Kay Bass With Interesting History
I ran across this ad in my local Craig's List page :
This Kay Upright bass is from 1955 and came out of SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON in California. This Bass was 1 of 2 that was going to be "destroyed" until a prison guard friend of mine rescued them. It has a serial # of 35749 which make it a 1954-1955 model. It also has stamped two times on the inside "San Quentin State Prison Music/Drama Dept. DO NOT REMOVE" see picture. My friend was a prison gaurd in San Quentin in the Late 70's just starting out when he got this. He had noticed one of the guards was taking 2 upright basses toward the dumpster and asked what he was going to do with them and he replied "trash em!" He asked if he could have them and he said yes just keep it to yourself. This was in the late 70's and the San Quentin Prison Music and Drama program was now defunct because of funding and state policies etc. So they had been sitting around the prison i presume for a few years after that and were basically cleaning house. They had NO IDEA of the importance of these basses!! I was lucky enough to acquire one and now it is up for sale! This is absolutely a true piece of Iconic American Music History. Merle Haggard was a prisoner at San Quentin when he heard Johnny Cash play there for the first time on Jan. 1st 1958. Just to imagine that this very bass could have been played by Johnny Cash's bass player that Merle Haggard had heard for the first time as an Inmate is downright AWESOME!! Just plain awesome and 1 of a kind. This bass is in overall decent shape for its age considering where it was for so long. It has scratches and nicks that it has received over time due to playing. It looks like it has had some professional repairs done to it at one time but I am told it doesn't affect the value in any way. The neck is in decent shape and looks like it has never been repaired which is rare on some of these Kays but does show signs of stress and use. BUT MOST OF ALL THIS BASS SOUNDS AMAZING! This is the nicest, warmest bass i have ever played or heard and i have been playing for years.
See the ad
for contact info and price.
I normally don't do this kind of thing but it's rather fascinating I think. My apologies if this violates the rules.
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