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KAY’S FLAGSHIP MODEL “a good example can sound as good as many a non-cutaway (Gibson)L-5." And this one is a very good example. So, here’s a chance to get a guitar that compares to an L-5 for a fraction of the price. 1948 – ’49 ENCORE Electric Archtop Jumbo Guitar This is a very rare KAY ENCORE manufactured by the Kay Musical Instrument Company. Limited numbers were produced from 1948 through 1951. The ENCORE was KAY’s electric version of their K-48 Artist. The K-48 was Kay's answer to the Gibson L-5 and Epiphone Deluxe. The guitar featured a solid handcarved spruce top, flamed maple back and sides as well as an ebony fretboard and bridge. The body was bound both front and back with 3 ply cream/black binding. The headstock sported top of the line Kluson tuners. The jumbo 17” bout contributes to it’s resonant harmonic huge voice. These guitars have a wider Eq spectrum, as the larger the guitar, the wider the range of vibration frequency that the top of the soundboard is capable of resonating. Being rather rare, there is not much documentation on the Encore model, but it’s non-electric sister K-48 was summed up by Jay Scott in his book – 50's Cool: Kay Guitars: "A thick carved, solid spruce top, flamed maple back, sides and neck, scads of cream and black celluloid binding, a Gibson Super 400-style ebony fretboard with real mother-of-pearl fingerboard split-block motif highlight the K-48. Chrome plated Kluson tuners, as used on the era's very best archtops. and a large extension tailpiece reminicsent of that used on the gibson ES-300, emphasize the guitar's quality. The Artist model K-48 was not an archtop to be trifled with and a good example can sound as good as many a non-cutaway L-5." Crafted by E.O., whose initials are on the inside back. K1608568 This guitar is in stellar condition. No cracks or separations. Binding tight & sound; given it’s age it must have been well treated & properly stored. Straight neck. It plays well. It has a standard ¼” jack. Gig-bag included. Considering the rareness lends to a lack of documentation or many other photos of this particular model, I’m providing links to the one found and also to similar guitars: https://reverb.com/item/1342704-kay-hollowbody-archtop-custom-order-1937-sunburst-flamed-maple?_aid=pla¤cy=USD&pla=1&gclid=CjwKEAiAtf6zBRDS0oCLrL37gFUSJACr2JYb18ey-U2U8LkQi1-T8rXd0Hh75G7WV-abY3BhRhVN2hoCeq3w_wcB http://www.vintagearchtop.com/47_kay_k48.htm https://reverb.com/item/416876-kay-encore-1940-s-brown

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