Those old Kay and Harmony necks were quite narrow. They made more guitars than anything else because they needed to compete in a big market and the market of cheap, poorly made guitars was a big market. However, there were truss rod and neck issues. And, the friction fifth peg is a difficult little piece of hardware that we don't need to suffer any more. Hardware top of the line. It was in good shape - the neck was straight and the action was low, and all the wood parts and the finish were solid and didn't need any attention. I also have a Kay bass.
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Rocket Science Banjo, Chapters 1 - 4. The made the Mayflower line of guitars, banjos and mandolins. They are in a different class. I always check and often oil open gears when I'm restringing instruments, because they are so often neglected. I assume it is from the 1950's. Valued among collectors, the headstocks from 1957-1960 featured a reverse painted plastic overlay similar to the logo. As it stands, this banjo was actually unplayable.
Banjo signed his first professional contract on November 23, 2016, joining side ahead of their 2017 season. At first a drum company they, they jumped on the Tenor Banjo boom of the early twenties. The more upscale companies, Bacon, Gibson, Epiphone et,al, did design there own proprietary parts, but they too bought from jobbers. Do not touch the screw in the neck heel -- when you loosen the big nut, you will discover that the inside bolt is loose -- that's on purpose and trying to tighten the neck screw can ruin the neck. The fifth string nut is just a simple round head slotted screw. No Mastertone, of course, but it sounded surprisingly good! Without it, the repair cost would have been prohibitive This big coupling nut tightens the neck against the shell. More pictures of the converted banjo on my home page.
As used on Cole and other banjos. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. I hope anyone considering this banjo will keep that in mind. In 1967, Kay was resold and merged with , but dissolved in 1968 due to financial problems. If it moves, oil it.
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They manufactured guitars, ukes, mandolins and banjos. I did the same at the nut, , and angling the cuts back toward the tuners. It would be a heavy understatement to say that the action had crept up over the years. My first banjo was a entry level Morelli bluegrass banjo and I've played my instructor's Gibson Mastertone. I think this thread could turn out to be very useful - there are way more old Kays out there than probably any other brand, and they do play a part in the history of most banjo players. My grandpa gave it to me way back when.
In 1930 they began the Kay-kraft line, named after Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer, then secretary-treasurer of the company. To Order Call us at 304-636-6710. Well I was inthralled an hypnotized to it. In 1931 the company was renamed Kay when Henry became President of the firm. It consists of two major units -- an electro-magnetic pick-up and amplifying unit. I find it convenient to stick the appropriate bridge way down at the end of the shell where the tailpiece mounts.
And, the nice ebony topped bridge coaxed a bit more high end response out of this modest instrument. That's a pretty active imagination ya have there. Now, the banjo has very reasonable action. Kay then began selling mid-priced instruments to Sears. Blue Book of Acoustic Guitar Values. Kay was founded in 1890 as the Groehsl Company. Once the nut was loose, I was able to rock the neck backward to the correct angle for reasonable action.