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Kay Vintage Reissue Series: Thin Twin Electric Guitar

Kay Vintage Reissue Series: Thin Twin Electric Guitar -

First introduced in 1952, the six string, Kay Thin Twin Electric Guitar, was an instant hit with blues players in the Chicago area, and soon became known as the Jimmy Reid or Howlin' Wolf model, and to this day, remains a favourite by many guitarists, session players and collectors.

During the 1950's and 60's, the Kay Musical Instrument Company sold guitars in enormous quantities, fuelling teenage fantasies around the world, and in hindsight, are arguably accountable for single-handedly creating the vast America guitar market.

Built as close as possible to the original specifications, the Kay Vintage Reissue Series feeds the lust for collectors and players of all ages, offering an opportunity to own an authentic representation of one of the world's most popular instruments in the history of the electric guitar.

The Kay Thin Twin Electric Guitar features the same distinct, single cutaway, triple-chambered hollow body design. Maple is employed maple for the arched back, sides and 3 ply flamed top, offset with multi-ply checkerboard celluloid binding.

The Thin Twin got its name from its two Blade pickups, known for their distinctive clean, sharp, sustaining sound and, with its own interior special feedback-resistant bracing, was the first guitar able to create that bluesy raw, with a clean natural distortion without feedback.

The same bracing system and pickups in chrome covers are also included within the Vintage Reissue Series, with individual volume and tone controls, and a 3-way bat-style selector switch. Hardware includes individual chromed saddle-style mounted bridge with height adjustments, and a chrome trapeze tailpiece. The one-piece, Canadian maple set neck features a 20 fret, bound rosewood fingerboard, with pearloid block position markers.



A far cry from just another mass produced vintage looking guitar, the Kay Vintage Reissue Series successfully duplicates the original 50's models, within feel, playability and the legendary Kay sound. Complete with the company's gold chevron, flagship headstock design, displaying 3-D raised "Kel-von-a-tor" style emblem, to this day, the Kay Thin Twin Electric Guitar is probably one of the coolest looking guitars ever made.



Issue #75

Peter Green / Ivar Bjørnson

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