Kay Musical Instrument Company

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Kay Musical Instrument Company

A – If you’re a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it. If you’re a seller, the value is the minimum amount you accept to sell it.. You can check ebay for completed sales for the same model, but value on ebay is not value in a shop or elsewhere, for reasons. Outside of a completed transaction, value has no meaning, so please do not ask me to value your guitar.

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Stromberg-Voisinet Aero- uke c. In , later president Henry Kay “Hank” Kuhrmeyer joined the company, and in , with the help of an investor, [9] he bought the company and started producing electric guitars and amplifiers. Activity on Kuhrmeyer-era — [ edit ] The company initially manufactured only traditional folk instruments,[ citation needed ] but eventually grew to make a wide variety of stringed instruments, including violins , cellos , banjos , upright basses —and a variety of different types of guitars , including classical guitars , lap steel guitars , semi-acoustic guitars , and solid body electrics.

Some of Kay’s lower-grade instruments were marketed under the Knox and Kent brand names. In addition to manufacturing instruments for sale under its own brands, Kay was also a prolific manufacturer of “house branded” guitars and folk instruments for other Chicago-based instrument makers and, at times, for major department stores including Sears and Montgomery Ward. Kay also made guitar amplifiers , beginning with designs carried over from the old Stromberg company.

Pat Metheny

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These guitars already have a great vintage vibe with an authentic looking two-tone sunburst gloss finish, parchment parts, and tinted neck, so the vintage logo is icing on the cake.

Harmony (short) FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Q – What’s the value of my Harmony guitar?; A – If you’re a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it. If you’re a seller, the value is the minimum amount you accept to sell it.. Easy! You can check ebay for completed sales for the same model, but value on ebay is not value in a shop or elsewhere, for reasons. Outside of.

The ES was introduced in Gibson hired Ted McCarty in , who became President in He led an expansion of the guitar line with new guitars such as the “Les Paul” guitar introduced in and designed by Les Paul , a popular musician in the s and also a pioneer in music technology. Later, a shorter neck was added. Similar in size to the hollow-body Thinlines, the ES family had a solid center, giving the string tone a longer sustain.

In the s, Gibson also produced the Tune-o-matic bridge system and its version of the humbucking pickup, the PAF “Patent Applied For” , first released in and still sought after for its sound. These “modernistic” guitars did not sell initially. It was only in the late s and early 70s when the two guitars were reintroduced to the market that they sold well.

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This site has the most comprehensive assortment of Harmony Guitars On the Internet. Models, pictures and other information. A must for all Harmony Fans. This is still one of the more complete sources of Harmony Guitars. He has a nice selection of of instruments, so take a look. There has been a lot written about the Harmony Guitar Company, but there isn’t a lot of information on these guitars.

A listing of signature series, endorsements or name placement by Pete Townshend for guitars, amplifiers and accessories.

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I remain confused about my old Vega 5 string banjo. It is stamped with “Fairbanks, made by Vega” which suggests , but the serial number is which suggests ish. The two serial numbers match. It is stamped “Little Wonder” but it has 22 frets, and I thought that the Little Wonder had less then Do you have any ideas about when my banjo was made? By the twenties, banjos were going out of favor compared with their earlier popularity.

You could order the neck and rim separately, so the possibility exists to find 17 frets,18 frets — particularly on the oversized heads, 22 frets, 5 string, mandolin or guitar necks. We believe the rims were assembled Vega purchased them raw, they didn’t make them in batches. Necks were chosen and stamped with matching numbers as they were ordered and sold.

Vintage Guitar Magazine – this is Vintage Guitar and all neophytes are advised to start here. Of course, my favorite part is Michael Wright’s “Different Strummer” column, which covers the history of all those wild, wacky off-brand instruments in elaborate detail. VG has also published several of my own articles over the years, some of which can be found on this site. The Blue Book – if you’re serious about buying and selling used guitars, the Blue Book provides the most detailed pricing, dating and identification info.

Much of it is available online for free. GuitarHQ – a nice all-around mainstream vintage guitar site.

The following picture-sets of Hofner archtop and semi-acoustic guitars have been sent to me over the years by their owners. This has allowed me to present a much greater range of models and vintages than encompassed by my own collection, and maybe this will help other visitors to the site to identify and date their own Hofner.

It is in fact the very first “Club-Style” guitar that I have seen with Hofner-fitted active electrics. So, it was even more disturbing to hear that the guitar, after being purchased “on-line”, had arrived in pieces and was in very poor condition. Luckily, the new owner, Bob Cocozza, has employed the services of James Payze in the UK Red Barn Repairs to restore the guitar, the results of which can be seen on the linked page.

It is interesting to see that this guitar was fitted with a centre body sustain block, which is very unusual on a “Club-Style” guitar.. It did actually appear in the “New Guitars” supplementary price list of Spring together with the Fledermaus guitar, but not in the main Hofner price list. I haven’t been able to find any reference to it in any Hofner catalogue. Very few are in existence, and the controls and electrical circuitry seem to vary between examples.

Walter Hofner was very interested in guitar circuitry, and this was no doubt just one of his projects. The was basically a Club-Style guitar fitted with a transistorised amplifier circuit, a battery, and a small loudspeaker. This all leads to a heavy guitar with limited sound quality and battery endurance. It would seem that they were not a success and hence, just as with the Fledermausguitarre, the model had disappeared within months. It is fitted with a Fuma metal pickup at the neck location and a Hofner black-bar pickup at the bridge.

The Fuma pickup may have been a replacement for another black-bar pickup. The photos clearly show the loudspeaker grill fitted to the , which was smaller than that fitted to the Fledermausguitarre.

Tweet on Twitter Photos by John Peden. That figure might be a slight exaggeration, but Metheny was dedicated he says obsessed enough to impress Dr. The professor offered the year-old a teaching position.

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If you’re looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn’t get any lower than this baby. Excellent value and quality that’s typical of Korea today. This model was only made in one small run so there aren’t many of these around – most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that’s no longer available. It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal.

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August 30 2008 Demonstration of 1964 Harmony Archtop Guitar