Forte Exotic JE



When you first lay eyes on the Forte Exotic JE you can not help but notice the striking appearance. That is thanks to the Java Ebony top. The styling is enhanced thanks to a bold satin black finish on the Okoume back and sides and the addition of black binding and hardware. The sonic performance is just as striking as the Forte 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 centre and opens up a larger soundboard.

Want to plug it in? No problem. The Forte Exotic JE includes a complete Fishman system. It is active and includes both a volume and tone control. We have located these inside of the soundhole on the top where you can easily access them and adjust on the fly, but all without us putting a big plastic box attached to the side.

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Port Technology

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.

Integrated Fishman Electronics

The active amplification system by Fishman® includes an onboard control for volume and one for tone. These are mounted inside of the soundhole for easy access, and this avoids the need to cut a hole in the side of your guitar, maximizing performance.


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Top Java Ebony & Mahogany Blend
Back Material Okoume
Side Material Okoume
Binding Black Triple Ply
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ovangkol
Fretboard Radius 12 Inch / 30.48 cm
Number of Frets 20
Inlays Mini-Dots
Scale Length 25.5 in / 647.7 mm
Truss Rod Type Dual Action
Neck Profile Comfort C
Nut Material Black Tusq
Nut Width 1 11/16" / 43 mm
Strings D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze, Light, 12-53
Electronics Discrete Fishman Sonitone Active System
Hardware Finish Black
Tuning Keys MK Diecast
Bridge Type Zero-End Pin Ovangkol
Ultra Thin Satin Natural UV Finish
Extreme cutaway body shape that provides enhanced access to upper frets and great balance
Side soundhole for added air movement and a great new tone for the player.

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