In the early '60s, the popularity of the electric guitar created new opportunities for mail-order catalogs and department stores alike to fill American homes with products that fulfilled aspiring musicians' rock n roll desires. Companies like Chicago-based Kay produced multitudes of guitars and amplifiers that were readily available at affordable prices.
The Kay Model 803 is a fantastic American-made all tube practice amp. This 1964 Kay Model 803 has been modified properly so that it is 100% safe for modern use. The original circuitry did not have an isolation transformer, so the addition of the proper transformer and the three-prong power cord make this one safe. Like many low-wattage combos from this era, it breaks up nicely at lower volumes, making it an excellent studio "grinder." Turn the volume knob to 10, and you've got warm, saturation. When you roll back on your guitar's volume knob, it cleans up nicely, too. All-in-all, this vintage beast has a lot to offer as a practice amp.
This '64 Kay Model 803 is fairly clean cosmetically. Its original handle is still in tact, and its faux-gator telex is hard not to love. This would be an excellent living room amp, but it will find a great home in any studio, as well.