Throughout most of the s, the Kay Musical Instrument Company was a true behemoth of the American guitar market. The Kay Company had a significant impact in the history of guitar making in the USA, and the company always had a plethora of guitars in just about every price range and style. Founded in , the company originally operated as The Groeschel Company and manufactured mandolins. In the company name was changed to the Stromberg—Voisinet Company and added guitars and banjos to the lineup. Then, in , new owner Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer changed the name to the Kay Musical Instrument Company and began to focus on all types of stringed instruments, like basses and violas and guitars. Kay also made guitars under a few different brand names, such as Silvertone , Truetone , Airline , and Old Kraftsman , among others. Looking through old Kay catalogs can be a dizzying task, with hundreds of different guitar models and configurations. This is a great example of the early electric guitars by the Kay Co.
Vintage 1958 Kay K-162 Electric Bass Sunburst Finish
Headstocks of US models also use the Gibson headstock shape. Like everything else connected to instrument identification issues — there are many exceptions. In general, higher model numbers meant more binding and ornament.
Their very early banjos and guitars carried a gold decal, but no serial or Joe Bethancourt, banjo player, listed dating for Weymann banjo serial numbers. Harmony (or possibly Kay) that dates from c to the mid ‘s.
Save Password. Hello to all, I am new to all of this so please be patient! Probably not–but pictures might help get us close. No one worries about dating Kays since they are low-end banjos without any significant collectors or players market. Pictures will tell us whether it is USA of Asian made. Include a pic of the back with and without the resonator if applicable. Mike Halloran.
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This one is a fairly late example dating to , and remains a still unique and very playable instrument, well-suited to many vintage musical styles. Overall length.
What’s New December 27, –Today we have a rare early style 1 plectrum in excellent original condition. December 16, –Here’s another nice TB-3 from lot , still in the original owner’s family. December 5, –I’m happy to be able to add a sound file to the page for RB-3 ! November 27, –Today’s additional is a beautiful original five-string flathead RB-3 with wreath inlays! November 19, –There’s no rarer incarnation of the s style 1 than the GB, or guitar-banjo, version; here’s a nice well-used but original example.
November 12, –Any original five-string RB- 00 is a nice find, but this one is especially so with its original full-thickness rim and mahogany neck! November 11, –Today we have a nice follow-up to TB-3 Mastertone
Identifying and Dating Kay Guitars
I had a huge amount of feedback for which many thanks to all you clever, knowledgeable people about the original list and so I expanded it to cover later artists including some Gospel , but I still try restrict it to acoustic instruments, give or take the odd added pickup. The information is mostly gathered from repros. Also, please bear in mind that any one singer would have used several instruments in his career and that he could have borrowed a guitar for the photo session.
Any further information to add to the list, to correct the dodgy bits I know where they are – honest!
evaluating and dating Epiphone by Gibson Mandolin ( – ) · evaluating and dating Epiphone by Gibson Mandolin Melody Maker Tenor Banjo · Wood-body vintage National? Kay Musical Instrument Company – worth fixing up?
A – If you’re a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it. If you’re a seller, the value is the minimum amount you accept to sell it.. You can check ebay for completed sales for the same model, but value on ebay is not value in a shop or elsewhere, for reasons. Outside of a completed transaction, value has no meaning, so please do not ask me to value your guitar.
Please re-read above and you’ll have the answer. Harmony instruments were produced on an industrial scale.
There are lots that match your search criteria. Subscribe now to get instant access to the full price guide service. Banjolele 7” head, 16 frets, 5 strings, maker’s stamp ‘Geo. Matthew, Maker Birmingham’ in need of repair, cased together with 5 string Banjo 10” head and fretless fretboard ‘H Sykes, Leeds’ and another Banjo 5 string 11” head a.
Banjolele 8” head, 15 frets, 16 lugs, decorative pearloid inlay to headstock, back of head stamped ‘Maybell’, with wooden resonator, cased. G, all metal work appears to have been gold plated, cased with George Formby memorabilia.
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See the new dating table below:. But they do know that the documentation was dated If I could find the now owner of this mandolin it could answer some questions about when H. Weymann and Son started serializing instruments, which at present those early years are a bit of a mystery. Many thanks, Charles. While there is evidence that H. The catalyst for this was possibly the buying of production equipment and spare parts from the discontinued S.
Stewart enterprise in , also of Philadelphia. Their very early banjos and guitars carried a gold decal, but no serial or style model number. Still later they carried a serial number but no style number. I believe around they finally added a style number as well. One conjecture is that Weymann started serializing their instruments after Martin started doing the same in This makes a lot of sense to me as I believe the gold decals labels they used, were made by the first company to manufacture decals in the US, The Meyercord Company, which was established in and registered in
❌SOLD❌ S S Stewart The Amateur Open Back Banjo, 1899
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began the Kay-kraft line, named after Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer (company secretary-treasurer) company renamed Kay Kraft when Henry They made the Mayflower line of guitars, banjos and mandolins. In Dating these guitars.
No two models of banjos sound alike. Older banjos are highly prized for their unique tones that evoke the late great artists of blues, bluegrass, and folk. With a few exceptions, older banjos are more sought-after. This is because older models use now-defunct materials, giving them tone that is unique from more modern instruments. Many early Gibson models are incredibly valuable.
You can find the age of your banjo by Google searching the model name and serial number. If your banjo was handmade, you can have it dated by an expert. Some banjos are incredibly rare and can be worth thousands. The Gibson Mastertone flathead five-string, made famous by Earl Scruggs, is valued at thousands of dollars since fewer than were ever made. While more common, Epiphone banjos made during the Great Depression tend to also be worth great deals of money. The condition and tone of your banjo should be like new.
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February 06, This old 5-string was made by in Chicago by Kay and has their gizmo-tastic neck adjuster mechanism and probably dates to the early 50s or late 40s. Here’s a similar-period tenor jo for example. It originally had a skin head, straight bridge, and friction pegs at the headstock. It’s therefore a sort of peculiar instrument that doesn’t fit into the standard-issue categories of “old time 5-string” or “bluegrass 5-string.
The pot is multi-ply maple and 11″ diameter.
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This, my first banjo, was a really inexpensive, difficult to play and terrible sounding instrument. Having been a Christmas gift and my being a complete novice, it was wonderful despite its shortcomings of which I had no inkling at the time anyway! Thankfully, I have no pictures of that banjo or me playing it. However it was similar to the one shown here on the right. This was my first really good-quality banjo.
After about a year struggling with the Kay tenor, my father realized that I was pretty serious about playing and could use a better instrument. Most banjo players I know like glitzy instruments. After getting pretty good at playing and earning some money teaching at the music store we ordered the Vega Professional from, I decided to step up a couple of notches on the Vega ladder and splurge on a Vox IV—each one custom built with gold plated hardware and uniquely colored designs engraved and painted on the creamy-white resonator.
It seemed to me to be the prettiest instrument ever made. I really beat the hell out of this banjo for close to five years but I seem to have no recordings of me playing it that I can track down. In addition to accompanying me on my first real professional jobs, his banjo taught me that, like drinking and driving, drinking and playing is extremely stupid and dangerous. I still, to this day almost 50 years later, rarely drink more than a single beer while on a gig.
When we finally got to Fairbanks, we were pretty dirty and reeked of wood-smoke after three weeks of camping along the Trans-Canada and Alaska Highways, the latter of which was still gravel in the Canadian section.