Sunday, March 31, 2019
|love the big paddle headstocks on these guitars|
This guitar is a funky old blues honker. The neck was reset, some electronics work, and she is good to go. The guitar was refinished long before I got it. Though I generally run from a refinish job, excellent work was done here. I think the guitar looks great. Outside of the finish, the guitar is all original, including the Gibson made p13 pickup. Apparently the p13 is a precursor to the p90. When Gibson switched to the p90, they sold all the p13's to Harmony who used them until they ran out, then switching to Dearmond.
These Kay/Old Kraftsman guitars can be difficult. I have had a few of these Kay dreadnaughts and none of them match up to this guitar. Its amazing how many guitars were coming off the line in Chicago back in the day. It's equally amazing how they lacked uniformity. Every one of these Kays that I get a chance to hold all feel a little different. Some are a bit wonky, but not this one. It's solid as a rock, has a great neck, and sounds wonderful. Fortunately, these guitars haven't caught fire and can still be found for real short money. They might be worth the chance if you can find the right one.
|there's the Baxendale logo. you can see the new bracing which is carved way thinner than the original, hopefully allowing for more top movement|