The Silvertone - Kay K22 Jumbo guitar is finished, so I took advantage of a rare day of warm-ish weather to shuffle it outside for some pictures.
Nice sunburst top. It's six (count em) pieces of bookmatched spruce. I can see why Kay put the sunburst finish on it - to hide the joints. They don't look bad at all, but they're there if you look for them.
The top is solid spruce, and the back and sides are laminated mystery wood with mahogany veneer. I'm guessing this guitar dates to the mid-1950s.
It's a big body...about 17 inches across the lower bout. It's loud as all get out. Lots of fun.
Check out that tiger-stripe tortoloid pickguard. Goes pretty well with the sunburst I think.
I also put a K&K pickup in it.
I stuck a snakewood strap button on the heel where there was a bolt holding the neck joint together before. The dovetail is shimmed up nice and tight, so it should be secure for another 30 years or so.
The neck shape is a huge "C" in cross-section. I measured it at 1.170 inches deep at the first fret, and 1.275 at the 11th fret! It's the very definition of "50s baseball bat."
I took the fingerboard off and put a Stew-Mac "Hot Rod" double acting truss rod on it. The neck is so massive (1 piece of mahogany) it may not have needed it, but I wanted to see how well I could get it to play.
The neck's straight now and it plays like a dream. It has to, frankly, with that huge neck, or you'd really be fighting it.
The tuners are awful. I just got a set of Golden Age restoration tuners to put on...I'll document that too. Usually I don't have issues with tuners, even friction tuners, but these are some kind of cheap replacements and they're the worst.
The guitar has some really cool wear on the neck in the 'cowboy chord' position where it's worn to bare wood. There are also a fair amount of pick marks from strumming.
It's actually quite comfortable to play even with the big body and neck. It clearly saw a lot of use, but was taken care of. Has a great vibe to it.