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1960s Kay Pro Thinline Speed Demon Swingmaster Vintage Hollowbody Guitar, Flame Maple w/ Bigsby


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Up for sale, an early 1960s Kay Pro doublecut thinline hollowbody in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. One of the rarer upscale iterations of Kay's thinline hollowbody platform, this Pro features the same trio of "Speed Bump" pickups as their Speed Demon series, along with a distinctive Bigsby tailpiece made exclusively for Kay, and a heavily figured flame maple body.

The instrument delivers an array of smooth, round bell-like tones with a clear, percussive edge. The sound naturally has more upper midrange emphasis and bite in the bridge position, offering a pillowy warmth toggling towards the neck. The rotary four-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup present a huge range of classic Kay tones, and the fully hollow maple body has the benefit of both the low end fullness of its construction and the attack and brightness associated with maple as a tonewood. The instrument weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a proper U-shaped profile carve with ample heft and shoulder, measuring .975" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a particularly visually dynamic cut of this tonewood with triangular pearloid inlays and the original medium fretwire. The frets benefit from a light level and crown with good meat remaining, currently showing no wear. The scale length is a full 25 5/8", and the guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and a responsive truss rod. The modern carved bone nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, a set of modern, aged Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners function reliably. The face of the headstock has a dark tortoise veneer and raised Kay badge.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and hardware includes the lightweight aluminum Bigsby bridge and corresponding vibrato tailpiece. The vibrato engages smoothly with the original spring, returning reliably to the original pitch. Plastics include the tortoise batwing pickguard and sextet of knobs.

The Natural gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits broad vertical checking across the top and back, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a few minor nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole and similarly restrained wear on the neck carve. There is also some cloudiness in the clear coat on the shoulders of the neck carve in the higher registers.

A padded gigbag is included.