Please help identify this awesome vintage Kay Archtop

Harmony was one of the most successful guitar makers in the USA, manufacturing most all of their guitars in Chicago during the peak years in the mid s. They made many types of stringed instruments, including ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitars, and violins. Founded in by Wilhelm Schultz a German immigrant from Hamburg. In their day, they made more guitars than all the other guitar makers combined. They made different models, for each style of guitar popular during their history. Wilhelm Schultz, founder of Harmony on left with factory worker and manager. Wilhelm J.

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User Name Remember Me? Originally Posted by Marshall. Looks like a 50s or 60s model Kays were made by Harmony.

If the serial number is legible the instrument can be relatively easy to date. Serial numbers are addressed elsewhere on the web site but can be found also on.

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.

Please re-read above and you’ll have the answer. Harmony instruments were produced on an industrial scale. Even the less common models can’t be considered “rare”. Remember that all Harmony made guitars this means all guitars on this website are still considered low grade instruments by most players and collectors, and can’t be compared in value to the “great” names as Gibson, Fender, Martin As a result, only a handful of guys in the world are ready to pay real money for a rare Harmony model.

In the Harmony world, the interested buyer is often rarer than the guitar itself. Q – How can I date my Harmony guitar from the serial number? A – Usually you will find two stamps inside your Harmony guitar. They always are on a place easy to read, ie near the f-holes on a archtop.

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Save Password. Any thoughts on putting a date to my KAY 5-string? Stromberg-Voisinet was renamed Kay in the early s. They began importing banjos from Asia in the early s, so just from that, one can narrow the date to the s or s. Kay and other guitar makers were using that style of peghead decor in the mids to early s.

Both pots date to ’58 & all electronics are original with original solder points. The volume control works fine, but the tone knob & toggle switch don’t really function.

Unless otherwise noted, I’m rating them by what I see in the pictures and read in the description. January Link Back to Current Month. It’s nearly perfect. On the back it has Made in Italy painted on it. What’s going on? Look at yesterdays last auction for a Now, look at the auction the very next day for a

Vintage 1958 Kay K-162 Electric Bass Sunburst Finish

My goal is to price things well below market price and in such a way that everyday people can afford them. All instruments I offer will be fully repaired, restored and set up for playing. Email me at vallillo macomb. Ladder braced. This model has a steel bar in the neck and I did NOT have to do a neck re-set.

I own four Kay-made guitars all dating from the s. While Kays I have a Kay​-made mandolin, labled Paramount, that doesn’t exist either.

I just read the fascinating article on John Monteleone, and the side bar on the conception and execution of the side ports on many of his guitars. As I understand it, they are just sound holes in the side of the guitar, bass side, one on each bout. The idea was to allow the player to hear what the audience hears. I presume one would have to tape the tune list somewhere else. In some guitars John built sliding panels, with which to partially or fully close the two ports on the side.

I am soooooo very much in love with this mandolin!!! Both my A style mandolin and Celtic mandolins are great for recording and more than capable of holding their own in noisy sessions. Find images and videos on We Heart It – the app to get lost in what you love. Lloyd Loar signed Gibson Mandocello, 11th of February

Non-DeArmond pickups

Kay is known as one of the first manufacturers of electric guitars, which it began doing in , but it also made mandolins. Because its electric guitars were far more popular than its mandolins, you may find it difficult to authenticate the age of your Kay mandolin. Navigate to online guitar appraisers, such as usedprice. If you don’t have the serial or model number you can still search based on the make of the mandolin.

Purchase a guitar appraisal book, such as “’50s Cool: Kay Guitars” or “Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars,” and search for your mandolin based on the serial or model number, or its similarity to other Kay mandolins. Visit a guitar appraiser and take your Kay mandolin with you.

As a soloist, this MacArthur Fellow, Grammy-winning mandolin virtuoso, Dates. The dates for this event have passed. No future dates are available at this time.

I had a huge amount of feedback for which many thanks to all you clever, knowledgeable people about the original list and so I expanded it to cover later artists including some Gospel , but I still try restrict it to acoustic instruments, give or take the odd added pickup. The information is mostly gathered from repros.

Also, please bear in mind that any one singer would have used several instruments in his career and that he could have borrowed a guitar for the photo session. Any further information to add to the list, to correct the dodgy bits I know where they are — honest! There is a note at the end about Stella guitars. Also an unidentified standard guitar and, reportedly, a Martin. A Kay Solo Special in the s. Also the guitarist in his Nashville Street Band played a Kay archtop with all the electrics stripped out.

Identifying and Dating Kay Guitars

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The Kay Bass and Cello Registry at invites all Kay players stories​, has become the de facto standard for dating these instruments. 6 other people (3 guitars, a mandolin, a fiddle, a banjo, and myself on bass).

Headstocks of US models also use the Gibson headstock shape. Like everything else connected to instrument identification issues — there are many exceptions. In general, higher model numbers meant more binding and ornament. Higher numbers also meant more money. No binding, no inlay and no decoration. It was available with a brown finish and came as a snakehead or paddle headstock. Brown or black finish, some binding only on the top and in the soundhole with one ring around the soundhole.

Pearl dots on fretboard. Dark stained plain birch back and sides. Similar to A, but with double purfling on the soundhole.

A Few Stella Guitar Myths & Factoids

Some pickups produced by other manufacturers are sometimes mistakenly assumed to have been manufactured by the Rowe Industries Inc. Some other pickups have been designed to specifically to give this impression. A selection of the most common examples is shown below. Identifying these pickups in this manner does not infer technical criticism on them in any way, but merely clarifies their origin.

A: Kay Musical Instrument Company was founded in from Stromberg-​Voisinet Q: Griffith Mandolins: is there any way to date these? PL.

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Purchase a guitar appraisal book, such as “’50s Cool: Kay Guitars” or “Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars,” and search for your mandolin based on the serial or model number, or its similarity to other Kay mandolins. I believe the Kay Florentine is a Model K70, Inside the mandolin there should be a label visible through the f-hole and there should be the model number and serial number. Check that out and see if it’s there.

WEYMANN Serial Numbers and Dating

Although many Galiano guitars were relabeled Stellas made by Schmidt, a fair number of them were made by independent Italian American luthiers such as Antonio Cerrito, Raphael Ciani, and Joseph Nettuno. Still others were purchased from various large Chicago factories like Kay, Regal and Harmony. Some of these instruments were made from remnant parts acquired after their buyout of the Schmidt organization. Others were entirely made in their Chicago plant.

I have a Kay Mandolin with serial # of L What info can you give me. Vintage Washburn Mandolin Restoration: Serial Numbers.

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