1930’s Montgomery Wards by Kay Venetian Arch Top Open Headstock Pro Neck reset Original Canvas Case

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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting…A very historic, cool and very unique Vintage Guitar. It’s a Kay made for Montgomery Wards Venetian Guitar with the original Canvas Carry Case.

This cool historic guitar is completely original. Open Headstock with original Waverly open back tuners, Bakelite Bridge, (those are always missing), Pickguard, (those are also always missing), and tailpiece. Our tech added a new bone nut since the original was missing. Check out the gold Stenciling. Still very bright and beautiful.

This is the second Kay made Venetian we have had in our shop. The owner of the previous one loves his. The new owner of this one will be thrilled as well. Really cool guitar!

These guitars were way ahead of their time. Really cool Mandolin Style Body and body stenciling that looks awesome. This guitar is all original and probably belongs in a museum. The original Wards sticker are still inside the sound hole. See pic 13..

The guitar has an arched top and back. Quite loud for its size. It has a dominant mid range voice that is very unique. Most guitars we have found are either proudly bassy or voiced in the treble range. This one rings with really nice mid-range sounds. The guitar body is 14 1/2 inch wide and 40 inches long. It has a 25 1/2 inch scale neck and the nut measures 1 3/4 inches. Finger Pickers will love this one!

This guitar was not playable when we got it. Our Tech is convinced it could never be properly tuned before we got it. The tailpiece was in the wrong place and the strings were way off the neck.... We did a complete neck off neck reset to give this guitar awesome playing low playing action. We of course reset the tailpiece in the proper place. We went over this guitar completely and gave it a Pro setup with a set of new strings. The fret board was loose which we properly reglued and set the neck for perfect playing angle. 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 Guitar. Most of these were made in 1920 through 1930. The Kay Krafts 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 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.


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 carry case is as nice as the guitar. The snaps work on the end and all stitching is still with it... 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 close to 20 years now and they all loved the guitars I found them. This cool Kay Wards Venetian guitar will certainly not be an exception.

Thanks for checking out our cool guitars.

Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitars

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