Rick Kelly stratocaster

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by leodiditright, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. leodiditright

    leodiditright Supporting Member

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    Since there is a Rick Kelly thread about the telecaster, let's start one about the strat. Rick Kelly happy strat owners come on in, post your comments, pics, clips, etc. It's gonna be my next guitar, and like others, I'd like to learn everything I could about them.
     
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    MrMunky Silver Supporting Member

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    crazy! who did the art?
     
  4. MrMunky

    MrMunky Silver Supporting Member

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    Rick did it. He's a talented fellow.
     
  5. mbrown3

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    Very nice guitar, Munky, and even nicer clip. Great playing and a very cool sounding guitar.
     
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    i agree! nice sounding guitar and i love the playing too:)
     
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    I bought a used Kelly strat from 30th Street Guitars last summer. It was just sitting on the racks looking lonely and sad. I picked it up plugged into a Fender Twin Reverb and fell in love. It was filthy, grimey and dirty. It looks like somebody dropped a coke on the pickguard as well. The pots have to be replaced as they are scratchy and full of gunk. But the sound is amazing. It is probably the lightest strat I own. The neck is nice and chunky and all maple. It starts out as a V shape and slowly graduates to a c shape by the 8th or 10th fret. It is just a dream to play. Did I mention it is also sonic blue? I'll see if I can post pics when I get home from work.
     
  8. Jim S

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    Cool. Got pics of the entire guitar?
     
  9. leodiditright

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    Great guys, keep on posting, especially clips. I still have to hear a clip like the Rice (father & son) are doing or Fatback (on his Oldworld) where I can really get into the intimacy of the guitar tone, just the pure sound into a good tube amp with a little touch of reverb. Thanks.
     
  10. aram

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    I almost bought that one!

    It was beautiful sounding! You lucky!
     
  11. jzilla

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    pics! pics!
     
  12. leodiditright

    leodiditright Supporting Member

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    clips! clips!
     
  13. jzilla

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    definitely more important!
     
  14. leodiditright

    leodiditright Supporting Member

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    The thread is dying guys, Rick Kelly deserves better than that.
     
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    WahmBoomAh World Crass Guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    New Yorks finest!

    I was lucky got em used. I did the upgrades. They both sound great. I am really digging the tele. The guitars have unreal tone.
    Great bang for the bucks. Old wood. Made from old rafter beams.

    Here ya go
    Kelly Strat
    Detemple pickups
    Callaham trem
    Nice geetar

    Kelly tele
    Callaham hardware and cyrogenic Fralin pickups

    Bruno tweedy pie.


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  17. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    Gotta love the Zagat Rated sticker in the window of the shop door.
     
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    Bigeric, that neck shot looks huge. Would this be Rick's 'Fatback' style?
     
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    The neck is big. At first it was scary. But I adjusted in no time. Now smaller thin necks feel odd. Its a vee into a c. The finish is also a black stain with no lacquer. The guitar feels very old. Plays in tune. The Detemple pickups sound amazing as well. I never had a strat that sounded as good as this one.
    For the longest time I really wanted a Kelly Tele. I had only seen pictures and read about them. For me it was the only guitar that had a reasonable price tag on it. Rick hand builds them. There is no BS about Rick. He makes no grand claims about his guitars. They do all the talking. I would never compare his guitars to any other builders.
    I was lucky and bought a pair from the same seller. I also want to say I worked on the guitars quite a bit ie new nuts fret filing new bridges and pickups So it was a journey for me.

    I would buy another one. I am not the type of musician who has a house full of geetars. To me they are tools. I dont need 5 similar hammers. If ya get my drift.
     
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    awesome looking strats. i have a bowery pine tele on order that'll look like aram's but with a few differences. the neck will be a 7/8" soft v and it'll have the concentric pots and probably no switch. lots of tonal options. i'm pretty excited as it'll be my first tele.

    when i was at carmine st a couple of months ago he had a beautiful looking vintage blonde strat. i didn't allow myself to play it but i've been wondering about it every since. do any of you new yorkers know that guitar? have you played it? looked really nice...

    -j
     

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