Kay Value Leader 1 pickup K1961 All Original with Original Case 1962 Sunburst

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We're on another bent here at Mahar's Vintage Guitars.  This time it is Kay Value Leader guitars.  The first is this K1961 from 1962.

The K1961 is a one-pickup wonder with the celebrated DeArmond "Hershey Bar" pickup.

As is the case with the other two Kay Value Leaders we just received, this one is in excellent condition.  The only real knock on condition is that there are a few bent tuner button shafts, but the tuners work just fine.  

The frets are in excellent condition.  The neck has a slight swoop to it where the fretboard hits the body, but it plays great - better than most you'll find.  If you're in the market for a Kay like this, you know that they don't play like vintage Gibsons or Fenders, but they sound and look so unique that they are irresistible.

The guitar is all original and comes with the original case and a strap with a Martin attachment that has been used to avoid adding a strap button on the body or neck heel.  

  • Color: Sunburst
  • Weight: 4lbs 14ozs
  • Body/Top: Birch ply top and back with birch sides and pine/birch blocking 
  • Neck: Poplar
  • Fretboard: Select hardwood
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 18
  • Nut: Original
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale: 24 1/4"
  • Radius: 9.5
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.99"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1.03"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 5/64"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 5/64"
  • Total length: 38 5/8"
  • Lower bout: 13 1/4"
  • Waist: 7 7/8"
  • Upper bout: 9 7/16"
  • Body depth/thickness: 1 11/16"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Nickel
  • Neck Pickup/Brand: Kay DeArmond
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 4.48k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original, numbers 3, 4, and 6 are slightly bent butt function correctly.
  • Pots/Codes: 1346229
  • Case: Original Chipboard case
  • Notes: 

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