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    Date, condition, suggested stringing - all thoughts welcome.
    A little background - I own it; it's been sitting around in its (non-original) case for years; the cracks in back seem stable; any suggestions for restoring the pickguard to its original pearloidescence?.

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    Looks like I'm going to set a record for Most Views Without A Reply. (856 so far.)
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    Iíll bite: 1920-1930s. (I know they brought back the Venetian shape for mandolins in the 1950s or 60s, but I donít think they did tenors that way again, or at least not with pearloid.)

    CGDA would be nice (itís what it was built for). Iíd use light strings, 32, 20, 14, 9? Jake Wildwood has a page where he talks about the best gauges for various string lengths on wine guitars. I canít remember, is this a 21Ē or a 23Ē scale?

    I donít have much experience with the pearloid stuff - you might have better luck with that question in the builders forum?

    Cool guitar Though! Iíve always liked that shape.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on this old Kay?

    I don't know what is going on with the pickguard but I would concentrate on getting the cracks fixed and the thing strung up and playable first. Unless the cellulid is about to explode, I would not worry about it. It has aged naturally.
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    Default Re: Your thoughts on this old Kay?

    One last question: are those nylon strings on it now?

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    Venetian! I was blanking out on the term & it was driving me crazy.

    Light plain strings (all unwound) at the moment. I have a D'Addario EJ66 set I'm planning to use (80/20 bronze, 10-14-22w-32). That shouldn't stress it too much. The scale is 23".

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    I second the recommendation by Mr. Garber to attend to the back cracks and leave the pearloid pickguard as is. In fact, I kinda' like the patina. Very cool guitar. It's a design that appeals to me and is very different.

    All unwound strings? How does it sound?
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    Default Re: Your thoughts on this old Kay?

    Hang on, didn't you people get the memo? We were just going to view this message not answer it. You had one job.
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    I like the old banjo headstock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Hang on, didn't you people get the memo? We were just going to view this message not answer it. You had one job.
    It's okay. I blew my attempt for the record by replying to myself.

    Anyhow, I have to confess I prefer answers!

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on this old Kay?

    Oh I duno, but it looks "old-kay" to me....

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