1930 Recording King Kay Venetian Arch Top Double Cutaway Pro Setup Canvas Soft Shell Case

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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting…

A very historic, cool and very unique Vintage Guitar. It’s a 1930's Recording King made by Kay Venetian Guitar with the original Canvas Soft Shell Case.

These guitars were way ahead of their time. Really cool Mandolin Style Body and a neck assembly that allowed the player to adjust the neck angle with the wing nut inside the sound hole. This guitar is all original and probably belongs in a museum. The original  Kay Manufacturing Chicago sticker operating instructions for the variable neck are still inside the sound hole. See pic 11..

We went over this guitar completely and gave it a Pro setup with a set of new strings. Yes, this guitar is not only playable, it plays great! Awesome easy playing action that will not result in sore fingers! It especially sounds great plucked or strummed with the thumb. It is quite loud when attacked with a pick. Quite the historic guitar.

There is a great Blog site that features these guitars. Heres what I found on the internet….

Kay Guitar Company produced guitars and other musical instruments from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Kay Guitar Company was a division of the Kay Musical Instrument Company formerly known as Stromberg-Voisinet which manufactured professional and student instruments since the 1890s. This company was no relation to Elmer Stromberg and Son, the Boston luthiers that built high quality, collectible archtop guitars.

It is ironic that during the days of Stromberg-Voisenet ownership a guitar was offered for sale called The Kay Kraft and Recording King Guitars. Most of these were made in 1920 through 1930. The Kay Kraft had some very interesting features. For instance it came with a bolt-on neck that allows the player to adjust the neck angle and set string height. The end of the fretboard floated over the top which aided in adjusting the pitch of the neck. The Kay Venetian style body resembled a mandolin. For those of you acquainted with some plucked/strummed string instrument history you will know that mandolins were very much in vogue during this era. The Kay Kraft guitar was manufactured from 1929 until 1937.The Kay Kraft Jumbo was made in the 1930s had a pressed (rather than carved) arched spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides. Kay pioneered the use of laminated woods in high-volume guitar production. The Kay Kraft guitars features included a mahogany neck and body, mother of toilet seat headstock overlay, an arched top and back, a round sound hole and a gold decorative motif.

The body has a shape is actually very comfortable with a cutaway that conforms to your leg while sitting. The 1930 line up included three guitars that were priced from $25.00 - $45.00.

he headstock had a white acetate overlay with a logo written in gold. The soundhole was bound. The 19 fret neck had a 25 3/4" scale and was topped with a bone nut. Fourteen frets cleared the body. The rosewood fingerboard was bound. The headstock featured 3 per side chrome open back tuners with white plastic buttons. As the body and back were arched, there was no internal bracing on the inside of the back. The top had ladder style bracing. Kerfling held the body, back and sides together. These guitars had a plain chrome tailpiece and a wooden strap button. The headstock's shape is unique to the Kay Kraft line.

As I have mentioned, perhaps the neck was the most interesting feature since it had a tilt adjustment mechanism and a height adjuster. Making a neck adjustment was simple. You reached inside the guitar and turned a wing nut. By doing this you have essentially done a neck reset.

The tilt adjustment was accomplished by a screw on the bottom of the heel.

This guitar is in incredible shape…Considering its age, which we are calling 1930, it is in remarkable shape. And playing shape at that. This is not a guitar just to look at. Not only is it historic, you can play it as well!

The original Canvas Soft Shell case is as nice as the guitar. All latches, hinges and original leather handle are present. The leather handle clasp has failed but I'm sure a clever repairman can fix that. What a great case for this guitar. I was so happy it was still with the guitar. They are always missing…

This cool guitar is awesome, but sold as-is no returns as its used and vintage. However, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 20 years now and they all loved the guitars I found them. This cool Recording King guitar will certainly not be an exception.

Thanks for checking out our cool guitars.

Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitar

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