After the dissolve of Kay/Valco in 1968, the Engelhardt-Link company bought the upright bass and cello lines at the asset auction in 1969, and continue to produce the same instrument lines till today.
Like their guitar manufacturing, the basses were hand crafted by skilled craftsmen using special ordered machinery.They even had a hot stamping machine that could emboss the trademark KAY cursive script.In 1965 Katz sold Kay to Seeburg Corporation, and he became the head of Seeburg's musical instrument division.In 1967, Kay was resold and merged with Valco, but dissolved in 1968 due to financial problems.This instrument debuted in 1952, and featured a single cutaway body, a distinctive tortoiseshell pickguard, and a pair of thin blade-style pickups that gave the guitar its name.
Kay used this type of pickups on various Kay electrics dating back to the 1940s.
These instruments featured a flat top with no f-holes, a free-floating arched back, and two braces running along the top.
The result was a semi-acoustic instrument that was feedback-resistant while retaining natural acoustic resonances.
The Kay name (and some of its trademarks, such as Knox Kay was best known for its mid-priced guitars, (i.e., quality guitars priced below top-of-the-line instruments like Gibson and Gretsch models) as well as its budget instruments.
Kay made guitar models for its own brand name and guitars branded as Silvertone for Sears, Sherwood and Airline for Montgomery Wards, Old Kraftsman for Spiegel, Custom Kraft for St.
Valued among collectors, the headstocks from 1957-1960 featured a reverse painted plastic overlay similar to the Kelvinator logo. It was difficult to get players to take Kay’s high end entry seriously, and Kay discontinued the Gold line in 1962.