c.1952 Orpheus Kay K-125 Peanut Guitar

Here we have a c.1952, Orpheus branded Kay K-125 “Peanut” guitar. This is a very early and rare American made guitar. As you can see, it has had a less than professional refinish of both the body and neck. Although slightly crude, It actually doesn’t look that bad at all. There are plenty of dings, dents and scratches as well as some dirt that’s been on this baby for a long time. All parts appear original. The volume knob and tone switch work fine but the tone knob does next to nothing. This doesn’t bother me at all as the guitar sounds awesome! There is a bit of relief to the thick neck and the original brass frets show some wear but have plenty of life left in them. Although this is a somewhat small guitar, it is a full 25 1/2″ scale length.

How does it play? – Pretty good. It’s not a brand new Fender Custom Shop Strat or some super fast shredder but I really like playing it. The neck has some relief but the action is good. You certainly notice that you are playing a very early electric guitar but not in a bad way. I’d say it similar to an original Harmony Stratotone.

How does it sound? – Awesome! Seriously, this guitar just screams. Why don’t they make them like this anymore.

Overall, this is a really cool guitar. Let’s not forget that this was introduced in 1952, the same year as the Les Paul, right at the dawn of the electric guitar.

Price: Sold