Retrofret Stock # 5549. Kay Model 6540 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar, c. 1959, made in Chicago, serial # L 3345, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 3/4 in. (654 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). All original with some finish checking and light general wear, with small dings and chips and a little patching by the neck heel. The neck is straighter than most period Kays and has been reset (possibly more than once!) making this is a very good player as these midline Chicago archtops go. There are a couple of small repaired cracks to the original plastic pickguard, but no other notable repairs. Overall a nice example with a very funky sound-the "speedbump" pickup is extremely microphonic. With some interesting cosmetic touches like checkerboard body binding and guitar-pick-shaped fingerboard inlay this is a cool and vibey old hollowbody electric. Excellent - Condition.
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