Friday, December 23, 2011

1961 Kay Value Leader Guitar

Saw Ryan Bingham on Youtube playing one of these made by Kay under the Old Kraftsman name (Kay made these for Spiegel). The tone was awesome and i decided that I needed another guitar right away. Found a well worn unit on ebay and scored it for about half of what they are going for these days. After some minor adjustments and gluing of some loose binding, it was ready to go. Tthe "zippo" DeArmond single coil pickup and the 0.1 vintage "firecracker" wax and paper tone capacitor rule the dark bluesy tube breakup tone of this recording session star. A very cool find indeed.