Last weekend I went and picked up a Squier Bullet Strat that a junk removal company had found literally underwater for $30. This post is not about that guitar, because today I found another, much more interesting castoff.

Yesterday my wife and I went to a local discount store to get a new TV...this place sells last years model TVs, store demos, and general stuff that fell off a truck. We got a great deal on a beautiful 55" LG 4K unit, but while I was there the above guitar caught my eye.

Its a Michael Kelly, and I only had a basic knowledge of the brand in that I had heard of them but wasn’t aware what their deal is. So I left it, and instead bought a Mono M80 hybrid gig bag they had there for $100 (less than half price), thinking I had done pretty well.

So last night I got to thinking about this guitar, Googled Michael Kelly guitars, and it turns out they make some pretty nice stuff. This model is a 1955, a dual humbucker (mini at the neck, full PAF at the bridge) tele-style with a swamp ash body, maple top, and flame maple binding. Its got push-pull volume and tone pots so you can split both pickups, for a total of eight different pickup configurations.

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The neck is also really interesting, it actually has a compound radius fretboard...10.5 inch to 16 inch. Satin finish on the back, really nice frets, just an overall really nice guitar. So what was it doing in this place?

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Ah, thats why its here. I think it was probably dropped at some point, because it isn’t just the finish thats broken but the wood underneath. I mean its got a BITE taken out of it. Fortunately, everything around it is solid and it works fine.

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MSRP on the guitar is $600, and I wouldn’t have paid that. And I didn’t pay that. I also didn’t pay $500, $400, $300, $200...I didn’t even pay $100. No, I bought this guitar for $60 today, and that means I basically stole the thing.

In fact, I have to go back to the place because they’ve got a BC Rich Gunslinger Retro for like $100...that isn’t really a guitar I’m interested in, but I can flip it for $300+ and I’m always interested in money.