Kay Kay Kraft Style A Arch Top Acoustic Guitar , c. 1931

Kay  Kay Kraft Style A Arch Top Acoustic Guitar ,  c. 1931

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Kay Kay Kraft Style A Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1931, made in Chicago, sunburst lacquer with stenciling finish, laminated mahogany body, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebonized maple fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

This is a well-preserved example of Kay's signature early-'30s line of asymmetrical-bodied round hole arch-tops, in this case carrying the "house" Kay Kraft brand name. This mahogany-bodied Style "A" guitar was the lowest of the three-guitar line, the original list price being $25.00 in 1931. The triple-bound sunburst top has elaborate stencil decoration on the lower half over a shaded sunburst finish. The bolt-on neck has a bound, dot-inlaid fingerboard and is adjustable for angle, secured by a huge wing nut on neck block. This system actually works for setting the action, although it was a rather short-lived feature. The white pearloid headstock is adorned with a gold-painted raised "Kay Kraft" logo and edging decoration. These early Kays are something of a Depression-era classic, having equipped many cash-strapped players at the time with a decent guitar at a lower price than most.
 
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 7/16 in. (36.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 9/16 in. (9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is a nice all-original example, with some light play wear but no major damage or alterations. All hardware is complete and original except the tuners, which are correct period, but there are visible marks from something else being mounted at some point. Other fittings, including oft-missing pieces like the Bakelite pickguard and carved wood bridge, are intact. It looks like the fingerboard may have come loose and was re-attached (which is fairly common with these) and all is nice and solid now. The neck is straighter than most, and this is as good a player as we generally expect Kay Krafts to be, with a bigger, punchier sound than many. Includes the original chipboard case -- a nice package straight from 1931! Excellent Condition.