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1960s Kay Jazz II Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst, Mint w/ P-35 Kleenex Box, Case


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Up for sale, a 1960s Kay Jazz II in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, compete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a replacement nut and switch tip, this is a time-capsule clean vintage guitar, featuring the same Gibson-made “Kleenex Box” P-35 pickups as the earlier Kay-made Barney Kessel models. This particular guitar is devoid of any Kay branding, likely produced to be sold by one of the numerous other companies that Kay made instruments for on an OEM basis.

The body is crafted from curly maple, with a “Thin-lite” hard maple neck and bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard. This Jazz II has a very full and authoritative acoustic tone, and the Kleenex Box pickup is one of the cooler sounding "off the beaten path" 1960's single coil designs, not unlike a P-90, yet with a distinctive dry, percussive cut and a more tailored midrange. The Kleenex Box pickups offer big, articulate single coil tone in each position on the three-way switch. This Jazz II has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Substantial “baseball bat” C, measuring .950” 1st fret, .990” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood, 12” radius, “quadrant” inlays
-Frets: Medium, no wear
-Scale Length: 26”
-Nut: 1.650”, replacement, bone
-Tuners: Grover Rotomatic, Pat. Pending

Body Specs:

-Wood: Curly maple
-Pickups: P-35 “Kleenex Box” single coil x2
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Bigsby vibrato, floating Brazilian rosewood bridge
-Plastics: DeArmond-made reflector knobs, plexi “flag” pickguard, replacement switch tip

The gloss Sunburst (described by Kay as a Cremona violin brown/golden burst) nitro lacquer finish highlights the extremely consistent and tight curly flame figuring, particularly dimensional on the back, with a few spots of faint lacquer checking. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the gloss on the neck profile is similarly immaculate. There is a tiny chip on the top of the headstock, with one additional chip (not through the lacquer) at the truss rod adjustment point.

The original two-tone hardshell case with red interior is included, also very well-kept.