Re: kay kelvinator geetar

Posted by Russell Earl Marsland on Mon, 04/09/01 - 20:46:47.

: i'm lookin' for a kay kelvinator archtop, do you know of any....let me know, thanks. I have one with original case. Very coooool! Fantastic condition. '57 to '59 not sure which . Has been properly set up and intonated. Looks exactly like the blond one in the D'addario calender

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Re: kay kelvinator geetar

Rick,

I recently found one in a guitar shop in Delaware. Mixed in with all the new Fender Strats and Teles
and Gibson Les Paul models was a slightly damaged Kay archtop. To be specific, a 1959 model P4
in tobacco sunburst with a full Kelvinator headstock and gold sparkle pickguard. The "person" who owned
it previously, tried to turn it into a solid body guitar. He filled the body with yellow spray foam insulation
and then drilled holes in the archtop and put in a Gibson tune o matic bridge and tailpiece. The one similar
to what you would find on a Les Paul. He also replaced the single pickup with a black and white humbucker
in the neck position. This pickup is actually too powerful for the archtop design.

Anyway, it took me two days to remove 99% of the foam insulation with a coat hanger through
the f holes. I found and refitted an original trapeze tailpiece and archtop bridge. I am in the process
of plugging the 4 holes that he drilled into it.

The guitar sounds great with flatwound strings . 011 on the high end. I am keeping it forever because
I am from 1959 too. I wish you luck finding one and all the best.

Re: kay kelvinator geetar

Rick,

I recently found one in a guitar shop in Delaware. Mixed in with all the new Fender Strats and Teles
and Gibson Les Paul models was a slightly damaged Kay archtop. To be specific, a 1959 model P4
in tobacco sunburst with a full Kelvinator headstock and gold sparkle pickguard. The "person" who owned
it previously, tried to turn it into a solid body guitar. He filled the body with yellow spray foam insulation
and then drilled holes in the archtop and put in a Gibson tune o matic bridge and tailpiece. The one similar
to what you would find on a Les Paul. He also replaced the single pickup with a black and white humbucker
in the neck position. This pickup is actually too powerful for the archtop design.

Anyway, it took me two days to remove 99% of the foam insulation with a coat hanger through
the f holes. I found and refitted an original trapeze tailpiece and archtop bridge. I am in the process
of plugging the 4 holes that he drilled into it.

The guitar sounds great with flatwound strings . 011 on the high end. I am keeping it forever because
I am from 1959 too. I wish you luck finding one and all the best.

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