1938 Kay Fiddle Head Archtop. No Reserve. For Sale

Circa 1938 Kay Fiddlehead Archtop

Here’s a rare Kay archtop. Modeled after a violin with fiddle head and edges. This guitar has many repaired top cracks but they were well done and properly cleated so they present no problems. No cracks on back or sides. It has been refinished. When I got the guitar, the finish was beyond saving. It was so dirty it was almost black. I stripped it down to the original violin color stain and shot a couple coats of clear nitro. I left it without a final sanding and buffing so it would look aged. Looks great. Solid spruce top with flamed maple back and sides.

Plays ok now but could be much better with a little more work. I strung it with silk and steels to reduce tension and kept it tuned down a step. To get it up to where it could be, I would plane the fingerboard and refret (looks like it’s been refretted once already). I don’t think it needs a neck set. The angle is not bad. The bridge could use some more work and that would go a long way toward making it play at its best but I’ve moved on to other projects so that remains for whoever takes it home. Genuine is a modern replacement. Original pickguard.

Nice and light. Feels like an air guitar. Nice funky sound with the current strings. Wide fingerboard more like an acoustic. Cool sound for fingerpicking. No case. Will be boxed carefully for shipping.

Payment Details

Paypal is the only accepted method of payment. Payment is expected within 7 days of sale’s end or item will be relisted and non-paying buyer report will be filed.

Shipping Details

Shipping cost is $40.00 in the continental US.by UPS ground. Tracking number and insurance are included in this cost. International buyers contact me for an estimate.

Return Details

As is so ask any questions and offer accordingly.

On Jun-13-13 at 10:36:23 PDT, seller added the following information:

In response to several questions, here is the following update: The neck is quite straight. It has a small amount of relief but nothing serious. The issue is with the fingerboard. The extension has a slight twist and bump which needs to be addressed. I am suggesting that the fingerboard be planed as this would get rid of the twist/bump issue and also clean up some playing wear on the first several frets. A carefully tapered planing would also give the neck a little more angle when setting the bridge. The fingerboard is thick enough for this work as not much wood needs to be removed to accomplish the repair.


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