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Mary Kaye P-Bass (special edition)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by P. Bass, May 18, 2010.

  1. P. Bass

    P. Bass

    Mar 17, 2010
    A number of years ago Fender put out a beauty of a special ed. "Mary Kaye" P-Bass. It was ash w/ trans white paint, white p.g., gold hardware, r.w. fretboard w/ 1-3/4" nut. The kicker was that the body size was SLIGHTLY oversize! I know this as fact because I measured it against a "new" P. You could tell just by looking at it. Can anyone enlighten me on this bass? Nobody believes me.
  2. Sounds like a sales bonus incentive for a MK cosmetics salesperson.

    She gives our pink Cadillacs and Bum-Ws for bonuses, why not a bass now too?
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Do you mean Mary Kaye, or Carol Kaye?
  4. Droot


    Dec 29, 2006
    Is it possible you were looking at a Kay bass?

    Or as above
  5. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Come on people, he's talking about a "Mary Kaye" P-Bass.
    dcbluesbass, deff, middlebit and 2 others like this.
  6. stingray96191


    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    Mary Kaye White is what the Trans White Finish is called. Mary Kaye was a guitar player in the 50's and 60s, and was quite well known. Unless I have my wires crossed i bet this is what you are looking for.

    As much as i hate Ed Roman

  7. You're right - a MK Cosmetics bass would be pink like her cars.
  8. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
  9. Mike19


    Aug 11, 2009
    Tallahassee, Fla
  10. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Rosewood on a Mary Kaye style is just wrong, wrong, wrong, you've got to have a maple fretboard.
    Guiseppe likes this.
  11. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
    Love MKW with RW.

    Volker Kirstein likes this.
  12. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    What a beauty! :bassist:
  13. Are those by any chance - aluminum PGs?

    Maybe we have something in common........
  14. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    .........or a liitle more traditional Mary Kaye trans blonde with maple. all it would need is a white pickguard and gold hardware to be look like a real MK.

  16. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    This is my 1989 Mary Kay P-bass.




    "VO" serial number, all gold hardware - even the screws holding the pickguard are gold. Probably the finest quality P-bass I've ever owned. I've sold several vintage P-basses over the years, but not this one.
  17. P. Bass

    P. Bass

    Mar 17, 2010
    Hey people,
    Thanks a lot for all your contributions! The link by "iamthebassman" shows the example I saw. The owner stipulates in his ad that it has a 13" body. My '02 P has a 12-3/4" body. It still leaves open - the reason for the oversize. I talked to the guy who had traded in this bass & he said that he also had it's sibling - a J bass w/ the same appointments. Whether or not it also had an oversized body - I dunno. But I suspect that Fender ran the table w/ tribute Mary Kaye's. And no - "SurferJoe46" - I don't THINK they put lipstick in the string compartments.(I,like you am a big '57 gold guard fan) Thanks also Johnk, for that great G.G. shot. My '02 "Mary Sue" is also wearing one.
    Lets see if we can find out about this "oversize" deal.
    Thanks a bunch!
  18. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I love these Mary Kay P's. I had one recently that I had to sell to pay bills, and I had a Mary Kay blond Hamer J bass too. One of my favorite finishes.
  19. P. Bass

    P. Bass

    Mar 17, 2010
    Thanks "smcd" for those great pics! Did you by any chance measure the body? (Just to be sure) [​IMG]
  20. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The body is exactly 13" wide.
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