Kay Vintage Reissue Series: Thin Twin Electric
First introduced in 1952, the six string, Kay Thin Twin Electric
Guitar, was an instant hit with blues players in the Chicago area,
and soon became known as the Jimmy Reid or Howlin' Wolf model, and
to this day, remains a favourite by many guitarists, session
players and collectors.
During the 1950's and 60's, the Kay Musical Instrument Company
sold guitars in enormous quantities, fuelling teenage fantasies
around the world, and in hindsight, are arguably accountable for
single-handedly creating the vast America guitar market.
Built as close as possible to the original specifications, the
Kay Vintage Reissue Series feeds the lust for collectors and
players of all ages, offering an opportunity to own an authentic
representation of one of the world's most popular instruments in
the history of the electric guitar.
The Kay Thin Twin Electric Guitar features the same distinct,
single cutaway, triple-chambered hollow body design. Maple is
employed maple for the arched back, sides and 3 ply flamed top,
offset with multi-ply checkerboard celluloid binding.
The Thin Twin got its name from its two Blade pickups, known for
their distinctive clean, sharp, sustaining sound and, with its own
interior special feedback-resistant bracing, was the first guitar
able to create that bluesy raw, with a clean natural distortion
The same bracing system and pickups in chrome covers are also
included within the Vintage Reissue Series, with individual volume
and tone controls, and a 3-way bat-style selector switch. Hardware
includes individual chromed saddle-style mounted bridge with height
adjustments, and a chrome trapeze tailpiece. The one-piece,
Canadian maple set neck features a 20 fret, bound rosewood
fingerboard, with pearloid block position markers.
A far cry from just another mass produced vintage looking
guitar, the Kay Vintage Reissue Series successfully duplicates the
original 50's models, within feel, playability and the legendary
Kay sound. Complete with the company's gold chevron, flagship
headstock design, displaying 3-D raised "Kel-von-a-tor" style
emblem, to this day, the Kay Thin Twin Electric Guitar is probably
one of the coolest looking guitars ever made.