1945 – 1946 Kay Imperial Archtop Acoustic Guitar ALL ORIGINAL Exc + Orig Case

1945 – 1946 Kay Imperial Archtop Acoustic Guitar ALL ORIGINAL Exc + Orig Case

This beauty was made right at the tail-end of World War II in Chicago. This is a 1945 or 1946 Kay Imperial archtop acoustic guitar with serial number 795. Kay made this model only in those two years. It is in all-original condition, with original finish and hardware.
 
Kay had a bunch of high-end guitar models, and this is definitely one of them. It has a solid carved spruce top and an incredible flame-maple back. The bindings are very interesting, because it actually has two bindings. The outer binding is white and the inner binding is tortoise-shell style. The top and bottom boards have both sets of bindings, as well as the f-holes and fretboard. The double bindings gives the guitar a more elegant overall look.
 
The headstock is highly unusual and rare. It has a layer of tortoise-shell style celluloid with a mini binding along its edge. Wow!
 
It seems that Kay made at least two variations of the Imperial guitar. This is certainly the higher-end model. The custom-looking headstock, the double bindings, the diamond-shaped dot inlays, the rosewood fretboard, the carved spruce top, and the five-part neck speak of a higher quality instrument.
 
The guitar has an amazing full sound that comes from it’s beautiful design and construction, its solid woods, and its large (near jumbo) size.
 
A vintage case is included with the guitar. I cannot guarantee that it is original or not, but it is an older chip-board style case.
 
Condition:
This guitar is in very good to excellent condition and everything is all original. 
  • There are minor scuffs, light scratches and nicks on the body (front, back and sides).
  • There is a minor nick at the top of the headstock. 
  • The frets are narrow and thin, and in great condition. 
  • The neck is fairly straight. 
  • Newer pickguard.
  • Light tarnish on the tailpiece.
Dimensions:
  • Nut width: 42.7mm or 1 11/16″
  • Scale (nut to bridge length): 25 3/4″
  • Action:
  • Overall width: 16 7/8″
  • Overall depth: 3 3/8″
  • Overall length: 42 5/8″
  • Fretboard radius:
We are now using more recycled packing material in all of our guitar shipments!

 

Free shipping in the United States. Please feel free to ask questions.

Stand in the pictures is not for sale.

Description

This beauty was made right at the tail-end of World War II in Chicago. This is a 1945 or 1946 Kay Imperial archtop acoustic guitar with serial number 795. Kay made this model only in those two years. It is in all-original condition, with original finish and hardware. Kay had a bunch of high-end guitar models, and this is definitely one of them. It has a solid carved spruce top and an incredible flame-maple back. The bindings are very interesting, because it actually has two bindings. The outer binding is white and the inner binding is tortoise-shell style. The top and bottom boards have both sets of bindings, as well as the f-holes and fretboard. The double bindings gives the guitar a more elegant overall look. The headstock is highly unusual and rare. It has a layer of tortoise-shell style celluloid with a mini binding along its edge. Wow! It seems that Kay made at least two variations of the Imperial guitar. This is certainly the higher-end model. The custom-looking headstock, the double bindings, the diamond-shaped dot inlays, the rosewood fretboard, the carved spruce top, and the five-part neck speak of a higher quality instrument. The guitar has an amazing full sound that comes from it’s beautiful design and construction, its solid woods, and its large (near jumbo) size. A vintage case is included with the guitar. I cannot guarantee that it is original or not, but it is an older chip-board style case. Condition:This guitar is in very good to excellent condition and everything is all original.

  • There are minor scuffs, light scratches and nicks on the body (front, back and sides).
  • There is a minor nick at the top of the headstock.
  • The frets are narrow and thin, and in great condition.
  • The neck is fairly straight.
  • Newer pickguard.
  • Light tarnish on the tailpiece.

Dimensions:

  • Nut width: 42.7mm or 1 11/16″
  • Scale (nut to bridge length): 25 3/4″
  • Action:
  • Overall width: 16 7/8″
  • Overall depth: 3 3/8″
  • Overall length: 42 5/8″
  • Fretboard radius:

We are now using more recycled packing material in all of our guitar shipments!

Free shipping in the United States. Please feel free to ask questions.

Stand in the pictures is not for sale.

Additional information

Brand

Kay

Model

Imperial

Year

1945

Return Policy

Overview

Our refund and returns policy lasts 14 days. If 14 days have passed since your purchase, we can’t offer you a full refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it and it must be returned within 14 days of your purchase. It must also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted:

    • Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error.

    • Any item that is returned more than 14 days after delivery

Refunds

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.

If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days. There will be a 3% return fee deducted from the original amount. For example, if the purchase price was $100, you will receive $97. 

Late or missing refunds

If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.

Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.

Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.

If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us.

Sale items

Only regular priced items may be refunded. Sale items cannot be refunded.

Exchanges

Exchanges are not offered on returns.

Shipping returns

To return your product, you should mail your product to the address on your product box, or contact us for a return address.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable.

Shipping insurance must be obtained on returned items. You may want to consider using a service that offers shipment tracking.

We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

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Shipping Info (Free Shipping)

FREE SHIPPING IS AVAILABLE ON THIS ITEM.

All sold guitars are handled and shipped within 2 days of purchase. For most deliveries in the United States, we use UPS.

Packing process:

  • Guitar is inspected
  • Strings loosened
  • Neck and head wrapped and supported
  • Body wrapped and supported
  • Inserted into guitar case (if sold with guitar)
  • Inserted into box
  • Taped/sealed
  • UPS pickup