5.1. VTG RESTORATIONS - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - ACOUSTIC BLUES & JAZZ VINTAGE ARCHTOP GUITARS - KAY CHICAGO, USA - MADE MODELS FROM THE 1930S, AND THE BUDDY GUY K1 FROM THE 1950S.
Choice of Original, Prof. Restored USA Kay-made Archtops - Great Condition, Character & Tone - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and available for "pre-order".
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Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" Kay Archtops, often favoured by Bluesmen of the Era, from the 1930s through to the 1960s - fully restored prices indicated below or available on request - meantime, showing photos of the selection of models available, before start of restoration - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!

A Full Set of Details of each of the guitars listed can be provided on request, but I have felt for some time that I needed to rationalise the amount of information confronting folks....hope it works for enquirers!
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Not so much info. readily available on the Kay-made archtops of the period, as on the more familiar Harmonys, but of course Kay guitars were the weapon of choice for many a Bluesman in the day, so hoping to add more detail as soon as I can.

I am now finding that I "pre-sell" the majority of my guitars, certainly the vintage restoration Stellas and other guitars from the same era. Hence many, but not all of the guitars I have in stock are now listed on the website, in advance of restoration, or the stage where I am still working on them. This "Pre-Order" arrangement has now worked well for a good number of years....buyers reserving guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, without any formal or binding commitment, and I welcome, and thankfully receive a steady stream of enquiries.
Description
Further details to be added as soon as possible.
Condition
Individual condition report and repair/restoration schedules can be supplied for each of the guitars mentioned, on request.

All are in either entirely or essentially original condition....finish & colour in my view as good as you are likely to find on any guitars of this type, ranging between 50 & 60 years old - inevitably there is a little edge wear and minor surface chips/scratches...in the main, really the minimum for a vintage of this type and age, and I've seen quite a few! I hope that you will agree that the photos show that these remain handsome & characterful vintage guitars.

All the guitars are inspected in conjunction with the professional luthier I work with, in order to determine the schedule of restoration works required, whether it may include a neck reset or the need to re-level the fingerboard, on which if we cannot avoid losing the painted position markings, we do have stencils in order to replace them, or alternatives to install dot markers, etc. to retain the character of guitar as much as possible. Major jobs are carried out in the luthier's workshop, and the whole restoration completed under his supervision.

The original tuners do generally show some typical age-related discolouration but, in the main they work fine, amd are retained wherever possible, but if that is not practicable there are good options for repro parts or I do have a stock of original parts to call on. Original very good hard plastic nuts, are re-used whenever possible, but if not practicable replacements are individually purpose-made in Ebony or Bone.
Action, strings & cases
Following whatever restoration/repair works are required on the individual guitar, on completion of the set-up adjustments we will be looking for an action of around 2.5mm./3mm. at the 12th. fret. Within reason it can be a degree higher or lower to suit individual requirements.

They are usually strung with Martin Bronze Light or Martin Retro Monel Light gauge 12-54 strings, and really sound tremendous! Other specialist Jazz strings can be fitted as required.

There is usually no case (although the guitar will be well packed and securely boxed for posting), but I do have the odd period case, and may be able to supply one of the type these guitars originally came in, or alternatively I may be able to supply it with a virtually unused Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. These cases of course do offer much superior protection to the guitar. I will be happy to advise whether I can marry the guitar to a suitable case, at the time of purchase, and if so agree with you an inclusive price for Guitar + Case.

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I have embedded a YouTube clip by "polkzoo", a regular source of magic, entitled "Rare Kay 50s 17 Inch Wide Archtop Banjo Tone"....not sure his guitar is a K1, but very similar....and not sure about "Banjo tone" being applicable to my guitar....I guess it has something to do with how you play them!

Additional links below to 2 further clips of Carl fischer (although blond, not dark sunburst) & Kay archtops which may be fairly similar to mine.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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**** CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ****
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Stock Numbers & Prices: See below for list of current models available to pre-order, pending restoration.
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KAY CARL FISCHER ARCHTOP 1930s - VTG1163 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added, but meantime library image 2 of similar Carl Fischer guitar from the period.

KAY PLAYTIME ARCHTOP Late 1930s/Very Early '40s - VTG1396 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added.

KAY K1/K8901 SINGLE CUT 17" ARCHTOP 1959 (MODEL PLAYED BY BUDDY GUY ON THE MUDDY 1964 ACOUSTIC CHESS RECORD) - VTG1574 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added, but meantime image 1 illustration from Kay 1950s Catalog.
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Useful links
Archtop Carl Fischer 1930' by MrSanSystem
demonstration of a 1940s Kay archtop guitar by GibbonsGuitars
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