FS - Vintage Kay Short Scale Bass - $225 shipped

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  1. tony moore

    tony moore

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    I bought this cool Vintage Kay Short Scale Bass from a fellow talkbasser while on a short scale bass bender. I've decided to stick with the Fender MIJ Mustang that I bought to share with my daughter. This cool little bass is in good shape with just light players wear and some patina on the chrome and such. The single pickup at the neck sounds great. Big, beefy, punchy and dubby and not like a typical mud bucker. I have the action set medium low, as it felt good with with the lower tension of the short scale, but it could be slammed as the neck is straight and the truss rod works fine.

    $225 shipped conus.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. MasterBass!

    MasterBass! Reaching new Highs in Lows!! Supporting Member

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    "tis a very kool bass indeed!!
     
  3. Formula144

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    Nice!

    Any idea how the neck compares to the current Squier short-scale Jaguar? I'm playing one of those now and enjoying it. Was considering getting another one to tinker with, but something different would be cool. Short scales are much kinder to my old hands....

    The frets look flat on top. Am I seeing a lot of fret wear, or is that just the lighting?

    Scale length? I just read that Kay made some as short as 25".

    Thanks!
     
  4. tony moore

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    i'm not familiar with a squier short scale jaguar, but i can say it feels very similar to my mij fender mustang bass. the scale is indeed shorter than my mustang! it measures about 28". i hadn't noticed it and the string tension feels about the same as my mustang bass.

    thanks for pointing that out!
     
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  6. jaywa

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    Is that a Danny Partridge bass?

    :D
     
  7. tony moore

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    ha! i don't think so. i imagine a danny partridge bass would be trebly, whiney and annoying. this bass is fun and funky ;-)
     
  8. R&B

    R&B Don't want no treble. Supporting Member

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    Crazy low price and very very cool. Why is this still here? :confused:
     
  9. Formula144

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    I'm very tempted. There aren't a lot of short scale options, and this one does look cool.

    The only basses I've played have been a couple of Squiers(VM Jazz, Affinity P, my current short-scale Jaguar), so it's hard for me to imagine how it would sound & feel. Comments/advice welcome.
     
  10. tony moore

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    well, i think it feels and plays similar to my mij fender mustang, which to me is it plays easy with lower tension than a 34" scale bass (but not floppy feeling). the sound of this bass is more full range and dynamic than my mustang, which is more midrangey and punchy. finger style is dubby but detailed and with a pic is deep and defined. i hope this helps...
     
  11. tony moore

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    btw - the frets have no serious wear. it must just look that way in the pics. they are crowned flatter and less rounded than my mustang, but they are also fatter frets than my mustang.
     
  12. Formula144

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    Thanks. That's what I suspected -- the frets look flat, but it seemed too even to be from wear.

    How's the balance?
     
  13. tony moore

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    no issue with the balance at all. i guess because it's so light?
     
  14. jthofner

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    Nice little bass. What kind of strings on the bass?
     
  15. tony moore

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    i'm not sure. it has the rounds that came on it. the feel and sound like nickel to me. nice and broken in with bite but not too bright.
     
  16. pcake

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    what's the scale on that?
     
  17. lmfreeman9

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    My first bass was a similar Kay which was stolen almost 30 years ago. I recently found some recordings I made with it and the bass sounds astonishingly good.
     
  18. tony moore

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