This is a Silvertone 1382L (Thin Twin: Jimmy Reed model), sunburst, semi-hollow body, electric guitar made by Kay of Chicago, IL between 1955 and 1956. It's nickname comes from the two very thin pickups. Aside from some cosmetic differences it's identical to the Kay guitar Jimmy played but I think the Silvertone is much cooler looking.
The guitar is 100% original and in excellent condition. It shows very minor wear and dings from the last 50 years of use but overall it's incredibly clean. There is one minor scrap on the upper side of the body towards neck pickup. It has a beautiful flamed, curly maple body with mahogany sides. The pickups give a great blues-jazz range with the neck being full sounding and the bridge gritty and more twangy. The neck is thick both in width and depth. The tuners are Klusons. It includes the original case which is in good condition but it has been glued on the inside. The brown "alligator-skin" (it's probably leather) case with red velvet interior differentiates the 1381 from the 1382. (Note: the lines you see across the lower portion of the body are reflections)
Here's the original description from the 1956 Sears catalog:
Slim-style Dual Pickup
Electric Guitar. Easy to hold yet wide enough to play like a conventional guitar. Select curly maple top, back with mahogany sides. Beautiful hand-polished finish. 2 built-in pickups. Volume and tone control. 3-way selector switch enables use of upper, lower or both pickups at once.
40 1/4 x 15 in. size. Incl. pick, 9 1/2-ft. cord, home study book. Wt. 11lbs.
57 G 01381L--$10.00 down, $9 monthly on Terms....Cash $98.95
57 G 01382L--with case. Shpg. wt. 19 lbs. $11 down, $9 monthly on Terms....Cash $108.95
Item #: k2004
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