- Mar 16, 2003
- Arlington, VA
yeah thats a kay headstock for sure
That's it! Excellent detective work. Thanks.
Kay never made a Stratotone. People have incorrectly identified various Kay models as "Stratotones" but Kay never used the name.Some confusion between those two came from the Stratotone, which Kay made and I guess Harmony also made a similar guitar with the same name.
First time I read that.Kay never made a Stratotone. People have incorrectly identified various Kay models as "Stratotones" but Kay never used the name.
In the "Godlike Tone" thread, I nominated an iconic Muddy Waters tune, I Can't Be Satisfied. Of course I fell down a rabbit hole investigating what gear he used on that recording. What few sources I found agreed it was recorded on a 1940s Gretsch archtop with an added DeArmond FHC "monkey bar" pickup.
This led me to search for photos of Muddy with that guitar, with no success. I did find the shot below of Muddy with his wife Geneva and a guitar I can't identify. Could this be the Gretsch? I've found no 1940s Gretsch photos that match it, and the pickup is a DeArmond Rhythm Chief, not an FHC. Internet sources can be wrong about things like 70-year-old pickups, or maybe Muddy upgraded.
I think this should be an easy identification, given the distinctive inlays on the headstock and fretboard and the sharply pointed end of the fretboard. I don't recognize it and can't find anything that matches.
I think Harmony made Kay along with many other “brands” of guitars, but I could be mistaken.That looks more like it.
Didn’t Harmony and Kay come out of the same factory?