MICHAEL KELLY ZIRICOTE FORTE
Acoustic guitar design has not changed significantly since the pre-World War II era. For several years now, the Michael Kelly team has been working on a fresh new approach to acoustic guitars. This has culminated with the development of the new Port Technology. At the core of this innovation is an offset soundhole approach coupled with an all new bracing design. Traditional soundhole placement interrupts a potentially potent “soundboard” area located between the neck and the bridge. By relocating the soundhole, Michael Kelly was able to bring this area to life, providing a louder and more resonate overall top performance. This performance enhancement is especially evident on models with integrated electronics where the added resonance collaborates with the bridge mounted piezo for undeniably better results.
Forte Port Exotic Ziricote
When you first lay eyes on the Forte Port Exotic Ziricote you can not help but notice the striking appearance. That is thanks to the exotic Ziricote top. The styling is enhanced thanks to the Okoume back and sides and the addition of black binding and hardware. The sonic performance is just as striking as the Forte Port Exotic's look. These woods combine to give you a full-bodied rich and deep tone. We further improve that performance via our Port Technology which positions the soundhole off center and opens up a larger soundboard.
Want to plug it in? No problem. The Forte Port Exotic Ziricote includes a complete Fishman system. It is active and includes volume, contour and phase controls along with a built in tuner.
The Forte Port Exotic Ziricote is a great instrument and value, check out all of the details below.
ZERO PIN BRIDGE
It always happens at the worst possible time — you break a string at a gig. What if you could radically shorten the time it takes to change your string? The Michael Kelly Zero Pin Bridge makes that possible.
Our innovative Zero Pin Bridge allows players to change a string without tools and without the stress of losing or breaking pins. A quick slide into the specially-designed groove makes the inevitable string change as quick and easy as possible!
- Top: Zircote
- Back Material: Okoume
- Side Material: Okoume
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ovangkol
- Fretboard Radius: 12"
- Number of Frets: 20
- Inlays: Dots
- Scale Length 25.5"
- Truss Rod Type Dual Action
- Neck Profile Standard C
- Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
- Strings: D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze, Light, 12-53
- Electronics: Fishman Presys 1
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Tuning Keys: MK Diecast
- Bridge Type: Ovangkol / MK Zero Pin