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Hybrid guitar blends electric twang with acoustic pop

by • March 29, 2016 • No Comments

Musicians needing to pick away at the strings of an electric and acoustic during the same set can usually find precious van space being given over to separate instruments. The Hybrid 55 of Michael Kelly Guitars is capable of making either electric or acoustic tones, or a blend of both.

“We introduced our initially Hybrid 10 years ago and our Hybrid Special version remains one of our many talked about versions globally,” said company founder Tracy Hoeft. “Where the Hybrid Special had the heart of an acoustic guitar with electric capabilities introduced, the new Hybrid 55 is an electric guitar initially with a stealthier approach to the two-instruments-in-one promise which our Hybrid instruments have always kept.”

The vintage electric tone part of the Telecaster-shaped guitar’s hybrid equation comes courtesy of a Rockfield mini-humbucker at the neck position and a Rockfield SWC humbucker at the bridge. A dedicated three-way blade switch is utilized to chop between pickup settings, and both humbuckers can be split for a single coil sound thanks to a Great 8 wiring modification and push/push taps on the master volume and tone knobs.

There’s another switch to the top of the guitar which determines the Hybrid 55’s electric, mix or acoustic modes. Finger-picking acoustic sounds are provided by a hardtail Fishman VT Powerbridge and Fishman Powerchip, with volume regulated by a wooden knob positioned behind the bridge. The company says which players can opt for a Y output cable to send the signal of the magnetic pickups to one amp and the acoustic signal to another.

Elsewhere, the guitar sports a swamp ash body with quilted maple top in tiger eye burst finish, and a bolt-on 25.5 inch scale maple neck with rosewood fretboard.

The Hybrid 55 is on the market now for a suggested retail price of US$1,100. You can see the guitar in action in the promo video at a lower place.

Product page: Hybrid 55


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