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by sklines » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:43 pm

Hello all
I have a couple of unique Airline-branded archtop that perhaps someone here knows something about.
I do know they were Kay-built, somewhere in the late 50's, early 60's.
I have yet to find any promo materials or vintage catalog photos. They seem to be sort of rare, although the black and white model pops up occasionally.
Thank you!
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by VintAxe » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:57 am

Interesting guitars sklines. They look like Kay budget archtops with some atomic bling. We might be able to date them based on headstock shape if you want to add a picture.
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by sklines » Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:28 pm

Closest I've been able to figure is late 50's early 60's. I've looked for Wards catalog scans from that period (even on Vintaxe- they don't seem to have those years) to no avail.
The truss rod was added last year, along with a refret, new bridge and neck reset. The black and white is getting the same treatment now. Thank you!
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by VintAxe » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:15 pm

I think you are right on the date range sklines.

Compare your instrument to the K6858 (1957-1968) at this link:
http://kayvintagereissue.com/pdf/1959catalog.pdf

Also notice the angular pickguard on the electric K4144.

Nothing definitive, but your Airline appears to be a member of this tribe. :wink:
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by sklines » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:38 pm

Thank you! I'm sure someone, somewhere will have the definitive answer!
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