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Kay Lark Junior Archtop Guitar - Rare 1930's Blues Classic - 3 F Holes -Chicago

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    Lark Junior archtop guitar, made by Kay Musical Co. out of Chicago, circa 1938.  --  This guitar has had some serious repairs - there was one long split that went from one side to the other - along with a big transverse dent near the bottom - bass side.  --   The bottom fretboard binding has been replaced - along with a small piece of body binding.  All the repairs were made with high quality hide glue.
   The f- holes were also in bad shape when I got it - so I stained the edges and smoothed them out a little.  Both of the larger f-holes have irregular shapes now - these could be sanded or routed later to match. -- I also filled in the peg hole on the bottom and put on a pair of nickel strap buttons.
     The bridge is original and the tuning pegs are new.  The musical note shaped fret markers and headstock letters are insets made from abalone.   Models from the 1940's all had maple sides and necks but I'm pretty sure that this is not maple.  Acoustically, it has a lot more depth than what came out of the later Larks - louder - longer sustain - maybe because of the cool 3rd f-hole.
     This is a rare relic player with a big sound - light - easy to hold, and plays all the way down the fingerboard with no buzzes or dead spots.

Ships in a hardshell case. 
The string height is 1/8" at the 12th fret.
Length     -     41" Depth       -      4" Scale         -    25 3/8"
Upper Bout    11 3/8" Lower Bout    15 3/4" Weight  -   5 lbs

Product Specs

Listed4 years ago
ConditionFair (Used)
Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more
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  • United States

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