Here are my Kay guitars. I don't know why I fell in
love with these mass produced Kay archtop guitars but I did
am. If a blonde cutaway comes up on ebay I will still
try to buy it. Maybe
it is because they are cheap and when I first started collecting
archtop guitars I didn't have much money.
I have several
Silvertones which were also made by Kay as well for Sears
and Roebuck department stores. The
only difference between the Kays and Silvertones is the trim
and logos. They
were all made in the same factory in Chicago.
fun about them is you never know what you are going to
get. There is a great variation in the way they play
Most of the time I have to get the necks re-set because
the majority of them did not have truss rods. The
more ornate fancy good acoustic sounding ones that I like
before they used truss rods.
More people seem to like
the Kelvinator headstock Kays of the late fifties and early
sixties. Most of them have truss rods but for
some reason I think the older Kays just look better
were made better
except for the necks warping. I have a few Kays that
play and sound as good (to me) as any guitar I own. Maybe
I just have cheap ears or a vivid imagination but I love
these old babys and will keep collecting them.