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The Kay Guitar Company

Since 1890, Kay has been making instruments of the highest quality for both students and professionals

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Re: how old is my guitar?

Your Kay is about 50 years old

: I found a vintage flat top Kay guitar at a garage sale for $3.00 It came with the original case and several song books dated 1957.I took the neck off and re set it,repaired the bridge and beefed up some of the bracing. Now much to my surprise ,it plays and sounds great!
: The # inside says K15 7050 .Thanks in advance. BB

Kay Guitar Wiring Diagram

Hi, My friend has given me a Kay guitar so I can heve a look at the electrics which are faulty. Does anyone know where I can find a wiring diagram? The Guitar looks to be a black Les Paul copy and it has a sticker saying W0.20908. Not much info I know!!!! Thanks. Dave

kay cutaway archtop 1955

Do you have any idea of the value, if it's in very good condition?

Re: kay cutaway archtop 1955

: Do you have any idea of the value, if it's in very good condition?

Re: kay cutaway archtop 1955

: : Do you have any idea of the value, if it's in very good condition?
For a couple years I was following old kay guitars on ebay. I eventually found one that I liked, an old archtop, f-hole in very good shape. I bought it for about $350. I saw a couple cutaway archtops in very good condition on ebay. I've never seen one go for over $350-$400 unless, of course, they were the Barney Kessel modles. It seems to me that the prices have dropped in the last few years. If you're considering selling, unless you find just the right buyer, you may not get more than $300. These old kays are beautiful, but they aren't gibsons. Hope this helps you out. Take care.

arch top f-hole guitar

So, about 7 years later, I sold that Kay archtop f-hole guitar on craigslist for almost $300. Someone wanted a "guitar that a Black blues player from the 50's would be playing." It was pretty, but I'm more accustomed to nylon strings, wider neck classicals. Much easier to play and, to my ears, a softer more expressive instrument. Take care all.

kay classical kcl380

I have a kay KCL380 and I'm trying to find out how old it is and if it's worth anything .....is there a website or anyone that could help

kay classical guitar model kcl380

Iam trying to find some information on a kay classical guitar modelkcl 380

Kay Jazz II

I just boutght a 1961 Kay Jazz II at a garage sale for $10.00. The binding is coming off becasue of age and I'm thinking about refinishing. It has some dings, scratches and is missing the pick guard. Otherwise it's pretty cool. Especially with the semi-Kelvinator headstock. Any suggestions for refinishing? Or comments in general?

Re: Kay Jazz II

Kay Jazz 11: Hi John, I have a lot of parts you might need ! get hold of me atopjazz@yahoo.com

$10.00. The binding is coming off becasue of age and I'm thinking about refinishing. It has some dings, scratches and is missing the pick guard. Otherwise it's pretty cool. Especially with the semi-Kelvinator headstock. Any suggestions for refinishing? Or comments in general?

Just acquired Kay guitar

I just acquired a guitar that was my grandfather's. I know it is a Kay. There are no other markings on the exterior of the guitar except the K on the headstock. From research online, I believe the model is The Upbeat (probably 1960) but would like to know for sure. The guitar is a sunburst color hollowbody with 6 knobs (3 volume and 3 tone), 3 pickups and a 4 way switch above the strings. Single cut away and Kluson Deluxe tuners. I see a number inside the guitar reading L5997 8995. Any help would be appreciated. I can send a photo if needed. Thanks in advance, Tom

Re: Just acquired Kay guitar

 Just acquired Kay guitar

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kay hollowbody electric, need info

im doing a project in school called senior project, if i fail this i cant graduate. i am rebuilding an old kay hollowbody electric guitar, its kindof haggard right now it looks like someone started to make it into a lap guitar of some sort but its basically all there. where the soundhole is is cut out and all of the electrical is out of it. i have the pickup but thats it, if someone could tell me how the wiring would go and where the pickup goes id appreciate it. thanks

may it be manufactured by Kay??

Hello
I' ve bought an electric guitar for my collection but I can't find any information about it/ may it be produced by KAY?
may you give me some indications ?
its an ALMIREZ guitar, a nearly perfect copy of a blond Stratocaster 71 . It was  built in the 80's in japan by MUSICO. The woods and the varnish and even the capacitors have crossed all these  years whithout damage.  
in this time japaneze firms built beautiful models  of guitars that are now very quoted on Vintage market.
I would appreciate any thing about ALMIREZ or MUSICO ,  it would help me in my search  please let me know...
Sorry for the trouble;
Thank You
Bye

Kay laptop steel guitar?

Kay laptop steel guitar?

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1960's Kay electric semi acoustic

1960's Kay electric semi acoustic

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Kay guitar?

My uncle, who passed away in 1980, owned a guitar made appoximately in 1972. When he passed away, my father took possession of the guitar and has had it ever since. I'm not sure how to describe it except that it has a "Sears" logo on the inside. After doing research I found that Kay made guitars for department stores back in the day.
The point is that recently, my father broke the guitar, and since it was so sentimental to him, I'd like to find another one so I can get it for him for his birthday. If anyone know what brand this guitar is and where I could find another one, please enlighten me. Email me at beloved_meadow@yahoo.com.

