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For Sale/Trade Kay 162V Bass (Hofner Mods) Roger Fritz Limited

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by richspillberg, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. richspillberg

    richspillberg Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Rhode Island
    This is unlike any other Kay 162 in the world-can guarantee you that. Extensively modified-verging on rebuilt-by John Mouradian, who with the help of his late father, built basses for Chris Squire. This thing plays and sounds extraordinarily. As to the electronics: it begins w/ Hofner staples-the same model used on the custom shop "Sir Paul Union Jack" bass. The resistors are '50s Draloric, with all extremely similar values to a Hofner of said period. The pots are '50s and early '60s Centralab. Switches are robust C&K. Beneath the bridge is a K&K Purebass transducer pickup, which is powered by a Bartolini buffer, which is controlled by a Clarostat pot. Wiring is N.O.S. period correct gauge. If you haven't noticed this is an amalmagam of a Kay and a '50s Hofner-John followed the diagram attached above. The body features a two-piece Garolite guard, which is uncannily similar to Bakelite. Said body was beautifully refinished in Nitrocellulose, and looks superb, save a few blemishes on the back. Nut is bone. Bridge was made out of Rosewood by Mark Campellone, who makes first-rate archtop guitars. Neck finish was removed for a smooth feel w/o changing the profile. Knobs are vintage Beckham. Pretty outstanding. Spent $1700 or thereabouts on parts and labor Hate to see it go; but the times dictate that it must. Interested in trading for Guild Starfire
    Modifications performed by John Mouradian.
    Bridge by Mark Campellone.
    20190211_143751. 20190211_143837. 20190211_143906. 20190211_143933. 20190211_144001. 20190211_144025.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019 at 2:51 PM

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