• 2013 K&F Lap Steel & Amp

2013 K&F Lap Steel & Amp

2013 K&F Lap Steel & Amp

This is for all you genuine Fender collectors out there………..  Several years ago, my good friends at the Fender Musical Instrument Company contacted me to ask if I would like a very special, prototype steel guitar/tube amp-set, and of course I said yes. The word “prototype" gets bandied about quite a lot in the guitar world but these are literally that, first examples of both a guitar and an amplifier, made to be complete, working models of both for possible future production. As many of you already know, the very earliest guitars made by Leo Fender, who at the time was a radio and phonograph repairman, were done in partnership with Doc Kaufman, an instrument designer for Rickenbacker. In 1945, they set up shop as K&F Manufacturing to produce their new lap steel, but in 1946 Kaufman decided to leave the company. Leo renamed it Fender Electric Instruments and the rest is history. Early K&F steels occasionally show up, but it seems that the trade name had gone fallow, its registration run out with no one taking it up, and in order to get it registered for themselves again, Fender needed to build one prototype lap steel and one prototype tube amplifier, and so here they both are. They duplicated the original K&F metal nameplate for both and also made a special metal serial number plate for the amp, on which the space for the number itself was left blank. The amp has the insides of a Fender Blues Junior and its fabulous all-wood case, with wooden handle, was made specially for it by the Fender Custom Shop and lacquered with a Fender Telecaster Butterscotch-Blonde finish. The guitar was also made up as a one-off, in Fender’s factory in China, lacquered in white, with a vintage-correct metal fingerboard with painted Roman numerals and a duplication of the original K&F string-through pickup.The guitar comes with a beautiful plush-lined hard shell case. This set is as I got it, never played by anyone, still pristine, though there is one little ding on the outside of the guitar case. It also comes with a copy of Fender’s original invoice to my store for both guitar and amp. The set $2995

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$2995.00
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