Michael Kelly Guitars

Michael Kelly Mod Shop 1965 Bare Knuckle

Sale price $1,039.99 Regular price $1,527.50

Mod Shop 1965 Bare Knuckle

We wanted to step it up one more notch on our 1965 model so we challenged our friends at Bare Knuckle Pickups to find the right combination to make the dream HSS guitar. They came up with a killer combo. It starts with the humbucker in the bridge, their Blackdog model. It is aggressive and throaty, they describe is as having a deep bottom end, muscular mids and smooth highs and more output than a vintage PAF and we very much agree. The two single-coil pickups are their Slow Hand model. These are high output with a nice modern edge in their voicing for a nice driven tone.


The Epic Eleven electronics hot-rod mod delivers maximum sonic versatility. With Epic Eleven you get to break away from the typical 5 tones limitation of a traditional 5-way switch wiring. The secret sauce is the added mini-toggle, which allows you to add in the neck pickup into configurations where it would not normally be available. The second way that the Epic Eleven Mod adds sonic options is with a push-pull on the Master Volume which allows you to coil tap the bridge humbucker, switching from hum to a vintage single coil tone.



  • Top: Quilt Maple
  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Binding: Genuine Flame Maple
  • Construction: Bolt-on


  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: Compound 10.5" to 16"
  • Number of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Headstock: Bird's Eye Maple Top
  • Scale Length 25.5 in / 647.7 mm
  • Truss Rod Type Double Adjustable
  • Neck Profile Modern C
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Type: Standard
  • Nut Width: 43 mm
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 (.010-.046)


  • Electronics: Epic Eleven boutique mod, delivering 11 distinctive sound options
  • Neck Pickup: Bare Knuckle Pickups Slow Hand
  • Middle Pickup: Bare Knuckle Pickups Slow Hand
  • Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Pickups Black Dog


  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Grover Locking Tuners
  • Bridge Type: Michael Kelly Twin-Edge, 2 point floating tremolo


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