KAY N-1 archtop...can anyone date it?

Posted by Chuck on Mon, 10/11/04 - 18:27:27.

I just bought a Kay N-1 archtop, serial number L1657, in mint condition, all original, with original case. Paid $75. Just wondering the year. My guess is early-1960s. Does anyone have a reference for dating it?



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Re: KAY N-1 archtop...can anyone date it?

Thanks for the info. I know it's not a terribly exciting guitar, nor very valuable, but it's in exceptional playing condition. A nice addition to my collection.

Re: KAY N-1 archtop...can anyone date it?

: Thanks for the info. I know it's not a terribly exciting guitar, nor very valuable, but it's in exceptional playing condition. A nice addition to my collection.

From Andrew, you're welcome. Yes, and enjoy the guitar.

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