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Old 05-18-2022, 08:27 PM
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Default anyone out there a fan of Michael Keller?

I was wondering who out there might have a Keller or 2 in their collection. I have several, all of them incredible. most are Brazilian rosewood...
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:15 PM
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I've noticed he has closed his shop...have seen one, but never played one.
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I've noticed he has closed his shop...have seen one, but never played one.
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Michael passed away...
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:35 AM
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Default Mike Keller

yes I was sorry to find that out. He was a very good friend .. I currently own 7 of his guitars .. going back to 2000. Was just curious if there are any other fans of his work out there..
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:49 AM
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Jeff,
Michael passed away...

Ahhh…sorry to hear that…I used to look at his website…when I was dreaming [emoji189] about guitars, and yours too!
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Old 05-19-2022, 04:37 PM
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I chatted to him at Healdsburg 2003 and played 2 of his guitars, both were among the very best sounding at the show. Really nice humble man. I was very tempted by one of his guitars, deep rich tone, lovely Braz... sad to hear of his passing
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Old 05-24-2022, 08:29 PM
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I had Michael build my first commissioned guitar back in 1995, back when I lived in his neighborhood. I had taken my old Yamaha FG-335 in to him for a new nut and a fret job, and he let me play his personal guitar… a gorgeous flamed maple SJ. I ended up ordering one similar, with flamed maple and a beautiful European spruce top. I play it to this day, and love it like a child:-)
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Old 06-01-2022, 07:30 PM
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Sorry to hear of his passing. I recall reading on this forum once he posted (if I recall rightly) telling of how Olson had got the idea to use cedar from him or something like that. Not sure if i remembered it correctly. Whatever the case, he was a luthier who had begun building from way back in the 1970s so it is the passing of an age also. Here is an interview with him that may be a fitting epitaph for his work as a luthier...

https://www.dreamguitars.com/michael...-dg-interview/
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Old 06-25-2022, 07:30 AM
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Have one of his Baby guitars in flamed Koa. Super guitar a work of art
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Old 07-03-2022, 06:37 AM
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Default Michael Keller

I live a few miles from Michael’s shop. I remember visiting with him for hours on end surrounded by his beautiful works in process. Eventually I commissioned a Koa Jumbo with one of the last remaining ‘Lucky Strike’ redwood tops. A truly magnificent guitar.

I recently acquired a scintillating war era Martin D-28 and when I reached out to Michael to tell him that his Jumbo Koa is every bit as remarkableÂ… I learned that he had passed. I am very sorry that this Master Builder is no longer with us.

I intend to seek out one of his smaller guitars. Wonderful instruments.
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Old 07-03-2022, 05:59 PM
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I live a few miles from Michael’s shop. I remember visiting with him for hours on end surrounded by his beautiful works in process. Eventually I commissioned a Koa Jumbo with one of the last remaining ‘Lucky Strike’ redwood tops. A truly magnificent guitar.



I recently acquired a scintillating war era Martin D-28 and when I reached out to Michael to tell him that his Jumbo Koa is every bit as remarkableÂ… I learned that he had passed. I am very sorry that this Master Builder is no longer with us.



I intend to seek out one of his smaller guitars. Wonderful instruments.


As I recall, there was no such thing as a “quick visit” with Mike:-) The man loved to talk guitars… I’m still trying to figure out how he found the time to build anything!
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Old 07-08-2022, 05:19 AM
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Bought this used years ago. 1/2 size Baby guitar that is standard tuning. I have never seen 1/2 size guitars with this quality anywhere else but with Keller. The Koa is pretty crazy. Last pic with me shows the size in my lap.

https://imgur.com/gallery/CTYaur5
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