K and K New York Baritone at Ukulele Corner

My "Mistery" Baritone

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It has Aquila re-entrant Jumbo Tenor Nylguts on and is tuned g~C~E~A




K AND K New York

What I have invited here is a 1960's K AND K Baritone with no strings and a broken top brace. Well to be exact the brace from just below the sound hole has fallen out, but the seller still has it so it's included in the sale and I just need to get in stuck back in, (and then restring it). It's not one of the K AND K branded Favilla Baritones, but it is one of what I call the "Mystery Baritones". This is a model of Baritone that was sold in the US by a large number of distributors in the 60's and was apparently very good, but I don't know who was actually behind the making of them. Some of them were replacement models for a United Guitar Co. made Baritone that looks a lot less well made and always has a "made in the U.S.A." stamp in the sound hole. This range doesn't, so it almost certainly wasn't made by the United Guitar Co. It never has a "made in Japan" sticker on the back of the headstock either, and I have only ever seen them originally being sold in the U.S. so I'm not sure where they come from even? Maybe some of my questions will be answered when it gets here?

It's arrived now and there is definitely no, and never was a, "Made in Japan" sticker on the back of the headstock, nor is there any stamp saying Japan there; or anywhere else for that matter? The seller has stuck the missing top brace onto the fretboard with sticky tape, and apart from that it all looks very sound even if it hasn't answered any of my questions about the actual maker? All I can really say about it at the moment, is that it's build quality is very good, and when I took it to the Ukulele Doctor to get the bracing sorted, he likened it, in terms of build quality, to his Favilla Baritone. Now I know Favilla did make some Baritones for K&K but this isn't one of them.