1955 King Moretone



This consignment 1955 King Moretone (3197) is an example of one of the finest vintage American plywood basses made. The H.N. White company made student brass instruments, so it was easy for them to design and make their own tuning machines in the metal shop, the only American company to use their own tuning machines, rather than use those made by Kluson. This bass has enjoyed a long life as a gigging jazz instrument. The common heel break has been professionally repaired. Though it suffered from Knicks and edge plate wear, it also enjoyed some upgrades: The original rosewood fingerboard was replaced with ebony, the bridge with adjusters is a Teller replacement, and the original fixed endpin has been replaced with an adjustable Onyx model. Additionally, the Underwood pickup is included in the sale price. The lacquer finish is in good shape, considering  the long history of jazz gigs. DIMENSIONS are: top length 42 5/8″, Upper bout width 19″, Middle but width 14 1/4″, Lower bout width 25 1/8″, Rib depth at tail, 7 5/8″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 3/8″, Rib depth at neck 5 7/8″, String Length 43 1/8″. This bass has a fuller tone than most from the mid-1950s. It is currently string with D’Addarionb Helicore Hybrid strings. It has been successfully used with gut stringing in the last decade. The included cover is light duty. Other upgrade covers are available.