Silvertone Aristocrat 1959

Silvertone Aristocrat 1959


Manufactured in the USA by the Kay company for the Sears catalog, the Aristocrat is essentially one of Kay's high end Upbeat models (very similar to Kay's Barney Kessel in fact), yet featuring the "Speed Bump" chrome topped pickups popular on many of Kay's other models. This archtop features a full 17" lower bout, spruce top and figured curly maple back and sides, with a gorgeous, unfaded red sunburst finish. The tone is nuanced and warm, with a percussive quality that adds definition to single note lines and complex Jazz chords.

The neck has a generous chunky C shaped profile with 1 11/16" nut width, and the profile is firmly in "baseball bat" territory, filling the palm and chording very comfortably. The rosewood fretboard sports pearl block inlays and original frets that show very little wear, with their full original height and well rounded crowns. Kay used a surprisingly robust fretwire for a guitar made in the '50s, and these particular frets have a bit more width than you usually see in this era, playing cleanly up the neck with no buzzing or dead spots. 

Comes with original case that is missing the handle. 

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