1948 Kay M-1



This late 1948 Kay M-1 (sn 18919) comes to the shop with a few refinements and no major injuries. Is has a strong, lush tone for a Kay bass, helped along with the Pirastro Obligato strings. Laminated top with spruce outer layer. Laminated maple back and sides. The maple neck is unbroken, with no major injuries. The gold-plated Kluson half plater tuning machines turn well. The replacement nut is made from ebony. The original Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece saddle have very attractive grain and color. The replacement adjustable endpin is of the 10 mm steel rod type. The original painted whitewood tailpiece has an original Kay decal that has suffered a few scrapes. The new Teller bridge has been fit with adjusters. The very attractive reddish-orange lacquer finish from this late 1940s era is largely intact, with a few scrapes, dings, and edge wear. Dimensions are: Top length 43 1/8″, Upper bout width 20″, Middle bout width 15″, Lower bout width 26 1/4″, Rib depth at tail 7 1/2″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 1/8″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 1/8″, String length 41 3/4″. This bass has an unusually strong and resonant bottom end voice, down to the low E. This is a very nice example of this model.  With cover.