#1
Hey, i've had this bass guitar sitting around the house for a while. It was an old bass guitar that my grandfather had and gave to me before he died. Unfortunately he didn't leave any identification nor does it have anything on the guitar itself. I don't have much knowledge in identifying these sort of things, and i am not wishing to sell it, so give me your honest guesses on what it is.

Thanks in advance...







#2
that would have to be one of the most unique basses i have ever seen in my life, could it be a custom handmade job?

Normally when we see unknown basses i'd reccomend taking off the neck and looking at theneck pocket, but that may be a bit hard on this....
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#5
I would recomend taking it to Guitar Center or some shop mnear you so they could take the neck off. But by the looks of those photos it looks like one solid piece.
#7
that is not custom. that is 1000 dollar Kay remake of a very old bass.
I don't remember the name.
but it sounds utterly terrible, and should be sold.

for a way better instrument.
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#8


Humanity hit the mark on this one. The above picture is from a group called the Ravens and the bass player (Pete Haskell) is playing a Kay bass not unlike yours.

I've seen these go as high as 1900 USD in shops and Ebay btw...
#9
Thanks a bunch guys. I don't plan on selling it right now but i might in the future.

Also, i posted this same message on http://Vintaxe.com and one of the admins there new exactly what it was and here is what he concluded:

"It looks to me like Granddad has hooked you up with a Kay model K-162 electric bass from the mid 1950's. I believe this was the first guitar style electric bass ever mass marketed. According to Kay literature, 10 years of R&D went into the development of this bass. "
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#11
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for the guy who said it was the remake.... this is the real deal

I indeed figured it out when you stated that your Granpappy gave it to you.
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Warwick Fortress>>Acoustic AB50

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#12
That looks like it would have a very interesting sound. I demand clips, posthaste.
#13
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That looks like it would have a very interesting sound. I demand clips, posthaste.

it's a short scale plywood bass with a pickup glued in at a mud position.

It will sound great.
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Warwick Fortress>>Acoustic AB50

http://www.myspace.com/rustingbloom
#15
In the latest issue of Bass Player, they reviewed a reissue of that exact bass. Apparently, it was the second electric bass ever on the market (it's the first guitar-styled bass because it's basically a guitar with a longer neck, whereas the Precision was it's own design).

EDIT: Cut those strings, boy!
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#16
haha, i'll post some clips at the end of the week if you guys really want to hear...

Edit: i'll cut the strings before i play :P