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Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# 528022
OVERVIEW

Re-create the sounds of the early rock and blues masters with this reissue.

The K161 Kay Thin Twin electric guitar was originally introduced in 1952 and was known as the "Jimmy Reed" or "Howlin' Wolf" model. T-Bone Burnett played a Thin Twin to back up Robert Plant and Allison Krause at the 2009 Grammy Awards. The Thin Twin was the first guitar able to create that unique blues sound from the special Kay interior bracing that made the instrument a favorite among blues players as well as rockers of the '50s and '60s.

The Thin Twin got its name from its two blade pickups, known for their distinctive clean, sharp, sustaining sound. The Thin Twin's hollowbody chamber parallel bracing produces that gutsy, bluesy, raw sound, creating a clean natural distortion without feedback. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Includes case

The Thin Twin guitar has the gutsy tone you've been looking for—order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

Thin Twin Electric Guitar

  • Body: Single-cutaway, tone-chambered, hollowbody acoustic with special feedback-resistant bracing.
  • Back: Parabolic arched maple
  • Sides: Maple
  • Top: 3-ply flamed maple
  • Purfling: Multi-ply checkerboard celluloid binding
  • Neck: Set one-piece, straight-grained Canadian maple with single-ply binding
  • Frets: 20 medium nickel-silver
  • Inlays: 6 block pearloid
  • Fingerboard: 26" scale rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-style, 3 per side
  • Bridge and Tailpiece: Chrome individual saddle-style mounted bridge with height adjustment thumbwheels and chrome trapeze tailpiece
  • Top Nut: Bone
  • Headstock: Original gold chevron displaying 3-D raised "Kel-von-a-tor" style emblem
  • Finish Coat: High-gloss polyester protective polymer
  • Electronics:
  • Pickups: 2 chrome Thin Twin single-coil Blade pickups
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way bat-style toggle selector
  • Output jack: Side-mounted
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Kay Vintage Reissue GuitarsThin Twin Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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4.0

Swinging Hot Mojo

By UKNOWATT

from Mendocino Ca.

Pros

  • Sounds As Cool As It Look
  • Sounds Cool Looks Cool

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar direct from Rodger when he was first launching the new Kay Line, so I had the good fortune to have him set it up for my style of playing.
      Now When I go to my rack for a Jazz or blues/Rockabilly axe the Gretsch Duo Jet get Ignored. The Lipstick single coils have just enough bite when maxed that they drive a Tweed style fender into tone heaven roll of a little and she sings with a thick sweet tone that demands attention. the neck is all 50's era and hold tuning as well as any. I personally like the Kelvenator headstock and window dressings that are 1956 all the way. this is a great axe for the price and for a player that wants a real MOJO Vibe the looks can't be beat

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      almost a keeper

      By jv

      from cincinnati

      Pros

      • Great Playibility
      • Great Set Up Out Of Box
      • Great sound

      Cons

      • 26
      • Big Ugly Plastic Logo
      • Too Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Making music

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      i ended up sending this guitar back even though i really liked it. the deciding factor for me was the big hunk of ugly plastic on the headstock. i really enjoyed playing this guitar. it would be a dream guitar if it weighed a little less and had a shorter scale.if i had more time i would have kept it ans replaced the plastic logo with something more tasteful.

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Problems with a Kay RI Guitar...

