Kay Reissue BARNEY KESSEL Jazz Special Guitar K8700V

Designed in 1956, Kay is the only Guitar Company endorsed with Barney Kessel’s signature. The K8700V Jazz Special is a full 17” wide body. That rich, warm, full body depth is what the discerning Soloist, Blues Guitarist and Jazz Virtuoso have been searching for.
Barney Kessel played Kay performing live in concert and in TV appearances. The Jazz Special was reissued in response to player’s requests for this highly praised and limited instrument from the 1950’s.

* Bundle the matching hardshell case, a $249 value, for only $99.99 with purchase of this guitar!

About This Guitar:
This guitar features a full-sized jazz body... 17" wide and 2 5/8" deep. Short 24 3/4" scale for fast fingering and easy playing... same electronic equipment as the Artist and Pro. Semi-solid construction assures "solid body" ruggedness and "acoustical guitar" response and tone quality.

Available in Natural Blonde and Tobacco Sunburst.

* Body: 17" wide, single-cutaway, arched top hollow body
* Back: Parabolic arched flame maple
* Sides: Flame maple (2 5/8" Deep)
* Top: 3-ply spruce laminate
* Purfling: 4-ply black and white celluloid binding, top and back
* Pick Guard: Silver-backed acrylic with gold leaf Barney Kessel signature and "Kelvonator" Chevron
* Neck: Set cantilevered dovetail, one-piece, straight-grained Canadian maple with single-ply binding
* Frets: 22 medium nickel-silver
* Inlays: 10 block & Split-block pearloid
* Fingerboard: 24 3/4" scale rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
* Tuning Machines: Genuine Grover "Imperial", 3 per side, chrome with chrome buttons
* Bridge and Tailpiece: Chrome individual saddle-style mounted bridge with height adjustment thumbwheels, rosewood base and unique chrome "art deco" trapeze tailpiece
* Top Nut: Bone
* Headstock: Original 3-D raised gold "K" chevron on a gold dot white luncheonette "Full Kel-von-a-tor" headstock face
* Finish Coat: High-gloss polyester protective polymer

* Pickups: 2 Kessel "Kleenex Box" Gold K Series single-coil with adjustable pole pieces
* Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle selector
* Knobs: Transparent Amber. 2 volume, 2 tone, custom "Radio" reflector
* Output Jack: Side-mounted

Product Specs

Brand New (New)
Barney Kessel Jazz Special K8700V
Tobacco Sunburst
Hollow Body

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