Michael Kelly Custom Collection Element 5 - Striped Ebony

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Product Overview

The Custom Collection Element 5 bass was designed for players who prefer a modernized take on a classic. The basic body lines might look familiar, but the MK designers took liberties to enhance comfort and playability. You can select from three different top woods, each accented with black hardware. What makes this bass special is far deeper than the striking appearance. Michael Kelly carefully selected each detail and spec to deliver a great bass for stage or studio.

The impact of a bridge on the performance of a bass guitar is something that many often underestimate. In fact, the bridge is key to many aspects of tone and Michael Kelly gave it the full respect that it deserved. You will see that they used a solid molded bridge with tight slots for each fully-adjustable saddle, a big enhancement on its own. Michael Kelly, however, took that further. Below that bridge is an aluminum tone block. They add that hidden block to add sustain and attack. Since it is aluminum, it does not add weight to the bass, but has a similar sonic impact to using a heavy bridge. Michael Kelly call this bridge-and-internal-block combination the MK Stealth Attack Bridge System.

The pickups, controls, and electronics are another area where they did extensive testing and enhancements to get a great result. The pickups were developed specifically for the MK Element bass line by Rockfield and they have an over-wound classic pickup sonic performance. They blend that with their newly-developed Element Active Circuit that has been carefully tweaked to provide a modern sonic profile.

Also key to our design was allowing excellent user customization potential using the onboard controls. Those controls include offering you a stacked tone pot with separate treble and bass controls. There is also a blend via a blend knob to sweep from one pickup to the other or varying degrees of each. Also included is a bypass switch allowing you to go from active to a very vintage passive tone with a quick click.

There are many important aspects of the Custom Collection Element bass that you will want to see. See all the info below.



  • Top: Striped Ebony
  • Body: Red Cedar
  • Construction: Bolt-on


  • Neck: Rock Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5 INCH / 241 mm
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Inlays: Gray Dots
  • Headstock: MK 3+2 Straight String-Pull
  • Scale Length 35"
  • Truss Rod Type Double Adjustable
  • Neck Width: 12th fret - 68mm
    21st fret - 77mm
  • Neck Thickness: 1st Fret - 20mm
    12th fret - 23.5mm
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 44.75mm


  • Boutique Mod: Full Control Mod: Master Volume, Pickup Blend, Stacked Tone (bass tone and treble tone)
  • Electronics: Element Active Circuit with passive bypass toggle switch
  • Neck Pickup: Rockfield® 5SW (voiced specifically for the Element bass)
  • Bridge Pickup: Rockfield® 5SW (voiced specifically for the Element bass)


  • Hardware Finish: Black
  • Tuning Keys: MK Die Cast
  • Bridge Type: MK Stealth Attack Bridge System


Comfort neckjoint- shaped for added access
Internal Aluminum Bridge Block - for added sustain and tone

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