Monday, July 12, 2010

Old Kraftsman Barney Kessel Triple in Cinicinatti (Northern KY) for $350

I just highlighted a Blonde Maple versions of this same guitar that was $500 and now here is a RED one with a Bigsby for only $350 - Cripes!  These are so cool looking and not a very common guitar.  The Old Kraftsman (i.e. Spiegel Catalog) logo reduces the collector factor a smudge but these are more "fetish" guitars than serious collectibles anyway.  The playability of these is a bit suspect - I wouldn't attempt to do a whole set with one unless you are a setup wizard - but they are soo cool to have on the stand behind you and to use for one or two songs in a set (just like having a real Dano or vintage Silvertone back there).  the Kleenex box pickups make this more desireable than one with speedbump pickups (at least IMHO).  

Oh and look... it's red!


Vintage Old Kraftsman Semi-hollow Body Guitar - $350 (NKY)


Date: 2010-07-11, 10:37PM EDT

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Vintage Old Kaftsman semi-hollow body guitar; double cut-away, triple pick-ups and a flaming red finish. I bought this guitar in a pawn shop in the early 80's because it looks so friggin' cool, although I never really played it that much. I have no idea how old it is and I've never seen another like it. It is similar to a Kay Speed Demon (circa1964) but with different pick-ups, headstock and a Bigsby-style tremelo.

The body is in good shape with a few of the usual minor dings...the only decent scratch is on the back and less than 3/4" (looks white in the photo). All the pick-ups work and the action is totally playable, although the neck and intonation need a little adjusting.

Location: NKY  

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