A Brief History from our Tech:
During the early years of The Great Depression, while many makers were struggling, Kay sought to develop a stand out instrument to rise above the rest. In comes Stromberg-Voisinet to design an elegant archtop acoustic with new for the time features like X-bracing and an adjustable bolt-on neck. These guitars were made with fine woods like rosewood, and in the case of this piece, a flamed maple back with birdseye maple sides. To top it all off, an ornate stencil was painted on the lower bout of the body. These instruments became a smash hit with contemporary Blues artists of the day, primarily in Atlanta, Georgia. Details:
The instrument is in fine shape for its age, but it does have some issues when it comes to playability. The neck is experiencing some shrinkage which has caused the fret ends to pop out, which is in turn causing bulging under the binding. All this makes for some high spots along the neck, mostly relegated to the treble side and especially at the 1st fret. The action is also fairly high, but the guitar makes up for it with some incredible projection and a nice aged sound. There is a decent amount of wear on the finish as well, but decorative stencil still looks sharp. This piece would make a great addition to any blues enthusiast’s collection. Ships in a chip case.
Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz.
Nut width: 1 13/16”
8/10 (excellent condition) c.1930s Made in the USA
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