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1960 Kay Value Leader K1962 Silvertone-Branded 1460L2 Vintage USA-Made Electric Guitar, Black


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Up for sale, a 1960 Kay Value Leader model K1962 vintage USA-made electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A particularly rare iteration of the Value Leader platform, the Black-finished models were made exclusively for Sears' Silvertone brand under the 1460L2 model designation. And unlike the Kay-branded versions, the Silvertone 1460L2 has a genuine slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard and matching floating bridge.

One of Kay's most tonally satisfying models, the dual pickup Value Leader boasts a hollow, Les Paul-esque body and a pair of Kay's pancake pickups (otherwise known as "zippos") which deliver a tone that is pure early Rock & Roll percussive cut and woody sparkle. Both single coils have strong output, and there's plenty of sinewy snap and taut bass on tap. This guitar has a very fat neck pickup tone with growl and punch, a spanky bridge pickup tone, and a full, complex sound when both pickups are engaged. The guitar is featherweight at 5lbs 4oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-48 strings.

The maple neck has a particularly full-feeling U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and ideal heft, effortlessly navigable and easy to chord, measuring .945" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original brass frets, showing only light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. At only 24 1/4", the scale length is very manageable, and the cutaway allows easy access to all 18 frets. The carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the strings are ideally spaced for comfortable chording and even fingerstyle playing if desired. The headstock features a set of original open-gear strip tuners with white lollipop buttons, and the tuners all function as intended, with a bend in the G tuner arm. The Silvertone script logo is retained, with some wear along the top headstock edge.

All of the electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and Centralab pots that date to the 49th week of 1960. On the parchment plastic pickguard, all of the original mini Dakaware Volume and Tone knobs are intact, with helpful "V" and "T" graphics. Each pickup has its own pair of dedicated knobs, along with a three-way rotary pickup selector switch. The pickguard is mounted with a few new flathead screws, and there's one tiny missing pickguard corner. The original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, with a repair on the bottom of the bridge base. The original nickel trapeze tailpiece rounds out the hardware complement. The Black nitro lacquer finish exhibits one touched-up ding on the lower bout just beyond the edge of the pickguard, with one small piece of new binding on the back of the treble-side cutaway and a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole.

A padded gigbag is included.