Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kay Electric Bass



New arrival!  It's a Kay electric bass; not sure of the model but it looks to be one of the later Japanese Kays from the 70s.  Obviously patterned after a Gibson SG, but if you look closely you'll find that it's full of little oddball touches.  There's a little foam piece underneath the bridge cover that's slightly muting the strings, while the "K" on the headstock seems to have flipped upside-down.


 The pickguard is raised slightly, which has a neat overlapping, two-level effect with the control plate, and  the dual pickups have a nice "gator-esque" tolex covering.  A very cool, playable old bass with lots of character.

4 comments:

  1. My first Bass was this very model! Some people would write this off as a lousy bass (even for a beginner) but I disagree. I never did let go of mine because it has a vintage tonal flavor that just can't be obtained with more modern Basses. I love mine too much to let go of it.

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  2. if anybody know what he has here please let me know. I just picked one up that looks identical, im going to have the electronics updated and the body somewhat restored, i like the "traveled" look though.

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  3. I have one too. Got it at 5. 31 now. Best action and sound than any other bass i played, and i work in resale.

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  4. I bought mine in 1970 with paper route money. I still have it but the case deteriorated. The pick guard has a rose etching also. It is a model K-2B. I have serial number 10429.

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