This is one of the more
rare models and it's been restored to faithful original condition. It was a
real basket case when I got it but I was thrilled to find the neck block and
all the critical parts present and repairable. I never realized how much
work this one would end up being but I learned many things about these
interesting historical guitars. There was a huge variety of them as you can
see in my article on 1930s Kay Kraft. This particular model had the most
notable use in the early blues recordings of artists such as Curley Weaver,
Buddy Moss and Joshua White. The Recording King was a special edition of
these that was probably sold in limited numbers and featured all trimmings
including a 14 fret fingerboard, bursted finish, pickguard and mother of
pearloid head stock and a gold leaf design. This guitar has an instantly
recognizable sound that brings your mind back to the old 78 rpm records.
It's just a very unique and special guitar.
One of the most
difficult tasks I had was recreating a black dyed mahogany shim that goes
into the neck block area which is the heart of the system. The necks are
adjustable on this model with a huge wing nut located inside the guitar.
Here are some photos of the completed guitar. This guitar plays like a new
one now but it feels and looks like a museum piece. A true time machine.
Listen to the video and I'll explain more about the guitar and play it for
VIDEO #1 DEMO - Standard Tuning
#2 DEMO - Open G Tuning
You can tell in these
recordings how these guitars eat up a microphone and sound even louder
because they are projecting forward. That is something very special about
this guitar and probably one reason it made a great recording guitar in the
1930s for companies like "Perfect Race Records" and others. Keep in mind in
the video I have the action set very low for easy play but you can easily
adjust the action any way you like it.