The K161 Kay Thin Twin electric guitar was originally introduced in 1952 and was known as the "Jimmy Reed" or "Howlin' Wolf" model.
T-Bone Burnett played a Thin Twin to back up Robert Plant and Allison Krause at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
The Thin Twin was the first guitar able to create that unique blues sound from the special Kay interior bracing that made the instrument a favorite among blues players as well as rockers of the '50s and '60s.
The Thin Twin got its name from its two blade pickups, known for their distinctive clean, sharp, sustaining sound. The Thin Twin's hollowbody chamber parallel bracing produces that gutsy, bluesy, raw sound, creating a clean natural distortion without feedback.
* Body: Single-cutaway, tone-chambered, hollowbody acoustic with special feedback-resistant bracing.
* Back: Parabolic arched maple
* Sides: Maple
* Top: 3-ply flamed maple
* Purfling: Multi-ply checkerboard celluloid binding
* Neck: Set one-piece, straight-grained Canadian maple with single-ply binding
* Frets: 20 medium nickel-silver
* Inlays: 6 block pearled
* Fingerboard: 26" scale rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
* Tuning Machines: Vintage-style, 3 per side
* Bridge and Tailpiece: Chrome individual saddle-style mounted bridge with height adjustment thumbwheels and chrome trapeze tailpiece
* Top Nut: Bone
* Headstock: Original gold chevron displaying 3-D raised "Kel-von-a-tor" style emblem
* Finish Coat: High-gloss polyester protective polymer
* Pickups: 2 chrome Thin Twin single-coil Blade pickups
* Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way bat-style toggle selector
* Output jack: Side-mounted