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The HOLE truth about the Michael Kelly Port acoustic guitars

March 23, 2016

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What did an acoustic guitar look like 20 years ago? 40 years ago? Heck, even 80 years ago? Acoustic guitar design had not changed significantly in decades. But, the Michael Kelly team couldn’t help but wonder, “what if…” culminating in the development of the new Port Technology acoustic guitars.

Just because the soundhole on an acoustic guitar has always been under the strings, does that mean it always has to be? Why not let the wood of the top guitar’s top resonate fully with minimal interruption? Our offset soundhole allowed for an all new bracing design that, when combined, brings the player a noticeable improvement in sonic performance that is potent, responsive, and has a bold sound.

What’s so imPORTant about the hole?
How do these improvements improve sonic performance of our acoustic guitars? Isn’t a hole just a hole? Well, not when it comes to resonance! Traditional placement of an acoustic guitar soundhole interrupts the wood of the potentially potent soundboard area right under the strings. By relocating the soundhole, Michael Kelly was able to bring this area of an acoustic guitar to life, providing more volume and a more resonate overall top performance. This augmented performance is further aided because our acoustic guitars have integrated electronics where the added resonance collaborates with the bridge-mounted piezo for undeniably better results.

Choosing which Port is right for you
Now that you know about the difference Port technology makes to the sound of an acoustic guitar, how do you choose between the three Port models offered by Michael Kelly? Check out these features and see which one works for you:

Forte Port

Top: Solid Spruce

Neck: Mahogany

Fretboard: Rosewood

Special features: Ultra Thin Satin Natural finish; Side soundholes for increased volume for player; extreme cutaway body shape enhanced access to upper frets and great balance.

Triad Port

Top: Solid Spruce

Neck: Mahogany

Fretboard: Rosewood

Special features: Side soundholes for increased volume for player; Triad 3-piece exotic wood back; extreme cutaway body shape enhanced access to upper frets and great balance.

Forte Port X

Top: Quilt Maple

Neck: Mahogany

Fretboard: Rosewood

Special features: Forte Celtic Knot inlay at 12th fret; Quilt maple headstock; Partial eclipse finish; extreme cutaway body shape enhanced access to upper frets and great balance.

Hear the difference between the three Port models in this comparison video:

Now that you know the HOLE truth about the Port acoustic guitars, learn more here

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