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1938 Rex Royal by Kay Super Auditorium Archtop Neck Reset Original Case
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A vintage very rare 1938 Pre-war Rex Royal Archtop Guitar made by Kay ..This guitar is very difficult to date. The Headstock logo and Kluson Chicago Patent tuners date this guitar to as late as 1940. We were told it was a 1938 so I will go with that. Its old, its cool, and it plays great.....
This cool Rex is built of the tradition of Gibson L48 and L50’s. Those were the popular guitars of the day. Its a Super Auditorium Size... Kay used impressive woods and products to compete very well with the more expensive guitars being sold back then. It has Kluson open back tuners Patent numbers from Chicago. They are stamped Kluson Chicago with the patent numbers. The tailpiece, bridge, nut and Original Rex Stamped Pickguard are all original. Very high quality parts on this guitar. It has the fancy Pearloid overlaid Rex Royal Headstock plate that predates this model from the 1940's models. They were painted on the headstock. The black original finish has been play worn down over the years to give this guitar an amazing relic'd look. The frets are still in great shape. We had a complete neck off reset done to this guitar to give it great playing action for a guitar of this vintage. This guitar is in amazing shape.
This guitar plays and sounds amazing!! I played it for about 2 hours after we got it set up with a new set of 12 guage strings. I couldn't believe how nice it played. The neck reset we did turned out great! The original nut measures 1 11/16 inches .. Wider than I am used to but the neck profile is nice gentle C shape that fits my smaller hands great.
Onto the sound. This guitar has a Solid Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides and neck. …. It is a CANNON...What a sound. You will never get lost playing with this awesome guitar. Crisp Clear Midrange and highs and what a low end!! Its a singers delight. Excellent finger picker and if you are hard strummer like me, it will just blast you away. What a great Guitar!!
This guitar is in amazing condition for its age. The original frets still have plenty of life and only very tiny superficial dings on her besides the natural finish relicing. Excellent neck angle for easy playing action. What a time capsule.
Check out the original Soft Shell Case we have with it. As nice as the guitar. All latches, hinges and original leather handle are still with it and operating great! Cool Purple interior that still has the original accessory box. A fantastic case! .... see pics...
Now this guitar is beautiful but vintage so it will be sold as-is no returns... However, I have been hand picking my customers instruments for over 20 years now and they all loved the guitars I found for them. This cool Regal will certainly not be an exception.
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