Another KG-14! I guess they are greater in pairs, no? This one particular is loud, punchy-as-heck, has very good snap — and a lot of ring to it. It really is mainly-original, also, but has new frets and a new nut and saddle. The pins are, amazingly, all-original and the guitar has that look — with the firestripe guard and perfect bluesy sunburst.
This was practically-carried out final Saturday, but it took all week for me to locate the time necessary to finish it off. This is simply because it necessary far more operate than I expected. In the finish it got a neck reset, bridge reglue, new bone nut and saddle, brace reglues, crack cleats and repairs to the leading, and a board plane and refret (with new jumbo stock). The finish result is a top-notch player with a straight neck, modern-feeling frets, and spot-on three/32″ EA, 1/16″ DGBE action at the 12th fret. I have it strung with 52w, 40w, 30w, 22w, 16, 12 strings in a “slightly lighter than light” set.
The usual KG-14 specs apply, too — 1 3/4″ nut width, 12″ radius fretboard, medium-sized V-shaped neck profile, 24 three/4″ scale (practically 24 7/eight” in actuality), and 14 5/eight” width on the lower bout. The ladder bracing compared to an x-braced L-00 indicates a less-creamy best and bottom end and an emphasis on lots of snap and punch in the mids. This is perfect for a fingerpicker but will also suit a flatpicker who requirements a bit of reduce and definition like an archtop.
I also added side dots. The board is freshly leveled/planed and feels like a new, boutique providing.
There are a few challenging-to-see cracks on the leading that are all repaired. Two brief hairlines are above the soundhole and cleated and there are 3 smaller sized ones under the soundhole and terminating at the bridge — also cleated. Below the bridge the center-seam was a small open and that is been glued, cleated, and sealed for future stability.
I forgot to mention that I also reglued the pickguard a bit, too.
The bridge has its original pins — although the saddle is a new, compensated, bone one.
As you can see, there’s a fair amount of saddle left for action adjustments. The slot is also deep sufficient that conservative “shimming” can get you by for fine adjustments up without having the saddle tilt forward on you.
Woods, right? The best is strong spruce and the back, sides, and neck are solid mahogany. The back on this one appears to be one piece, too.
There is an typical quantity of use-wear on the guitar but, all round, it looks excellent compared to many KG-14s which have a tendency to get a lot of play over the years.
The tuners are mainly original but I’ve employed spare components from a donor set of the identical variety (only a handful of years prior) to replace missing bits.
The “fade” of the sunburst to the back/sides is quite neat right here at the neck.
The endpin is original, too.Antebellum Instruments