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1962 Custom Kraft Model 4155 Midnight Special Vintage Guitar, Kay USA-Made w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Custom Kraft Model 4155 fully hollow electric guitar, manufactured by Kay in the USA and in time capsule-clean condition. This guitar has a very similar feel and look to a Kay Value Leader or Harmony Stratotone Jupiter, with a black sparkle finish and zipper binding on the top, back, and neck. Custom Kraft guitars were created for St Louis Music (a heavyweight guitar distributor) and these particular instruments were only available from 1961-62 in a series that was dubbed the "Dynamic Color" line.

Very hard to find in any condition, this particular example is positively pristine, weighing 5lbs 8oz. The tone is pure early Rock & Roll jangle via the pair of stock Kay "pancake" pickups, with strong output from both single coils. The fully hollow body gives the tone a bit of extra natural warmth and bark, and these pickups are glassy and percussive-sounding with a taut, sinewy cut. The guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings and comfortable action.

The neck has a substantial D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features flawless brass fretwire, and the guitar plays well in all registers up the 24 1/2" scale. The bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. You just can't beat the medieval-looking lion headstock graphic, and the open-back tuners with lollipop buttons all turn smoothly and work well.

The electronics feature untouched solder joints, CentraLab pots, and paper-in-oil "dynamite" tone caps. All of the stock hardware is accounted for including the floating Brazilian rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece. Plastics include perfectly transparent DeArmond knobs and a top hat switch tip with pristine thin gold plating. The only signs of use are some requisite light pick scuffing on treble side of the pickguard, just a few tiny scuffs on the treble-side lower bout rim, and a light speckling of surface patina on the nickel-plated tailpiece. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless and free of palm wear.

The original two-tone blonde/gray chipboard case is included. The case is just as pristine as the guitar save for a small piece of missing blonde covering on the lower bout edge of the case.