Kent 480
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
480StandardSolidTeisco1964"Standard Group"1$79.90 N/A

The 480 was the "hardtail" or non-vibrato-tailpiece version of the 481 below.


Kent 481
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
481StandardSolidTeisco
(ET-220)
1964"Standard Group"1$89.90

500 Series
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear
mfr
NameCommentColor
Group
VerificationRetail
Price
Photo
510StandardSolidGuyatone
LG-65T
1964Las Vegas2 pickups, "Professional Group"1Catalog$109.90
540StandardSolidGuyatone
LG-55
1964-65Polaris I1 pickup1Label $48.00540
545StandardSolidGuyatone
LG-55W
1964-65Polaris II2 pickups1Label $59.90545
550StandardSolidGuyatone 1964Lido2 pickups, "professional group"1Label $129.90
560StandardSolidGuyatone 1964Copa3 pickups, "professional group"1 Catalog$149.90
590BassSolidGuyatone 1963-64Basin Street1 pickup1Label N/A
595StandardSolidGuyatone UnknownVideocaster4 pickups, "professional group"1Label

Kent 650
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
650StandardSolidTeisco
(E-100)
1964"Standard Group"1$49.90 kent 650

The headstock of this 650 is shaped like those in the 7-800 series guitars, but without binding. There is no logo or design in the middle of the headstock. At the top of the headstock is a rectangular brass-colored plaque with the name KENT in black block letters. The Kent catalog shows this guitar with a Teisco-style 6-on-a-side-tuners headstock.

The neck has dot markers. On the back of the headstock, instead of the ugly little black on white paper label, is a little round foil label with model number punched in. The tuners are the exposed-type, which get dirty more easily but are easier to clean.

Kent 660
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
660StandardSolidTeisco1964"Standard Group"1$65.90 N/A

The 660 was the two-pickup version of the 650.

The necks on the 650 and 660's were variable. The 650 pictured had a 3x3 tuner arrangement and dot fret markers while the catalog photo had a distinctly Teisco-esque 6-on-a-side tuner setup and small square fret markers. But the Teisco ET-100 and ET-200 had rectangular fret markers on the upper edge of the fingerboard (known as "thumb markers" and a headstock shap that closely-followed the Fender design.

And there's another thing... The 650 and 660 were finished in "shaded mahogany". The 1650 and 1660 were the same guitars finished in "century red lacquer". The 651 and 661, same axs again, had a "trem tailpiece" while the 1651 and 1661 had a "tremolo tailpiece". And this all appears on the same catalog page.

Kent 670
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
670BassSolidTeisco
(EB-18)
1964"Standard Group"1$134.90

Kent 690
Model #TypeBody TypeMfrYear mfrCommentColor
Group
Retail PricePhoto
690StandardSolidTeisco
SS-4L
1964"Standard Group"1$139.90 kent 690

The Kent 690 in the 1963 catalog has the standard Kent pickups (rectangular with white trim and black centers) that the Kent 500-series 6-string solidbodies have.

Fretboard markers and pickup styles seemed to vary, especially with the Teiscos.

On September 1, 1963 the U.S. government reduced the tariffs on Kent Solidbody guitars. As a result, prices were reduced about $10.00.


Color Groups: