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1946 Blonde Kay

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Alec Valentine, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Alec Valentine

    Alec Valentine

    Apr 12, 2006
    Hello all, I'm fairly new here so if anyone can offer some advice I would appreciate it.

    I've been thinking of getting a second bass, and today out of the blue this guy said he wants to sell his 1946 Kay. The original finish has been removed, and it sounds like a major repair was done to the dovetail joint in the neck. He couldn't remember the model # off hand, but he said the serial number has been verified ant it is definately a 46.

    He's asking around $1000 CAD ($879 USD) which is about all I can afford at the moment, and I need the durability of a laminate.

    Can anyone advise me of what to look for when I check it out next week. Or is it just a expensive project in the making.

  2. RD


    Jun 17, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I'd say that you should have a luthier check it out. If the seller resists that idea in anyway, I'd walk away. It might be stolen. It would be a good deal at that price, if it gets a clean bill of health and is not hot.
    Read up on Kays at :http://www.kaybass.com/
    good luck,
  3. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    I have a 1941 kay, a beat up 'orchestra' ply model (the least expensive one.) It has had a refin and a bad neck break, and the repair has started to move a little.

    a full neck replacement is in the lower $1000s usd. I'm torn about what to do with mine, but if I had another bass, I think it would still make a great beater back up bass.

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