      By Daniel Paladini

      from Unterseen, Switzerland

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      Wished I could give a 10, but the guitar was not usable the way I recieved it. 3 points for the cool looks and the nice case, good playability, also. I hope, Kay Guitars will improve their production control in the future.
      I really hate to give a bad report about a nice and special guitar like that, but I had a very disappointing experience with the Thin Twin RI: I live in Switzerland / Europe and I'm a big fan of guitars of the 50s and 60s, I also own old Kay guitars and I'm very happy with them. I bought a new Kay Thin Twin in a shop in Switzerland for about 50% of the list price. My first impression was very positive, great bluesy sound, great looks, good playability, very tasteful vintage style case. I loved this guitar all the way! Unfortunately, the neck PU went dead the 2nd day I used it. I first thought the 3 way switch was damaged, so I took off the pickguard and was very surprised: I have never seen such bad electronic ironing job all my life!!!! Who in heaven did the ironing on this guitar? I didn't wanted to give the guitar back to the shop where I bought it, because I thought it's easier to replace the electronics instead of shipping the instrument back to the states. I gave the guitar to my guit tech to replace all the wires, switch and pots. He said that beneath the bad ironing job probably the neck pickup could be the problem. Unfortunately, he was right. I wrote an email to Kay Guitars because I wanted to buy a replacement PU for my Thin Twin. I never recieved an answer (where are you guys when we need you?). So I decided to build a new pickguard and replaced the Kay PU's with DeArmonds, which is a good sounding option, but it's not the "original" Kay sound I expected from this guitar. Too bad! I will keep my hands away from the Kay RI instruments in the future, and hang on the old ones.
      As already discribed: Great looks, great case, great vintage vibe, good sound, good playability, great idea to make re-issues of the old Kays... but the electronics need a much better qualitiy control in the production process!
      Nice guitar (if you forget about the trouble with the electronics), I wished they would become cult in the future! Good luck.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Real Deal

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      i got this guitar in the cherry sunburst for Christmas and it has surpassed every other guitar I have used in my rig. If you want a vintage rock/blues sound look no further. Every show I play with it other musicians, including some big acts, come up to me asking me about it and where they can get one. It not only turns heads but it sounds terrific. I say go for it.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      100% Blues Guitar

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      I love the Kay Thin Twin Reissue! I bought the red one because M.F. had a used one. First off the brown and cream two tone arched case is really cool. Unlike some reissues, this guoitar does not just look the part. And it does! It feels, plays and sounds like the real thing. The pickups sound like they are fifty years old (in a good way). With my 6 watt VHT amp, it felt as if I had been transported to a Howlin' Wolf session at Chess Studio. I could feel the screaming sustain and the deep throated tone jumping out of the guitar. If you dig Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Pat Hare, Sonny Boy, Tiny Grimes etc this is the guitar you've got to have!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprisingly Good!

      By lifebehindglass

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      Had a chance to play one of these beasties at a local shop, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The guitar felt very well constructed, it was a little bit heavy, but overall it seemed to be built quite well, which is always a concern with import guitars. But the body was incredibly resonant, and even unplugged it sounded great. Surprisingly loud all by itself as well! Didn't have much time to mess with the pickup settings, but there seemed to be a good range of tones available. Having seen T-bone Burnett's performance, and now having played it, i gotta say... i really want one!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mojo Monster

      By Joey-HVh.x

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      I have had this for just about three weeks and I really like it. My primary guitar is a 52 Reissue Hot Rod Telecaster. Being a huge Jimmy Reed fan I had to have this. It sounds and feels great. Neck is thick but not too thick. Pickups are hot single coils. The guitar is made in China but I could not find any flwas worth mentioning.

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      4.0

      Great roots guitar

      By Indra57

      from Decatur, IL

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      I have the Kay Thin Twin in blonde. The guitar is beautifully finished, has a wonderfully finished neck and frets, and a distinctive tone. Right now I'm playing it through a Vox AC15, but will probably look for a Tweed amp at some point. The pickups are very distinctive tone-wise, and they are very low output. The other distinguishing characteristic is the sustain, mostly attributable to the body bracing.The only concerns - tuners feel cheap and there is a sheilding problem, noticable when static electricy builds up. Those of you with small hands, note that the 26" scale really does make a difference.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jimmy Reed's Guitar

      By Joey-HVh.x

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about Kay Vintage Reissue Guitars Thin Twin Electric Guitar:

      So I have had this guitar for about two weeks. I ordered it before they had them in stock so I got one from the first batch. Mine is blonde with the over the top pickguard. It is not perfect, but it plays much better than any vintage Kay. The frets are more vintage style than Jumbo. Is seem to be well put together. A few small finish flaws, no big deal. A USA made Gibson has them too. The pickguard does not lay flat. Made in China. Now the good news. It plays really, really well and it sounds very good through both my 57 Reissue Fender Amp and my Carr Hammerhead. Hot, gritty sound if you push the single coils hard. It is not a light guitar and I think that helps the tone. Very full, not thin. Very kool guitar! I would buy it again. The hard case is really nice.

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