKellyGuitars.com as authorized dealers.
Michael Kelly warrants that the instrument purchased shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for as long as the instrument is owned by the original purchaser, and until the ownership of the instrument is transferred to another, subject to the limitations described below in this agreement. This warranty is not transferable under any circumstances, and applies to the original owner only, provided the product is purchased as NEW from an authorized Michael Kelly dealer.

That stated warranty is only valid in the country from which your NEW Michael Kelly branded instrument was purchased. This warranty is specifically limited to products purchased in the United States of America and only purchased after May 1, 2015 from a designated dealer authorized by Guruz Media Inc./Michael Kelly Guitars.
In order to validate your warranty, you must register your instrument using the online warranty registration within thirty (30) days at www.MichaelKellyguitars.com/register. You also must retain your original sales receipt as proof of purchase. In the unlikely event of a warranty claim you will be required to provide a copy of this.

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