Description

The Jazz II was Kay’s top-of-the-line thinline hollow body in the early 1960’s, and replaced the Barney Kessel signature models as the company’s flagship guitar after Kessel and Kay parted ways. It’s a supremely cool guitar, and sounds amazing thanks to its Gold K “Kleenex Box” pickups and original Bigsby B6 Vibrato. This example is a somewhat rarer variation of the Jazz II and features a full Kelvinator headstock and natural finish over figured maple.

Full hollow thin body with laminate maple back and sides, 4-ply bindings with white outer edge, original Bigsby tailpiece and bridge, mirror silver pickups and surrounds, and scalloped-edge Kay pickguard. Bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid “Quadrant” inlays, long 25.8” scale, and 1-11/16” nut. Full, rounded C-shaped neck carve that’s not unlike a 60’s Guild in feel and extremely comfortable. The neck has recently been refretted, original-style Grover Rotomatics reinstalled and the neck oversprayed and touched-up. The work is very well done and the finish repair is well matched. The neck feel is fabulous. Body finish is 100% original.

With its unique styling, cool Kelvinator headstock, supple-feeling vintage Bigsby, and top-notch playability this Kay Jazz II is a shop favorite.

With period original soft-shell case

We are located in Canada. US prices are approximate. Please contact us for current US pricing and shipping details.

Folkway Music

Folkway Music

~1961
Kay
Excellent
Natural Figured Maple
Original Soft
$1,778
Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
10:59 AM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

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