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Michael Kelly Guitars Enlightened 55 Light-Weight Electric Guitar

Great looks are only the beginning for the Michael Kelly Enlightened 55, as this is a well-crafted electric guitar with design and electronic features and materials that rival those of a much higher price. The contoured body with bevelling at the top front (inward to the body) and top back (concave away from the body) and its light weight make this guitar a dream to hold and play - all night long!

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Michael Kelly Enlightened 55 Tele-style Light Weight Electric Guitar

The Enlightened 55 is an ultralight electric guitar with unexpectedly large tone. The core of the 55 is its humbucker and mini-humbucker pickup combination, enhanced with the use of the Great 8 Mod to give you 8 different tone settings ranging from double humbucker to focused single coil. All are just a click or two away. The pickups are specially voiced to maximize the sonic performance of the Enlightened design. 

With all Enlightened models, Michael Kelly have implemented an approach to making a lighter electric guitar that was carefully developed over several years as they focused to make the best sub-6 pound guitars on the market. This was achieved by changing the wood and making multiple modifications to the body and parts to deliver something special. 

The primary body wood on the Enlightened 55 is red cedar. This member of the mahogany family is used because it delivers classic and full tonal performance but at a much lighter weight than typical tone woods. To enhance the appearance it is topped it with quilt maple, to make it visually striking. The weight was reduced further by thinning out the body and adding ports to the butt-end of the body. The Enlightened 55 also has been upgraded with an aluminium bridge and control plate for added weight relief along with enhanced tone. 

Often, light weight guitars are hard to play with a guitar strap because they are neck heavy, leading to neck-dive. For the Enlightened collection, they developed a new combination for strap-button placement to deliver improved balance - and it works so well!

Tone, balance, versatility and comfort are all hallmarks of the Enlightened 55.


The Great 8 electronics mod is one of our most demanded mods. With this mod we double the sonic spectrum of our two-humbucker instruments. You still have the full powered tone of each humbucker and the traditional settings to give you neck, bridge or both. With Great 8 we add two push-pull switches to the volume and tone knobs, that when pulled up one coil of the humbucker is disengaged giving you a cleaner single coil tone. You can control each pickup separately, maximizing your options. What can you do with 8 sonic options?

Top:   Quilt Maple 
 Body:   Red Cedar
 Binding:   Genuine Flame Maple 
 Construction:   Bolt-on
 Neck:   Maple 
 Fretboard:   Rosewood 
 Fretboard Radius:   Compound 10.5" to 16" 
 Number of Frets:   22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Inlays:   Dots 
Headstock:   Bird's Eye Maple
Scale Length:   25.5 in / 647.7 mm
Truss Rod:   Dual Action
Neck Profile:   Modern C
Nut Material:    Bone
Nut Type:   Standard 
Nut Width:   43mm
Strings:   10-46 Gauge 
Boutique Mod:   Great 8 Mod - Master Volume (push/pull coil tap) - Master tone (push/pull coil tap) - 3 way blade switch
Electronics:   Specially Voiced Pickups for Enlightened Model
Neck Pickup:   Rockfield® Mini Humbucker-L
Bridge Pickup:   Rockfield® SWC Humbucker-L
Hardware Finish:   Chrome 
Machine Heads:   Die Cast 
Bridge:   Ultralight Aluminium Taditional
    Enlightened Ultralight Treatment - including special wood, thinner design, etc.

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