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1960s Kay Vanguard K333 Vintage Triple Pickup Electric Guitar, USA-Made


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Up for sale, a 1960's Kay Vanguard K333 vintage triple pickup electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A model only available from 1964-65, the K333 was the tip-top offering in the Vanguard line of instruments, boasting (as the original catalog put it), "space-age styling at an outstanding value."

A triple pickup affair with a four-way rotary switch to select each pickup individually or all three at once, this Kay has a big, burly sound with a touch of bark, and good percussive clarity without being thin or overly bright. The acoustic tone has the same barky, present sound which translates well through the pickups. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a substantial and deep V neck profile carve, measuring .920" deep at the 1st fret and 1.030" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets have good meat and show virtually no wear. The scale is a full 25 5/8", and the modern upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the "bushwacker" headstock (Kay's original terminology, not ours), the original raised Kay badge is intact, and the open-gear strip tuners with lollipop buttons hold pitch well.

All electronics function as intended, and all three pickups have strong output with a sextet of original barrel knobs offering individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The chrome-plated rotary four-way pickup selector allows for individual selection of the pickups, or all four engaged at once, and all of the original gold knob caps are intact. Hardware includes the original chrome string anchor and a replacement chrome bridge with a bar saddle, anchored to the top for optimal stability. Cosmetic wear on the Red Sunburst finish is limited to some scuffs and general wear adjacent to the tailpiece and bridge, light wear through the finish on the edges of the slab body, and a few additional marks consistent with light use on the body as a whole. The neck profile gloss is clean and smooth with no palm wear.