Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..

A really cool and extremely well playing 1955 Kay built Silvertone Thin Twin Guitar with the original Softshell Case for it ..This is the second no logo Thin Twin we have had. The other was 5 years ago and was Kay model. You can tell them apart by the Pickguards. Kay’s have a tortoise look guard while the Silvertones have the white guard with Medallion.

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No dating to tell the year. The pots had no dating imprinted. These guitars were made from 1954 thru 1958. We are calling it a 1955 just because...

What a find. This guitar, is mostly all original. The Silvertone Medallion adorned Pickguard is completely intact, no cracks, and the pickups sound amazing…Original knobs, single line Kluson Tuners , tailpiece and knobs. WOW! We had to rewire it as the wiring was shot. We left the original tuner buttons and one replaced tuner button on the tuners..they will have to be replaced sometime. We also left on the original nut. We filled the slots and made it work great. It will also have to be replaced eventually. The original pickguard was totally gassed off but we had an original to replace it with. It looks beautiful.

Jeff the Tech did a fantastic job setting this ole timer up...What a pleasure to play. Nice beefy thick neck makes this guitar feel like playing Blues all nite on it. I love this guitar. It has a 25 3/4 inch scale neck with the nut measuring 1 11/16th inch. A big beefy neck on this beauty!

The pickups are incredible. Dark dark blues from the neck pickup, slightly out of phase with both, and screaming lead tones from the bridge. These pickups are very very strong. You will love them… The original frets still have plenty of life in them. See pics.. The guitar has dings and scratches as expected on a 1955 guitar. It has nothing but superficial items breaks or other items to disclose.

Heres some info I found on the net regarding these cool guitars made by Kay for Silvertone..

The Kay ThinTwin guitar. The Kay K-161 ThinTwin electric guitar made from 1952 to 1959, was one of the longest produced guitars by Kay Musical Instrument Company. The K161 Thin-Twin was commonly referred to as the "Jimmy Reed” guitar. Introduced not long after Gibson’s Les Paul, the ThinTwin was a semi-hollow body guitar and larger than its name "thin" implied. The guitar's body was 2 3⁄4 inches (70 mm) deep. "ThinTwin" was a reference to the unique appearance of the dual pickups, having a very slim profile.

Model 1381/1369 "Thin Twin" Manufactured by Kay was available from the Spring/Summer Sears catalog of 1954 through the Fall/Winter version going into early 1958. In the Spring/Summer catalog of 1957, the model number changed to 1369, and that number lasted until the retirement of the model in early 1958, being available in the Fall/Winter 1957 catalog.

This guitar is awesome. Plays great, sounds amazing and has an original Kay case…The guitar came in a homemade wood case that I just can't bring myself to ship it in...We have had this cool original Thin Twin Case for awhile and decided its the proper guitar for it... The case is as nice as the guitar. Its been around, but all latches, hinges and original handle are still here …very nice. Love the red plush interior.

This guitar is very cool but vintage and used. Its sold as-is no returns. Thanks for repecting that.

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Listed7 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Model 1381 Kay Made Jimmy Reed Thin Twin Pro Setup Original Soft Shell Case
  • 1955
Made In
  • United States
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway

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