Here we have a circa 1953 Orpheus H44 electric guitar made by Kay. It’s in wonderful condition for a 60+ year-old guitar. Its two-tone cream and metallic green finish looks great with moderate playwear and a smattering of dings and scratches. Mostly original with the exception of a replaced nut. Though it’s a small bodied guitar it does have a great big old neck (see specs below) which can rightly be called a baseball bat profile. Has good action but we’d probably play it primarily with a slide. If you have big hands though, you could go either way. We’ll leave that up to you.
Basic Specs: 3-on-a-plate Kluson tuners. Comfortable 1 3/4 inch nut width with an added Bone nut. Mahogany neck with a 25.5 inch scale length. Neck depth is 1.1 inches at the first fret and 1.4 inches at the twelfth fret. Rosewood fingerboard with 19 Brass frets and a 12 inch radius. Original pickup. Adjustable wooden bridge painted to match body. Stamped tailpiece. No truss rod, but with a neck this size who needs one? Single-ply Cream plastic pickguard.
This is a great guitar for the right person. Good sounding pickup. Comes with non-original hardshell case.
Year: Circa 1953
Make: Orpheus (Kay)
Model: H44 Electric Guitar (made by Kay)
Finish: Cream and Green Two-Tone Paint
Case: Non-Original Hardshell Case
Weight: 6 pounds
Condition: Very Good to Excellent Vintage Condition (with modest playwear, great finish, and just a few odds dings and scratches)
Modifications: Added Bone nut
Comments: Cool looking 50s guitar with a baseball bat neck.