This is a very nice Kay Swingmaster model K673, triple pickup, electric guitar with a tobaccoburst finish. It's got a great range of sounds from the extremely strong Gold "K" "Kleenex Box" pickups. Overall, it's probably more of a players guitar but collectors will appreciate it too. The guitar Includes a new gig bag.From VintageSilvertones.com
Thinline, two inch deep, single-cutaway with a tobaccoburst finish on front and black on back. Curly Maple-laminated body. Finish has crazing (finish cracks) on front and back. None of the cracks go into the wood. Paint is worn and chipped off in various places. Overall, it's very good condition with a nice antiqued finish. The body is fully bound with a super nice checkboard binding; a very nice detail. Inside the body is stamped: "P3"; which might imply three pickups. The actual model number is a K673 Swingmaster. This guitar sounds nice both electrified and unplugged.From VintageSilvertones.com
Generally, the guitar is 100% original. The jack may have been replaced but it's hard to tell; either way it's in good working order. The bridge maybe be a replacement or possibly just the gold turning screws. It's possible it's original also.From VintageSilvertones.com
Grover tuners, in good working order. The only exception is the G tuner is slightly loose but works fine. The headstock has a nice metal Kay logo.From VintageSilvertones.com
Bolt-on, fully bound fretboard, straight, 19 low profile frets in good shape with only minor wear, action is set fast, mother of pearl block inlays on rosewood fretboardFrom VintageSilvertones.com
- 25 7/8" scale (long scale) - overall guitar size: 41" x 15"
Three Kay-made "Kleenex box" pickups. Kay calls the pickups Gold "K"
Neck: loud, full, smooth Jazzy-soundingFrom VintageSilvertones.com
Middle: loud, bright, with a slight bite but unique in tone
Bridge: loud, bright, twangy, very surf or country sounding
All 3 on: very clear, loud, bright and rich sounding
Overall, the pickups are in excellent working order along with their tone and volume controls. They really make this guitar.
1962 KAY CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
HERE AT KAY, we are proud to shout "response" from the housetops when we talk about Gold "K" electric. Engineered for the sound you want--at the split second you want it--they're guaranteed to give brilliant performance! The smartly designed professional pickups provide that perfect union of power, balance, and sensitivity which delivers today's guitar sound to perfection. Lightning picks, rhythm beats, brilliant highs, rich low tones--any combination you want--are all handled through the selector switch on the multiple pickup models. Each pickup has its own tone and volume controls that can be pre-set and individually adjusted.From VintageSilvertones.com
THINLINE "SWINGMASTER": A real professional, only 2" thin, with elegant auditorium size body--41"x15". And what "pro" features! "Thin-Lite" hard maple neck with adjustable steel reinforcing rod. Select curly maple laminated body with arched top and back. Celluloid bound oval rosewood fingerboard with six large hand inlaid blocks and nickel silver frets. Heavy celluloid binding on top and back edges, multiple inlay on top. Flat wound electric guitar strings; deluxe machine heads with metal buttons. Your choice of 2 or three powerful, sensitive Gold "K" pickup units with the kind of power, balance, sensitivity and style demanded by the most exacting guitar work. Each unit has its own separate tone and volume controls, so you can play any one of the units individually or all together, using the instantaneous selector switch. Here's response that's second to none!From VintageSilvertones.com
K673 ARCHED THINLINE "SWINGMASTER"From VintageSilvertones.com
with 3 pickup units...........$179.50From VintageSilvertones.com
Kay Swingmaster K673
Item #: k2005