1937-38 King Moretone ex-Chuck Isreals


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This 1937-38 King Moretone (1119) is a former longtime road bass for noted jazz great, Chuck Isreals. The 1934-41 period is my favorite for King Moretone basses, particularly when they receive upgrades of ebony fingerboards and neck resets. This bass has gotten the benefit of both procedures and it is now my all-time favorite King Moretone bass of any of the 8-9 that have previously passed through the shop. ¬†Allan Droyan performed the conversion to mortise neck joint and reset, which yields a final bridge height of ¬†7 1/4″. This bass now speaks clearly and with great authority using an old Artone gut string set, courtesy of Don Prell. Ace repairman Jason Brown restored the misused original engraved and silver plated tuning machine set that was made in the King horn factory. The E string tuning machine handle had to be replaced. Jason also performed the setup procedures with a new Aubert Bridge and a rosewood tailpiece. The adjustable endpin probably dates from the 1950s-60s. DIMENSIONS are: Top length 42 3/4″, Upper bout width 19″, Middle bout width 14″, Lower bout width 24 3/4″, Rib depth at tail 7 3/4″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 1/2″, Rib depth at neck 6 1/4″, String length 43 3/8″. This bass is a great performance instrument for traditional jazz and Americana music style, using the Artone gut strings. A real find! with cover.

Price: $3,950