The Kay-built

1354 and 1356
were the first 'Aristocrat' electrics to appear on the scene, basically electrified versions of the 680/670 series of guitars, with one simple pickup near the neck, and a Volume/Tone controls situated at the bottom edge of the treble side of the guitar.

Introduced: 1952

Retired: 1955

We've got a LOT of pics for this model, and a surprise at the end of the gallery.

Musings on the nickname 'Aristocrat'

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This Aristocratic duo from Kay was the first in a long-running series of well-appointed archtop electric guitars from Sears. It set the pace for the guitars to follow in all but one respect: this was the only single pickup 'Aristocrat' ever offered.

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