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1966 Kay Vanguard II Vibrato Model K328 Vintage Electric Guitar USA-Made w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Kay Vanguard II model K328 vintage electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The top model in the Vanguard line, this vibrato-equipped model K328 was introduced in the '66 catalog and only saw production for a few short years. 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 lightweight at 6lbs 9oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action.

While the original Kay catalog touts their "Thin-Lite" neck profile, in reality the shape is a substantial and full-feeling C profile that measures .960” deep at the 1st fret and tapers to 1.010” at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlays and the original slender frets which show only light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-8 and virtually zero further wear up the fretboard. The scale is a full 25 5/8", and the nut measures 1 5/8" 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 white lollipop buttons turn smoothly and hold their pitch well.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of pickups read 5.05k ohms for the neck, 5.31k in the middle, and 5.05k ohms at the bridge. All solder joints are untouched, and the CTS pots date back to the 49th week of '65, while the pickups have matching 07/22/66 date stamps on the baseplates. The sextet of original knobs include individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The barrel knobs retain their clean gold caps, and all of the original gold silkscreen text is intact on the guard. The adjustable metal bridge has six individual saddles for optimal intonation, and works in concert with the vibrato tailpiece, though the original vibrato arm is no longer present.

The original Red Sunburst finish is particularly clean, with modest wear through the gloss at the edges of the burst along the contoured body edges. Aside from a few additional minor dings and faint finish scratches, the guitar is an extremely nice example of a model that rarely receives the reverence it deserves. The neck profile is virtually pristine with only a couple light and shallow cosmetic scratches that are not distracting to the palm in the least.

The original form-fit two tone chipboard case is included with a brown and blonde exterior, functional latches, and the original handle.