Thanks

Old Kay Guitar

My grandfather who passed away in 1984 had an old kay guitar for which I know nothing about! There is no model number, nothing other than the Kay Musical Instrument Company logo on the headplate. I would like to learn more about the instrument! It's in relatively good condition! I play Martin's myself, but it does have sentimental value!

An Old Kay Banjo...

In 1984, my friend, (who passed away a couple of years ago) and I went into a music store and he purchased a new (then) Banjo, it is an Anteres, he owned a Kay and I think he had stated it was about 20 years old then. I now have in my possesion both Banjo's and was wondering if you could help finding out the age of the Kay? It is in very good condition, by the way.
Thank you,
Robert Brown

Replacement tuning machines for KD677

Anyone know where I can buy replacement tuning machines for my Kay acoustic KD677?. The are the chrome enclosed type. None of the retail stores seem to have anyhting that works. Thanks in advance

Kay Model #K570

Kay Model #K570

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kay n-6

just bought a good looking kay n-6. no serial numbers to be found, looks like combed plywood construction under a sunburst stain. it sounds nice but it has phos/bronze strings and is too clangy, will switch to something warmer. does anyone have a n-6 or any info/history on them? thanks.

Re: kay n-6

Hi Brian,

If your guitar is an original Kay N6 acoustic archtop, it than dates back to the late 50's.
You could try switching to heavier strings, wich will provide a warmer and deeper sound.
Good luck!

Paul

: just bought a good looking kay n-6. no serial numbers to be found, looks like combed plywood construction under a sunburst stain. it sounds nice but it has phos/bronze strings and is too clangy, will switch to something warmer. does anyone have a n-6 or any info/history on them? thanks.

k200

I have a K200 and i'm trying to find out some information about it. Can anyone help?

Re: k200

hi claire, i have one of these too. just to make sure, it is a double cut away electric guitar with a single pickup and fender strat style headstock? i have had mine for a while now and tried to find out stuff about it but was not highly successful in doing so but i found out a bit about the company kay. so far i have gatherewd that they were a chicago based company in the early 1900s and made good quality guitars used by many good musicians including barney kessel, but as the popularity grew they moved thier production to taiwan where they made the K200s and similar models. these guitars were not top quality at all, they were low budget guitars for the everage joe to play in his bedroom. these guitars were also an experiamnt to see if the 'thin lite' body design would be a success (look at how thin and how light the body is). this however wasnt anywhere near as successful as the heavier solid body's such as the les paul or strat. i found my kay in my dads art room and it was in a terrible state, compass holes in it, a huge chunk of wood out the back, nail holes in the headstock (all the kinds of things kids do to thing is art rooms) and i set about restoring it straight away. the electrics were amazingly good given what is has been subject to in that school for 40 years. i stripped the body (which was coated in thick resin) and filled the holes and got it back to its original shape. then i sprayed it white and got loads of friends and family to sign it. its now just an ornamental peice that i play every now and again. its a fun guitar and is worth keeping in its original colours if its in an acceptable condition, if not then i doubt very much you'll get any money for it if you try to sell so make it into a fun guitar. hope you find out more on this guitar. cheers, mike.

need info on kay vibrato tailpiece installation

i recently purchased a "new old stock" kay vibrato tailpiece. it is the old "ashtray cover" style. it has two horizontal springs that connect to a round bar that the strings load through. does this style of tailpiece function as a stand alone tailpiece/bridge or do i need a seperate bridgepiece for this ? also, do the strings load through the front and over the top of the bar or straight through the back. would like to get this straight before i begin my project. thanks for any info that anyone can give me.

franky

kay archtop acoustic

have an old kay acoustic archtop. serial K39 ?446. would like to find out what i can before repairs begin. any help? thanks

Kay acoustic Guitar

I have an old Kay guitar in good condition, it has a number L-1840 stamped inside the body, can anybody tell me how old it is and what it is worth. Thanks

Kay Barney Kessel

Can any one tell me how many kay Barney Kessels were produced? If so how many of each mode? No one knows including Jay Scott and George Gruhn.Thanks.

Re: Kay Barney Kessel

 Kay Barney Kessel

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Acoustic Guitar

I have my grandfather's old acoustic guitar. It is a Kay and at least 50 years old. I am wondering what it is worth today.

Re: Acoustic Guitar

Hi Lori,

The value of your guitar depends on several aspects:
* It's condition, is in in a excellent condition or in a average condition? Of course a guitar in excellent condition is worth more than a guitar in average condition.
* It's originality, a guitar with replaced parts like the frets or bridge (string do not affect the value) will be worth less than a guitar with all the original parts.
The same here for the paint and finish. A "beat up and worn" finish wil have a higher value than a refinished guitar, simply because a refinished guitar may look better but is isn't original.
*It's value also depends on the demand, if the guitar has a huge popularity its will be more worth than a guitar that has no or a limited popularity.
Rarity has only limited connection to value, because if there's no demand, it won't sell.
*To summarize, for a vintage guitar to be valuable there must be:
Demand for the model.
Originality (unmodified, no repairs).
Condition.

