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Kay acoustic archtops were generally designed for the budget market in the post-World War II years. However, they did make several models of professional quality archtops - 4 non-cutaway and 2 cutaway. The K-44 model was fourth in this line with a solid carved spruce top and laminated maple back and sides. Still, it provided a good sounding alternative to the much more expensive 17 inch Gibson and Epiphone archtops. Like all archtops, this one has the less common blonde (natural) finish.

KAY K-44 (1956)

Body:  Hollow; solid 1-piece spruce top, laminated 1-piece figured maple back, and laminated figured maple sides, double bound top, single bound back

Finish:  Natural, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece maple, set-in; single bound headstock with engraved celluloid overlay

Fingerboard:  Brazilian rosewood, single bound; pearloid "W" markers

Number of Frets:  19

Pickguard:  White, plastic

Bridge:  Brazilian rosewood on rosewood base with nickel trapeze tailpiece

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:   Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  None

Controls:  None

Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 1/2 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  17 1/4 inches

Body Depth:  3 1/2 inches

Weight:  n/a

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