The Bluesbox Collection

Kay Kraft Venetian Model - Style A (c.1933)

The back and sides are made from highly figured, fiddleback mahogany, which designates this one as a "Style A" (Styles B and C used maple and rosewood, respectively). The sides are similarly flamed. The neck is also maple, and is the only part of the instrument I left black. I installed a set of Kluson knock-off tuners. The neck attachment is a wonder! This curved bushing allows the neck angle to be adjusted, by loosening a giant wingnut accessable through the sound hole. The peg head is faced with simulated mother of pearl (sometimes referred to as "mother of toilet seat" by collectors) and trimmed with gold stencil, which has faded away to some extent. One of the interesting things about this guitar is that it is the only arch top I own that has a twelve-fret neck. This gives it a "Maccafferri-like" tone - very brassy with a lot of punch.

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