Then of course the best way to see what the guitar is worth is to go to a couple dealers with your guitar and ask what they would pay CASH at the moment for your guitar, that usually is a very good indication for the value. Jusk ask arround.

Greetz Paul

: I have my grandfather's old acoustic guitar. It is a Kay and at least 50 years old. I am wondering what it is worth today.

Please help me.

I have a KAY 8 string(steel guitar)or(hawaiian Lap guitar).It's black and white.With volume and tone knobs.I would like a fretboard map,sheet music to play,tunning notes,and it's value.I would be greatful for any kind of help or info you can give me.Thank You.From Robert E Dilcherd

Kay Acoustic Guitar With A Music Note On It

Kay Acoustic Guitar With A Music Note On It

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resonator guitars

I have just purchased on of your insturments, i must say it is one the finest that I have ever owned. I own several other Guitars but this is my first Kay. We are planning to purchase both your metal mandoline as well as a squarehead soon, Kay will be at the top of the list for consideration.. I wish youo had a webb sight so we could purchase from you direct instead of mandolay bay...
thank you ver much Bob Watchorn

Re: resonator guitars

Hi Robert,

There is a website: http://www.kayguitar.com.
There are only new guitars, and I'm not pretty sure about how long they're selling again and so on. There's no email adress on the site or telephone number, so I'm not sure about it.
But than again, an old guitar usually plays 10 times better than a new one. (at least thats my experience)

Greetz Paul

: I have just purchased on of your insturments, i must say it is one the finest that I have ever owned. I own several other Guitars but this is my first Kay. We are planning to purchase both your metal mandoline as well as a squarehead soon, Kay will be at the top of the list for consideration.. I wish youo had a webb sight so we could purchase from you direct instead of mandolay bay...
: thank you ver much Bob Watchorn

Kay acoustic Guitar K-500 starter

Kay acoustic Guitar K-500 starter

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kay classic guitar

kay classic guitar

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We love Kay Guitars

My grandfather's first guitar he bought was a Kay and we'd like more info on them.

Re: We love Kay Guitars

just got an old 1930's kay with lyre shaped sound hole, whats it worth? what model is it......? where can i find out any info on this darn thing....its in mint condition, and i dont believe its ever had strings on it....help!!!
Rich

Kay k500sd

I have a k500sd electro acoustic guitar never hardly used in mint condition what is it worth?

Kay 1930's Lyre sound hole guitar

Hi did you every find anything out about the Lyre sound hole guitar by Kay? I just got one and know nothing about it. Whats it worth? Where is the serial number located? I can't find it . It says" Kay musical inst. co." with a large K on the head stock. The guy I got it from said it was a 1938 0r 1939 but he knew very little about it. If you can help me with any info it would be very helpful. THANKS LARRY

1930's circa Kay (Lyre) Parlor Guitar

My mother had one of the 1930's Kay Guitar/Lyre Sound Hole.
It had a black/antique tan colored sunburst finish.
If anybody knows where I can get one, please e-mail me.
LLdeneau@gmail.com

Thanks

1930's Kay Guitar/Lyre Sound Hole

My mother had one of the 1930's Kay Guitar/Lyre Sound Hole.
It had a black/antique tan colored sunburst finish.
If anybody knows where I can get one, please e-mail me.

Thanks

1930's Kay Guitar/Lyre Sound Hole

My mother had one of the 1930's Kay Guitar/Lyre Sound Hole.
It had a black/antique tan colored sunburst finish.
If anybody knows where I can get one, please e-mail me.
LLdeneau@gmail.com

Thanks

Re: We love Kay Guitars

Mail me, maybe I can help you further.

Greetz, Paul

vintage Kay guitar

Dear sir,
I recently purchased a vintage guitar from a local dealer. I beleve it is a kay guitar but there is no name on the guitar but there is a serial number inside. I do not have a picture currently scanned of the guitar but i can give you a brief description of it. i would appreciate any information you could give me about my vintage guitar.
Thank you
Waylon

Desciption : light cherry color, two F-holes, one small round hole small pick guard, serial # 3421H14031/2

Re: vintage Kay guitar

That is, if it's an semi acoustic.

: Dear sir,
: I recently purchased a vintage guitar from a local dealer. I beleve it is a kay guitar but there is no name on the guitar but there is a serial number inside. I do not have a picture currently scanned of the guitar but i can give you a brief description of it. i would appreciate any information you could give me about my vintage guitar.
: Thank you
: Waylon

: Desciption : light cherry color, two F-holes, one small round hole small pick guard, serial # 3421H14031/2

Re: vintage Kay guitar

What do the pot meters say?
Like a serial or something like it.
If so, please mail me, I maybe be capable of giving you the manufacturer and an approx. date of "birth".

Greetz Paul

ur bass's suck

ok...well i got this bass right..and from the tension that the stupid bridge was putting on the head..the head snapped .not like in 2...but like...part of it just snapped...like a big crack .and the same is happening with the neck..where the neck goes into the head...it wont let the bass stay in tune...so it sucks...

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