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Kay bass M-I-W

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by SwitchGear, Feb 27, 2008.


  1. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Wisconsin
    I have first crack at a well used and very playable old Kay bass. It has a couple of small repairs but plays good. The label says Kay M-I-W ser#23610.

    Anyone know how old it is, what the M-I-W stands for, and what it may be worth?

    Thanks
     
  2. MollyKay

    MollyKay

    Sep 10, 2006
    Southern PA
    Bass Hobby'ist
  3. Bass Barrister

    Bass Barrister

    Nov 4, 2004
    Chicago
    ca. 1950-51

    The M-1-W model has a somewhat mysterious history, which you can read about on Roger's site.
     
  4. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Wisconsin
    Thanks for the reply' guys. Is $600 a fair price to pay?
     
  5. Bass Barrister

    Bass Barrister

    Nov 4, 2004
    Chicago
    If it's in good condition, yes. IMHO, you should always have a luthier look over a potential purchase. This holds especially true if the neck has cracked, a common Kay issue. If so, you want to make sure the repair was professionaly done.
     
  6. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Wisconsin
    Thanks much!
     
  7. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Maynard MA
    $600. is a steal! Of course if it's in decent shape.
     

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