Dating a vintage Fender steel guitar

Could you tell me range of value. I recovered this guitar as a gift and would like to know more about it for insurance purposes if anyone can tell me anything I would appreciate it. I have a Kay acoustic the serial number is L , it has been in my family for a long time and I was just wondering what year it might of been made and more about it. If you could help I would appreciate it. It has a V neck profile, stenciled headstock label, ladder braced, paddle head, pyramid bridge, O-sized, the marking, “K-2” is impressed into the back of the head and D is stamped inside the guitar. The fretboard is the same material as the rest looks and sounds like Birch although there is a wood pattern painted over it I was told that it was made in , is there any way to determine if that is correct?

Kay guitars. Huh?

Many a baby boomer sat in their bedroom gazing upon the selection of electric guitars and amplifiers in the phone book sized Sears catalog in hopes they too would join the rock ‘n roll revolution! Kay’s rich history dates back to the late s and the Groehsl Company which evolved into the Stromberg-Voisinet Company by the early s. The Kay Musical Instrument Company became official in By the end, Kay was owned by Valco who went out of business in The s became their “golden era” as the guitar boom of the s was met with mass production techniques, such as bolt on necks, and quality issues.

Harmony lasted almost 10 years longer before calling it quits in

The Vintage Kay KA Guitar is in excellent condition. Please look at the pictures as they are part of the description and the item you will receive. Please email with any questions before bidding.

Trying to find a fair selling price for your vintage guitar? Just enjoy looking at cool, funky, unusual guitars? Well this is the blog for you. You must click thru to the original Craigslist postings. Do not post comments here asking to buy the item! Most of these items are no longer for sale. Unusual combination of features the strangest of which is the fret to the body neck.

dating old truetone/kay archtop

Sorry folks but Bob Taylor Guitars didn’t invent the bolt on neck. This Kay bolt on neck system is simple, effective and works! In fact this Kay system works so well you don’t even need a service technician to perform a neck reset.

Vintage Kay and Silvertone Guitars and Basses Being a Chicago based business we have a special affinity with Kay. Kay guitars started in Chicago however Kay actually started building guitars in under the Groshl name.

Return to the Main Index. Sometimes there just isn’t enough information on electric instruments and amps to allow them to be properely dated. And many people ask me to try and determine the year of their old amplifier, or to help them with the year of their older off-brand electric guitar. Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can’t help them with these other less popular brands.

As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else?

Kay Guitar Identification

This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the ‘maker’ of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell. Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely.

Some manufacturers merged or changed hands over the years which added to the confusion, sometime merging with another maker, only to pick up their name later. In some cases a manufacturer would farm out production to various manufacturers, making it still more difficult to know who made the guitar in your hands. Parts from other guitars would be used in the making of a particular badge for a period of time because it was all the manufacturer had to hand

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The addition of frets enabled bassists to play in tune more easily than on fretless acoustic or electric upright basses. Around of these instruments were made during this period. Heater Music Company wholesale jobber catalogue of However, the Tutmarc family inventions did not achieve market success. An early Fender Precision Bass In the s, Leo Fender , with the help of his employee George Fullerton , developed the first mass-produced electric bass guitar. Fender’s Fender Precision Bass , which began production in October , became a widely copied industry standard for the instrument.

The Precision Bass or “P-bass” evolved from a simple, un-contoured “slab” body design and a single coil pickup similar to that of a Telecaster , to a contoured body design with beveled edges for comfort and a split single coil pickup. Design patent issued to Leo Fender for the second-generation Precision Bass The “Fender Bass” was a revolutionary new instrument for gigging musicians.

In comparison with the large, heavy upright bass , which had been the main bass instrument in popular music, folk and country music from the early s to the s, the Fender bass could be easily transported to shows. The bass guitar was also less prone to unwanted feedback sounds when amplified, than acoustic bass instruments.

vintage kay electric guitar

The only force powerful enough to stop their progress was the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, According to history, all makers dropped what they were doing to join the war time effort. Epiphone had suspended their guitar production to make aileron parts for aircraft.

VINTAGE KAY ELECTRIC guitar – $ Neck is straight there some imperfections please view the pictures. All ng cost is please note VINTAGE KAY ELECTRIC guitar – $ Neck is straight there some imperfections please view the pictures. All ng cost is please note

Lawndale CA Fender’s methods of using serial numbers on steel guitars varied constantly; there is no pattern and there have even been repeated numbers used. The model is a “Custom” – they were reportedly offered from , although the bulk of them were sold between , when the Stringmaster was introduced. Usually the best way to get a rough date on these is by the presence or lack thereof of plates or decals on the body. As this is apparenly a refinish all bets are off.

You can check for pot dates, but as Fender purchased huge orders of pots in the 50’s and 60’s it’s only a “as late as” date checker and only if it can be verified by someone who knows how to check for untouched solder joints i. Unfortunately Fender’s records of steel production, serial numbers, and most parts specs have been lost. We’ve had searches done for dating info and parts specs for the cable-pull pedal steel line to no avail as well.

As it’s a hacked triple neck it has zero collectable value anyway, so I’d suggest calling it an early 50’s and enjoying playing it!

Vintage Orpheum Guitars…

Springfield, MO Barncaster said: I also have a Kay K which was built in the mid 60s. The only things I did to it were pull the old frets, true the fretboard and install Jascar EVO medium jumbo frets. Even with the stock wooden bridge, intonation is spot on on all strings. The stock pancake pickup is a monster with a little gain.

These guitars are gems in the rough.

Unlike other guitar manufacturers, Kay rarely placed a serial number inside its instruments, so to determine the age of a guitar a visual inspection of a model’s specific characteristics must be made and checked against photographs of vintage instruments.

Teisco guitars became notable for unusual body shapes, such as the May Queen design resembling an artist’s palette, or other unusual features such as having four pickups most guitars have two or three. The vast amount of controls; typically an individual switch for each pickup, plus a tone or phase-cancellation switch, along with as many as five tone and volume knobs gave a wide variety of sounds yet were easily switched while playing.

After Kawai bought Teisco in , they started to produce all the Teisco guitars, as well as their own brand, Apollo. Hound Dog Taylor famously used a variety of these Kawai-era Teiscos, which he bought at his local Sears department store. He has played Teisco guitars since childhood and just before joining Peter Noone in found this one from the Teisco line screwed to the wall at a Guitar Center as junk art.

He talked the manager into a trade, took the guitar home, rebuilt it and has played it on stage ever since. The light weight of this guitar is a bonus to the sonic attributes.

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