Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar
Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars
Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body Electric Guitars
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Recreate the sounds of the early rock and blues masters with this reissue.
The K161 Kay Thin Twin electric guitar was originally introduced in 1952 and was known as the "Jimmy Reed" or "Howlin' Wolf" model. The Thin Twin was the first guitar able to create that unique blues sound from the special Kay interior bracing that made the instrument a favorite among blues players as well as rockers of the '50s and '60s.
The Thin Twin got its name from its two Blade pickups, known for their distinctive clean, sharp, sustaining sound. The Thin Twin's hollow-body chamber parallel bracing produces that gutsy, bluesy, raw sound, creating a clean natural distortion without feedback.
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Thin Twin Electric Guitar Specifications:
- Body: Single-cutaway, tone-chambered, hollow-body acoustic with special feedback-resistant bracing.
Back: Parabolic arched maple
Top: 3-ply flamed maple
Purfling: Multi-ply checkerboard celluloid binding
Neck: Set one-piece, straight-grained Canadian maple with single-ply binding
Frets: 20 medium nickel-silver
Inlays: 6 block pearloid
Fingerboard: 26" scale rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
Tuning Machines: Vintage-style, 3 per side
Bridge and Tailpiece: Chrome individual saddle-style mounted bridge with height adjustment thumbwheels and chrome trapeze tailpiece
Top Nut: Bone
Headstock: Original gold chevron displaying 3-D raised "Kel-von-a-tor" style emblem
Finish Coat: High-gloss polyester protective polymer
Pickups: 2 chrome Thin Twin single-coil Blade pickups
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way bat-style toggle selector
Output jack: Side-mounted
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Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:
I purchased this on a whim because it looks cool and I am a Jimmy Reed fan. Mine is blonde and very flashy. Just like the old Kays it is not 100% perfect. The tuners seem a little cheap, the pickguard does not lay flat and the knobs are chessy. That being said I still like it. It plays much better than any vintage Kay I have every played. It should because this has an adjustable truss rod and a modern bridge. The pickups are hot snigle coils. Very easy to get an overdriven blues tone. It comes with one of the nicest cases I ahve seen in a while. Very retro with a red felt interior. It protects very well. A very unique instrument.