Cool Old Kay

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  1. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    Ran across this one in a local shop. Only thing I can say with certainty is that it is a Kay-built Stadium archtop and dates to the late-1930s. No model name or number and as far as I know no catalog entries. Anyway, it is a big old girl measuring 17 1/8" cross the lower bout. Spruce top, maple body, maple neck, and ebonized slab maple board. The narrow Gibson Style 0-ish waist and oval gypsy jazz soundhole just ooze cool. Making life a whole lot easier, the guitar has had a recent neck reset and other needed repairs already taken care of. Just a true treasure.

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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Congrats! Fine looking guitar. As I recall, you have quite a bit of experience with these types of guitars, so it's in good hands. cheers!
     
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    Cool guitar, looks like a Hofner bridge to me.
     
  4. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    Yup. I have the original but that is what Lay's Repair Shop which did the work put on it. I will probably go with an ebony lowboy down the road.
     
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    Wow, what a cool guitar. I've wanted one like that for a long time! Congrats. Great addition to your other beauties.
     
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    That looks cool. Proper relic job there! :)
     
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    That’s cool!
     
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    Woo-hoo!
     
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    Neato!
     
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    Kay built some interesting instruments. The wide-bout fad didn't last very long but it certainly brought about some oddities. Very cool and I'm glad it is living somebody's dream!
     
  11. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    Kay was building an 18" archtop in the mid-1930s. Their `17 1/8" flattops had a pretty good run from 1947 to at least 1965.
     
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    Many of those 1950's-60's Key jumbo flat tops are still around today as well it seems.. I presume they must be fairly well constructed to last this long. How do they sound and feel to play? I've been wanting a jumbo for a while now and have been trying out the obvious contenders (Gibson SJ200) but the price tags are just stumping me...
     
  13. Dan German

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    I like!
     
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