1944 Kay Bass is an "Ugly Duckling"
1944 Kay M-1 Bass, "The Ugly Duckling"……Renamed "BOOMER"
Here's the deal. This bass is setup well, plays and sounds like a Kay. It is just plain UGLY!
The overall condition of the bass is wonderful with one exception. In the past someone refinished it, possibly using a chainsaw and a propane torch. It appears that the entire first layer of veneer has been sanded completely off. Yes you read it right, the face veneer is gone! The grain is butt ugly and is parallel to the floor. There are sander marks everywhere. The finish appears to have been sprayed on in a dust storm. Then wiped down with a dirty burlap sack while still tacky. Just kidding, it's not that bad.
I have considered several options from replacing the face to painting or staining it with tinted lacquer to leaving it as is. I have the ability and know how to do any of the above but am looking for suggestions from the pros here. I am aware that the value of my 1944 Kay has been considerably reduced by some previous owners lack of care.
Last edited by Randy Shelton : 11-11-2013 at 05:41 PM.
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