For Sale 1967 Kay Model K-5924 Bass (Best offer)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by mgauction, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. mgauction

    mgauction Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    United States
    Kay Model K-5924 Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar (1967), made in Chicago, white lacquer finish, laminated maple body; maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original two-tone chipboard case.

    This very rare Model K-5924 bass is certainly a sharp looking instrument, visually owing little to Kay's older bass designs. It was described in the 1966-7 catalog as a solid body but is actually more semi-hollow, with a heavily chambered flat-topped bound double-cutaway body. It is fitted with a very slim non-tapered short-scale neck and two of Kay's older "speed bump" pickups. The most attractive feature is a lovely solid white lacquer finish on the body and neck, described by Kay as "Striking White". The body is accented with black-and-white binding on the edges. The fluid-shaped single-sided headstock and back of the neck are painted to match.

    The headstock is fitted with single-unit guitar-size tuners with plastic buttons, a concession to the budget. The solid height-adjustable rosewood block bridge and simple stamped metal tailpiece are typically basic Kay fittings; they are hidden away under a chrome cover that bears a "made in Japan" sticker on the underside. The one howlingly weird feature is the jack, inexplicably located on the BACK of the body instead of the side or top.

    9358_01.jpg 9358_03.jpg 9358_04.jpg 9358_05.jpg 9358_07.jpg 9358_10.jpg Playing-wise this bass is typically Kay, meaning functional but pretty basic (no pun intended). The frets are Kay's long-serving brass wire, indifferently fitted but still playable without incident. The string spacing is very narrow from the nut to the bridge, again a feature of older Kay basses. The sound is surprisingly good, the "Speed bump" single coil pickups being one of Kay's better ideas and the twin-pickup positioning well thought out. The middle position in particular has a nice somewhat scooped tone typical of double pickup basses. All in all, not exactly a professional grade instrument by 1960s standards, but a better choice than many of the early imported basses it briefly competed with. And this one sure is a looker, guaranteed to be a 4-string conversation piece in any context!

    Overall length is 44 1/2 in. (113 cm.), 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 3/4 in. (781 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).

    This beautifully preserved bass is VERY clean, complete, and all original. There are a few small finish touch ups (mostly to the edges by the binding), but overall the white lacquer shines like new. There is no heavy lacquer clearcoat to turn yellow, so unlike Fender instruments from the period, the color has not changed much over 50+ years. There are a few scuffs and small spots that look like errant glue visible on the top between the switch and fingerboard. The back shows some light plywood checks and there are two small hanger marks on the sides of the headstock. The klunk switch has lost some of its silver gleam. We're really nit-picking here, but aside from these small aberrations the finish is close to perfect.

    The often notoriously poorly fitted brass Kay frets have been polished out a bit, and are in better condition than most. The fingerboard kicks up slightly at the body end but the neck is otherwise is quite straight and this is a very playable bass, especially compared to most Kay instruments from this later period. This is a truly stellar example of one of the fading Chicago giant's best final-generation offerings, looking only very slightly used and showing little evidence of its half-century on earth. We can hardly imagine finding a better one unless it has been wrapped in plastic since 1967! The original chipboard case is still present, completely solid and functional but with some heavily scuffed spots through the covering on the lid. Overall Excellent + Condition.
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  2. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    Extremely cool!
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  3. fedenybass

    fedenybass Supporting Member

    Now that’s how you write up a classified add... well done! Cool bass... Trades out on this?
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  4. mgauction

    mgauction Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    Thank you for the nice words! I would be interested in other 60's vintage basses, notably: Harmony H22 or H27, EB 1 reissue (1969-71), Kustom bass as examples. Also, 60's-70 Gretsch 6119, modern Gibson 335. Let me know what you have.
  5. Really like this one, very cool Kay.
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