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Special thanks is extended to Michael Wright, Michael Lee Allen, George Manno and Michael Newton for the work they did in putting together a six-part series on Kay Guitars in "Vintage Guitar Magazine." Also referenced was the work of J.Scott, "50's Cool Kay Guitars" and a book written by Raymond Elgar entitled, "Introduction to the Double Bass." George Gruhn and Walter Carter were very helpful, as was their book "Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars." "American Guitars" written by Tom Wheeler was helpful.
The earliest basses may also have been named Kay, Kay Kraft, Old Kraftsman, Kraftsmen, Kustom Kraft, Custom Kraft, K-Kraft, Kay-Meyer, or K-Meyer.Recent registrations indicate S model basses were made prior to 1940 for popular people.One of the basses registered was made in 1938, an S-6, and was apparently made for Bob Wills.There are now many Orchestra Models in the database.Some of these say Orchestra on the tag which is glued to the inside back; some are designated (0-1); some are designated (0-100 or 0-100B). The (0) in (0-100 or 100B) may mean (Orchestra-100 or 100B).
As years went on, Kay made numerous models depending on the customer's requirements. There were many variations featured, from thin bodies, inlaid purfling, and 1/3 smaller bodies to bound f-holes, 5 string basses and nickel plated metal parts.