So i found a southern african King

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by SunneyBoy, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. I found this mortone in someone's garage in Johannesburg.
    The neck block etc is a disaster area but the rest of the bass is in quite good Nick.

    Bought it for just over $700 which was probably to much but I couldn't stand seeing it propped up next the the lawn mower.

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  2. StayinTime


    Sep 26, 2012
    Very cool. What do you think it will need to get it up and running again?
  3. I think it will need a new neck block. and the neck to be reset.

    I am hoping that is all, but the more i investigate the more I see possible problems.

    But these basses are like hens teeth down here so I think it will be worth restoring.
  4. I'm sure it is! They seem moderately rare here in the states too--unlike Kays! I've only had a chance to play two of them, but I liked them both!
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  6. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    That's a pretty good deal, really - most of the hard work's been done! ;)

    Except for removing the top...
  7. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    Looks like it's in really nice shape except for the neck block. Looking forward to seeing this one when it's fixed up.
  8. I have made an appointment to go see a luthier tomorrow.

    Also considering converting it to detachable neck. We will see how its goes and what his thoughts are.
  9. Removing the top is the easy part if it needs a new neck block!

    KUNGfuSHERIFF Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    Upstate NY
    Amen to that.

    --the voice of experience
  11. A wee Update.

    The king mortone will definately need a new neck block. So it will be a top off procedure I guess.

    Can't wait to have it repaired and fighting fit. Will post more as the repairs progress.
  12. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    Wow! Quick work in this one. It has the look of a late 1950s model. Have you been able to date it by serial number?
  13. I believe it is an early 60's
    s/n 4317. When its all done I will try to send the details through to the data bass.

    I have no idea how it made its way down here. Because most of the ply basses around are German or Czech basses.
  14. Getting the block ready to go in.
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    Shaping the block


    Almost there

  16. The block is in and clamped

  17. Building the original dovetail up
    to a regular mortise and tenon.


    All the work is being done by a local luthier Albertus Bekker
  18. The heel has been built up, with some nice flamed maple I might add : )

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    KUNGfuSHERIFF Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    Upstate NY
    Looking good! 4317 is mid-1961, incidentally.
  20. Neck is back In. The luthier has been kind enough to repair an unsightly chip to the top where it was damaged in the fall. 1359690106928.jpg