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KAY: 355
Titan - Circa 1965

Kay 355 Titan Cronado 1965 2 Kleenex box pickups, natural finish double cutaway, rear input, Bigsby This is a Coronado guitar made by Kay of Chicago for the Gambles Department store around 1965. Kay made guitars for several department stores including Sears, Wards, Aldens, and Gambles. Just as Sears used Silvertone, the Coronado name was used by Gambles to market and sell guitars by different manufacturers. Titan is the name that Kay used for the guitar. The Titan was one of Kay's best made instruments. It is a rare, solid body guitar featuring a natural finish, two single coil Barney Kessel, Kleenex box pickups, mahogany body, neck and headstock with a rosewood fretboard, Kluson Deluxe tuners and a Bigsby tailpiece/tremolo. This guitar also has a unique input jack located at the rear of the guitar so that the lead would not be in the way of the action happening in the front. It's also good if you are looking for something a little different with which to impress your fellow guitarist friends. 100% original, this guitar is in good condition with only a few minor scrapes to the finish. It has a fantastic fast action, terrific tone and it is a pleasure to play. Get your hands on this very rare instrument before someone else does.Description from

CONDITION:Description from
This guitar is in good condition. There are just a few minor scrapes to the natural finish, otherwise, this is a beautiful guitar that plays and sounds as well as it

TUNERS:Description from
Closed back, one-piece Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons. The tuners are fully functional and in very good working order.
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NECK:Description from
Bolt-on, straight, mahogany neck with rectangular mother of pearl inlays on a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 19 frets, and 25.5" scale. The frets are in very good condition and the action is fast. The headstock has very minimal finish wear at the edges and one minor ding in the back. A truss rod keeps the neck straight and adjustable.
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PICKUPS:Description from
Two single coil, Barney Kessel, Kleenex box pickups. The neck pickup has a rich, dark, warm, jazzy, mellow tone. The bridge pickup has a warm, heavy, jazzy, rocking, brighter tone with more bite than the neck pickup. Using the combination of pickups and tone knobs gives you a wide variety of musical sonorities from which to choose. There are four pots, one tone and one volume for each pickup. The toggle switch allows you to select the neck, bridge or both pickups.

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    Overall length: 40 5/8"
    Body width: 13.25"Description from
    Body thickness: 2" (with neck: 2.25")
    Scale: 25.5"Description from
    Width of the nut: 1 5/8" (Depth at nut: .75")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
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Kay 355 Titan Cronado 1965 2 Kleenex box pickups, natural finish double cutaway, rear input, Bigsby