50s Kay 00-size, 12-fret in fan-braced solid spruce over birch, 1 13/16” nut, generous 2 3/8” string spacing, fine fingerstyle guitar with rich voice


This Kay dates from the 1950s and was born as a classical guitar with fan bracing. I’ve had great success on converting this model from nylon to steel string, taking advantage of the original/aged spruce top with bracing that favors a floating bridge configuration. You’ll be amazed at how lush the tone sounds.

SPECS: 00-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced spruce top in burst finish, sides and back in original faux maple brownish-finish, neck in opaque red mahogany finish, bound top, replacement tuning machines, steel reinforced neck with nice “C” profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, MOP markers on 3, 5, 7, and 9th frets, rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle. Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 3/8“, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 11“, Lower Bout: 14 3/16”, Body length: 18 1/8”, Widest body depth: 4”, Overall length: 37 3/4”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: One top hairline repair, one bass side shoulder bump, Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear, and seam shrinkage from age. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, bridge and setup.

SOUND: I love this guitar as a fingerstyle guitar. Its very playable with generous string spacing at the saddle. If you close your eyes while you play, you will not believe the guitar in your lap was made by KAY.

PRICE: $599

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