American Gothic

August 2011

T-Bone Burnett playing his beautiful original 1955 Kay K-161 Thin-Twin, usually to be called “Jimmy Reed” model

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After garnering considerable buzz in late 2008, Kay’s K161 Kay Thin Twin Reissues are now casually swinging through Europe and around the world. There are some pics and sounds below…

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The Thin Twin was the first guitar to be able to create that unique blues sound from the special interior Kay bracing which made this instrument a favorite among blues players and both emerging and famous rockers of the ’50s and ’60s. The name “Thin Twin” referred to the two blade pickups, providing a clean, sharp biting sustaining sound unlike any instrument made. The Thin Twin’s unique body is hollow acoustic type, with special feedback-resistant chamber parallel bracing, parabolic arched maple back, maple sides and 3-ply curly or flamed maple top. Although the purchase may appear a bit hit and miss (due to the varying quality of each particular guitar being produced in China), this instrument is a plain beauty and undoubtedly sounds like nothing else out there.

Kay K-161 Thin Twin Reissue

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