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Michael Kelly Forte Exotic JE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

If you're looking for an affordable yet unique acoustic-electric guitar, the Forte Port Exotic offers big sound, deluxe comfort and an absolutely striking aesthetic.


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The Michael Kelly Forte Port Exotic is an exceptionally unique Acoustic-Electric at an ultra affordable price point. Michael Kelly's Port technology utilizes an Offset sound hole for enhanced resonance, an extreme cutaway delivers extra comfort, and discreet Fishman Electronics make the Forte Exotic a gig ready instrument.

Unique Port Technology
Michael Kelly's Port technology combines an offset sound hole along with a special bracing pattern. This innovative design creates an expanded sound board especially between the neck and bridge when compared to standard acoustics.The result is dynamic natural projection with enhanced resonance and sonic depth particularly in the critical upper mid range.

Extreme Cutaway style
For easier upper fret access, the Forte Exotic is designed with an extreme cutaway. This cutaway allows the guitar to rest comfortably when your sitting down so you can focus solely on your playing. The mahogany neck uses a satin finish and is shaped to Michael Kelly's Modern C Profile for even more comfort.

Discreet Electronics
Featuring the Fishman Sonitone Active Electronics system, the Forte Exotic gives you both volume and tone controls for crafting your plugged in sound. The pickup and controls are discreetly located within the sound-hole so you can make stealth adjustments. The bridge mounted piezo pickup benefits from the extended soundboard as it is able to capture the full character of the enhanced resonance.


  • Unique yet affordable Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Offset Soundhole with special internal bracing for enhanced soundboard
  • Extreme Cutaway body for enhanced comfort
  • Exotic Java Ebony Finish
  • Satin Okume back and sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Discreet Fishman Active Sonitone Electronics
  • Michael Kelly Zero Pin Bridge system for streamlined maintenance

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

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Amazing looks and sound


Im a retired senior citizen. I jam occasionally with a friend or two but mostly play along with youtube. I took up playing guitar about a year ago..........this is the 5th one I bought since and only the secound one that I haven't had to return because of quality issues............Two of which were Fender t-Buckets that I bought rom amazon. I got this Michael Kelly about two weeks ago.............I am so impressed with the sound, the quality, the sexy looks. It came with a perfectly set up action......as the Sam Ash rep said it would. For the size of the body, it has great rich sound and tone unplugged. I amped it up for the first time today (had to wait until I was sure the neighbor's were not home) and WOW! This guitar may not need to be amped but let me tell you...........it was designed to be! Awesome guitar. Feels like a custom built. It,s also very light. I think it would make a good beginner's guitar as well for a teenager........who says you have to learn on a plain looking Yamaha?




This is a great acoustic.


The quality is exceptional. The two sound ports make for interesting tone. The electronics are Fishman, so it sounds good plugged in, too... It was well packaged, and it arrived quickly in perfect condition.

Quality Mike

Heber Springs AR


Another fantastic Michael Kelly


Although Michael Kelly is storming the electric guitar world, their acoustic approach has been much slower, though the quality is still superb. The unique design of the acoustic sound hole produces a very bright tone, mixed with the dark wood, it has a dark and warm tone. The neck is medium cut, with a comfortable grip not too thin and not too fat, though I prefer fatter necks on acoustics. But for the price, this guitar sounds better than any epiphone or Ibanez in the same price range.


Indianapolis, IN

Forte Exotic JE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

5.0 3


Body Size/Shape Dreadnought
Body Wood Okoume
Top Java Ebony & Mahogany
Bracing Port Special Bracing
Cutaway Extreme
Neck Type Dovetail Joint
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Neck Finish Satin
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Ovangkol
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Number Of Frets 20
Nut Width 1-11/16"
Bridge Type Zero End Pin
Nut & Saddle Black Tusq
Tuning Machines MK Die Cast
Electronics Fishman Sonitone Active System
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Michael Kelly Zero Pin Bridge
Case/Bag Included No
Series Forte
Model Forte Exotic JE
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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