-- but turning a hundred buck bargain basement Kay into a great playing instrument, learning by trial and error, is what real guitar collecting is all about.
Hi I have a Blonde hollow body Guitar with two pick ups and a single cut away, fitted with a Bigsby tremelo arm.
While the situation isn't quite as bad as say, Gibson or Guild, this guide should be viewed as the best available consensus, not gospel.
In some cases a serial number may leave you with a fuzzy span of several years, and in others you will know which number your guitar was within a batch during a specific month and year.
I am using it mostly for slide right now as the neck needs to be reset, bloody awesome sound though! I just bought a K100 guitar with plain front and sunburst back. Through research I found it was made by the Kay company. Kay model numbers begin with the letter K in the format "K- xxxxx".
Identification is complicated by the fact that Kay re-assigned these numbers around 1960, so many models have two different model numbers, one which was used in the '50 and another in the '60s, despite being the same guitar.
I just bought a k-40 archtop guitar, 1941-42 from what I have read. Was wondering if anyone could tell me what year and value of this guitar. Any information such as manufacturer, year, and possible value is greatly appreciated. I would l UI development TVike to know the year it was made and what it's worth who ever had it took care of it very well it plays great and sound good I was told it was 1940s r 50s I welcome any thank who ever could tell me the number inside the body is L in-5816 I have a Kay acoustic the serial number is L2258, it has been in my family for a long time and I was just wondering what year it might of been made and more about it. It has a V neck profile, stenciled headstock label, ladder braced, paddle head, pyramid bridge, O-sized, the marking, "K-2" is impressed into the back of the head and D-81 is stamped inside the guitar.
But it's not hard to go through the catalogues, and to date most guitars by noticing slight changes in the models over the years -- such as pick-guard shape, tail-piece type (open or closed end), etc.