Michael Kelly Pinnacle 5 review

This five-string bass has a fancy spec, a poplar burl top and a price we all can get on board with

Michael Kelly Pinnacle 5
(Image: © Michael Kelly)

Guitar World Verdict

A versatile, custom shop-level instrument at a mid-range price.


  • +

    Robust tone sculpting options.

  • +



  • -

    No hardshell case offered.

  • -

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Founded in 1999, the US-based Michael Kelly Guitar Co. was launched primarily for the manufacture of acoustic bass guitars and mandolins – instruments that the company felt were badly underserved by large-scale manufacturers. 

Guitar and bass lines soon followed and in due course, Michael Kelly earned a reputation for crafting high-quality instruments with an expansive sound, and the build and appearance that one would expect from a boutique manufacturer. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49