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So i found a southern african King

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

  1. SunneyBoy

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    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

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    Very cool. What do you think it will need to get it up and running again?
  3. SunneyBoy

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    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. Thumpie

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    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!
  5. Jake deVilliers

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    That's a pretty good deal, really - most of the hard work's been done! ;)

    Except for removing the top...
  6. chris1125

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    Looks like it's in really nice shape except for the neck block. Looking forward to seeing this one when it's fixed up.
  7. SunneyBoy

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    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.
  8. tyb507

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    Removing the top is the easy part if it needs a new neck block!
  9. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Amen to that.

    --the voice of experience
  10. SunneyBoy

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    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.
  11. SunneyBoy

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  12. Steve Swan

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    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. SunneyBoy

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    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. SunneyBoy

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    Getting the block ready to go in.
  15. SunneyBoy

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    Shaping the block

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    Almost there

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  16. SunneyBoy

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    The block is in and clamped

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  17. SunneyBoy

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

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    All the work is being done by a local luthier Albertus Bekker
    www.bekkerviolins.com
  18. SunneyBoy

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    The heel has been built up, with some nice flamed maple I might add : )

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  19. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Looking good! 4317 is mid-1961, incidentally.
  20. SunneyBoy

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    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

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