156: Kay Vantage Countour Electric Guitar 1960s RARE
This is an amazing vintage Kay Vantage Countour electric guitar, circa about 1966. The K311 as it is known in the vintage Kay catalogs. It's a great find in one of the rarest colors - the baby blue. Very hard to find in this color, condition, and with the original hard shell case. The case has some bottom warping of the wood due to age. The instrument plays well and all electronics seem to perform and sound great. New strings and a setup should be considered.
Kay Musical Instrument Company was a prolific American manufacturer of musical instruments that operated from the 1930s through the 1960s. Although Kay's first electric guitar was offered in 1936 (the same year as Gibson ES-150, five years after the Frying pan), Kay is known as an electric guitar pioneer because their past company Stromberg-Voisinet produced the first commercial electric guitar, the Stromberg Electro, in 1928
The original ad for this guitar listed it for sale at $55. The Kay Value Leader Solid Body Electric Guitar. Brilliantly polished, high performance guitar at a practical budget price. Designed to look sharp and to provide the "solid" guitar sound that is so popular today. Handsome hardwood body is finished in a choice of red, tal blue or shaded walnut. Value Leader guitars feature exclusive "thin-lite" neck with adjustable truss rod that prevents warpage or misalignement. Stylish Kay head is of matching color and has all 6 tuning keys located convientely on one side. Powerful magnetic pickup is designed for maximum output and true electronic tone. With separate tone and volume controls and detachable cord. Genuine oval rosewood fingerboard with 4 inlaid position markers; adjustable metal bridge; hinge-type tailpiece. 38-1/4" long, 12-1/2" wide. Sturdy chipboard carrying case, 2 tone covering - $13.95 (in 1966) :-)
If you like this don't forget to check out lot#150 in this auction for a rare Danelctro Silvertone with Amp Case !