This Old Kraftsman model K161 guitar was built by the Kay Musical Instrument Company for the Spiegel Company. Another version was produced for Sears with the Silvertone brand name (model 1381).
The model K161 was manufactured between 1952-1959. It was introduced by Kay shortly after Gibson's introduction of the Les Paul. The The "Thin Twin" designation refers to the dual, blade single coil, high-output pickups. The guitar has a thin body for its day, measuring 2 3/4" in depth.
It is a semi-hollow body guitar without F-holes. It its often associated with bluesman Jimmy Reed, who played one and featured it on his album cover. This model was also favored by Howlin' Wolf's guitarist Hubert Sumlin, as well as producer T-Bone Burnett.
The guitar features a higly flamed tortoiseshell pickguard, 4 cupcake knobs (2 volume, 2 tone), original rosewood bridge, chrome tailpiece, Kluson strip tuners, flamed maple top and back finished in natural, and dark brown mahogany sides and neck. The neck is chunky and has a 25 3/4" scale length.
The K161 was a top of the line electric guitar in its day, and featured numerous innovations for its time. The guitar's pickups produce a clean, bright, sustaining sound, with a wonderful natural sounding distortion. I really like this guitar when played with a slide.
This particular instrument is completely crack free. It has some scratches and small dings, but none of these flaws detract from the overall appearance of this guitar. A newer hard shell case is included.