Help identifying an old archtop!

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  1. thenexum

    thenexum Member

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    Hey everyone, I need help identifying this guitar. I recently got the body in pristine condition for free, so I was wondering if it'd be worth seeking out the neck/other parts to fix the thing up. I've looked through tons of Kay/Harmony/Supertone/etc. pictures trying to find this one, but no luck.

    Here are pictures from a listing of the exact same guitar, luckily, this guy has the neck so we can see what it looks like. The neck has single dot inlays on 3,5,7,9, and 12. It has a truss rod, cheaper style tailpiece, his serial inside is L 3600 (mine is a similar L serial number) Any help is appreciated!



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  2. omfg51

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    Tried to fix, didn't work.

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  3. omfg51

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    Looks to be an old Harmony Broadway.
    My bandmate owns one of these.

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  4. Sweetfinger

    Sweetfinger Supporting Member

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    The truss cover says "Kay" to me. Most of those Harmonys didn't have adjustable rods and the ones that did had different covers. If the machine heads are Klusons, it's surely a Kay.
     
  5. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    It's definitely a Kay. The body shape, the f-holes, the headstock shape - all typical post-War Kay.
     
  6. thenexum

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    Thanks sweetfinger. I was leaning that way as well, if nothing but due to the truss cover. Here is a picture of the heads:

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    omfg51, at first I thought it could've been a broadway, but it definitely isn't. They have many dissimilarities.
     
  7. thenexum

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    Well, thanks to that small nudge, I think I just found it. Kay Truetone from the 50's. Does that sound about right?
     
  8. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    Truetone was a brand owned by Western Auto (yup, an auto parts chain that sold guitars). Their 1964 catalog shows what is probably the same model (labeled E, the Super Auditorium Imperial):

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    However, without a logo, we can't rule out that it was sold as the Kay or Airline equivalent.
     
  9. thenexum

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    Great post nmiller, that is indeed it. I was able to find another one with the original pickguard with that Western Auto music note and all; exact match in every way.
     

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