1960s German 3/4 laminated


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This early 1960s 3/4 laminated bass needed some help to get the large, penetrating voice the it has today. Tristan Cole-Falek of Goleta, CA, performed a badly needed neck reset, fingerboard work, and made a new bridge that now allows this bass to have a strong voice and an easy playing setup. The period-correct German single unit tuning machines are in fine condition. The beech neck has had no cracks. The stained fingerboard is good and solid, with a nice planing by Tristan. The new neck reset allows for a very efficient 7 1/4″ bridge height. The original endpin is in fine condition. The new ebonized tailpiece is a nice length for this instrument. The edges show some gig use edge wear and scratches. The finish is in good shape and is a nice orange color that is common to the 1950s-60s. The dimensions are: Top length 42 1/4″, Upper bout width 19 3/8″, Middle bout width 14 5/8″, Lower bout width 25 1/2″, Rib depth at tail 8″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 7/8″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 1/2″, String length 41 3/4″. This bass is a very nice example and sounds stronger and more even than any Kay that I have ever had my hands on.

Price: $2,850