Kay Encore 160 1951 Sunburst
Summary: This old Kay guitar is super “vibey” with its beefy baseball bat of a neck, original Bakelite knobs and recent pro refret! Our in-house luthier has just restrung this guitar with 10s and set the action low and comfortable. This guitar plays and sounds fantastic.
Body: Fully-hollow archtop guitar with 3 ply binding on the spruce top and maple back and sides.
Neck: The neck is huge, some might call it a “baseball bat” neck and we would agree. It is very comfortable and has some finish worn off the back and sides making it feel very smooth. The rosewood fingerboard is bound and has been re-fretted with larger frets, it also has very unique split inlays. It has a 1 5/8” nut width and 25.9” scale length.
Pickups/Hardware: It has one pickup, volume, tone, original Bakelite knobs, rosewood floating bridge, trapeze tailpiece and replacement chrome closed back tuners.
Cosmetics: This guitar is in great vintage shape save for the heel-cap being missing and a slight gap in the heel. There's plenty of finish checking all over the body and neck, lots of patches of finish missing all around the guitar, small nicks and dings can be found and there is a large patch of finish played off the top where the pickguard once sat. There are holes in the back of the headstock where the old tuners sat, holes where the pickguard was once mounted and there are numbers carved into the headstock and tailpiece.
Playability: Our in-house guitar tech has just inspected, setup and restrung this guitar with a new set of 10s. The neck is straight and the action has been setup low and comfortable. The frets are in great shape with no major grooves or divots from use and it plays beautifully up and down the fingerboard with no dead spots or choking out.
Weight: 5 lbs, 4 oz.
Case: This guitar has no case but we will ship it professionally packed and fully insured!