Kay K6868 Style Leader “Gutbucket II” Archtop w/ Teisco Pickup (1950s, Blonde w/ Faux Flame)


Kay K6868 Style Leader “Gutbucket II” Archtop w/ Teisco Pickup (1950s, Blonde w/ Faux Flame)


For your consideration, a Kay K6868 Style Leader Archtop that I have put a LOT of time and effort into. Now it is a great playing and great sounding electrified starvation box!

I got a wild hair to electrify this one, so I did. I just so happened to have this flat mount Teisco single coil pickup in the shop, and it fit perfectly in the bridge position of this guitar, so I wired it in with a standard volume and tone control.

Other than that, all I had to do was reseal the neck joint, shine it up, set the action and change the strings. The tone is wonderfully full and the action is decently low for a guitar this age. Obviously not “modern guitar” action, but not uncomfortable. (Pics of action included in gallery.)

This thing now plays and sounds great. I’ve been calling her “Gutbucket II” because this guitar is the spiritual successor of a guitar I built in the past. See that guitar here: https://reverb.com/item/18379075-kay-harmony-n-3-player-grade-the-gutbucket-archtop-w-goldfoil-pickup-1950s-antique-burst

The Gutbucket II would be great for someone who plays rock n’ roll, rockabilly, psychobilly, garage or has a one-man-band stomp rock style deal. OR, this would be a great guitar for the country, bluegrass or blues player that wants to play a little louder! If you want a demo of this guitar, check out my Instagram stories archive. @jacksguitarcheology.

As always I oiled the board, changed the strings, polished the finish and tweaked the set up. This guitar is proudly strung with Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings, made right here in Nashville, TN. These old girls were not meant to handle large amounts of string tension, so getting light gauge strings on your first string change is CRUCIAL. I recommend .10-.50.
As with all of my pre-1980 acoustic guitars without adjustable truss rods, this guitar is being sold “as is” regardless of condition. (See my shop policies for more information.) Comes with the original chipboard case. I pack my guitars up tight and always ship with full insurance, so you can buy with confidence.

Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!

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