Kay K1700 Barney Kessel Pro Sunburst 1959 with "Kelvinator" Headstock

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Original everything minus the strings (AND MAYBE TUNERS, i'm not sure there is a box with tuners that are exactly the same) 

kelvinator headstock 

Comes with aftermarket case and hang tags 

Action is a little high and needs to be set up by a good professional. 
Please message with any questions. 


Here we have a 1950s Kay Barney Kessel Pro (K1700). This is not the reissue model. This is the real thing. In very good to excellent condition with a few chips and dings, a small patch at the back. This guitar looks marvelous with its Art Deco “Kelvinator” headstock and signature pickguard.

Basic Specs: Grover Sta-Tite tuners. 1 11/16 inch Bone nut. Maple neck with a 24.5 inch scale length. Neck depth is .80 inches at the first fret and 1.06 inches at the twelfth fret. Bound Rosewood fingerboard with 18 frets which have been professionally replaced. Two original “Kleenex Box” single coil pickups. Adjustable Rosewood bridge with bone saddle. Trapeze tailpiece.


Year: 1950s

Make: Kay

Model: Barney Kessel Pro (K1700)

Serial: 1202

Finish: Sunburst

Case: Newer Hardshell Case

Weight: 5 pounds 13 ounces

Condition: Very Good to Excellent Vintage Condition (with a few small dings and chips)

Comments: This guitar had me with its "Kelvinator" headstock alone.

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Listed2 months ago
ConditionMint (Used)
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