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1959 Swingmaster

  • Just Smooth Jazz
  • 26 Programs / 3 Parts
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Sweet, Sweet Swing

The 1959 Swingmaster is yet another Guitar sampled by our own Darren Jones. The Swingsmaster is primarily a Jazz guitar and while it can play many different styles, it was recorded with a style emphasis on Jazz. Darren used heavy gauge flat wound strings and a jazz pick to emphasize the Jazz sound a bit more. The heavy gauge strings allowed Darren to drop tune the guitar so it would play in a lower register because that's where the sweet spot is on this particular guitar.

The single coil pickup in the neck has a low output that creates a sort of lo-fi sound, but in a really cool way and it does really well with effects. It's gritty and has a really round bass to it so you can hone in on that vintage bop and swing Jazz sound. Drop tuning helped to bring out the sweetness of the bass register. The grittiness also allows the guitar to fit well into other genres and eras of music.

This Guitar was made by Kay, who was known for selling catalog guitars. They sold the first electric guitars. Kay guitars were made to be affordable, but were still made with good quality. This guitar originally retailed at $99.95

The original catalog listing: "The Kay Swingmaster. A real gem, new and exciting… Thin, easy-to-play, cutaway Super Auditorium size. Steel reinforced slim, thin neck. Genuine rosewood fingerboard with hard nickel silver frets. Exclusive crackproof laminated body; Spruce top, Curly Maple back and sides. Heavy celluloid binding on body and fingerboard. Top-quality strings and hardware. One super-sensitive magnetic pick up units, triple selector switch, separate tone volume and control. Lustrous, shaded Walnut finished with golden highlight… hand rubbed."

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