SOLD - Kay K-161 Thin Twin 1950s 1955 1956

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An excellent example of the Kay Thin Twin that plays better than most, having a nearly perfect neck angle. 

The frets were changed somewhere down the line, and they're in great shape with a fresh fret polish - they'll be playable for quite some time without needing work or replacement.

The guitar is pictured with one changed tuner, but we have the original, which just needs a new button on it.  The others will eventually need to be replaced, but they're solid for now.  A few of the tuner mounting screws have been changed. 

The potentiometers date to 1955, so my guess is that the guitar was made in 1955 or 56.  Everything under the hood is original - solders, pots, pickups, etc.  There are no other repairs, issues or changes to the guitar.

This guitar is owned by our friend Greg Loiacano, guitarist, singer and songwriter in The Mother Hips. 

The band got their start in the early 90s here in Chico, CA   Watching the band move from backyard parties to clubs and beyond was a fun ride for us here in Chico.  The fact that they're still playing all over the West Coast and elsewhere is even better.  Each show is a reunion of sorts.

The original case is included.  It has been recovered in red tolex.

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  • Color: Natural
  • Weight: 7lb 5.1oz
  • Top: Maple
  • Body: Brazilian Rosewood Sides, Maple Back
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: U
  • Fretboard: Bound Brazilian Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
  • Frets: Re-fret
  • Fret count: 19
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale: 25-3/4"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 1.0"
  • Neck thickness at 9th fret: 1.17"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: .060"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: .070"
  • Total length: 40-1/4"
  • Lower bout: 15-1/8"
  • Waist: 9-3/8"
  • Upper bout: 10-7/8"
  • Body depth/thickness: 2-3/4"
  • String gauge: .010-.046
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Kay Thin Twin Single Coil
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 12.27k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup Brand: Kay Thin Twin Single Coil
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 11.23k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Adjustable Rosewood
  • Tuners: 5 Original, 1 Replaced
  • Switch: 3 Way Toggle
  • Pots/Codes: Original
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: So. Much. MOJO!

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