Michael Kelly Forte Exotic JE: Quicklook

I’ve played a lot of Michael Kelly’s in my day, but this one really resonated with me. As soon as I pulled it out of the box, it just felt right. The neck is very comfortable, and it chimed nice and clean as I strummed it. On top of all of it, I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. It has these lush caramel creamy colors to the ebony, and I just love it. Check it out for yourself in the video above! But let’s check out the specs below.

Tech Specs


  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Fretboard Radius: 12 Inch / 30.48 cm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Inlays: Mini-Dots
  • Scale Length 25.5 in / 647.7 mm
  • Truss Rod Type Dual Action
  • Neck Profile Comfort C
  • Nut Material: Black Tusq
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16″ / 43 mm


  • Top: Java Ebony & Mahogany Blend
  • Back Material: Okoume
  • Side Material: Okoume
  • Binding: Black Triple Ply


  • Hardware Finish: Black
  • Tuning Keys: MK Diecast
  • Bridge Type: Zero-End Pin Ovangkol


  • Ultra Thin Satin Natural UV Finish
  • Extreme cutaway body shape that provides enhanced access to upper frets and great balance
  • Side soundhole for added air movement and a great new tone for the player.


  • Electronics: Discrete Fishman Sonitone Active System


Just to summarize, I think this is a great guitar for any player. It’s really comfortable to play, and it sounds nice. What more could you ask for in a guitar at this incredible price point? Be sure to check one out for yourself, and for more info, click the link below.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.