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NBD 1943 Kay m1

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by fuzzy beard, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Well some of you witnessed the saga of my upright decision. Now enjoy the fruits of it!

    1943 Kay M1 Her name is Fate

    Interesting thing about the bass. Apon cleaning it at the shop they started finding signatures all over the bass. On the top and both ribs. Some are very bold but most are very fant. Some were damaged by rash. One was dated 1949 but it is very hard to read. This week end we are going to try and figure out as many as we can.

    2 most defined writen names are

    Tex Moose
    Paul pierce

    I would say there are close to 30 names on it.
  2. Markse


    Dec 9, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    Great looking bass, have fun! I see you've already got a fiddle player for your BG band.
  3. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Man, that's a nice Kay. Play her in good health!

    Mine's a '56 and in worse cosmetic condition than yours. You got a cool toy!
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Nice looking bass, Mike - well done. And your fiddle player is super cute, too! ;)
  5. Thanks! That's a big smile for a little girl who just lost 2 front teeth. Lol
  6. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Epic Pickups & StringJoy Strings Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    very cool!
  7. shrigg

    shrigg Joy Decision Bassist/BL, AudioKinesis Beta Tester Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Traverse City, MI
    Very nice bass! Congratulations!
  8. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Congrats! Enjoy.
  9. Looking good! I love the nice thick fingerboard. Enjoy!
  10. Ya that's a thick piece of ebony. Makes the neck thicker than the rest of the more expensive kays they had there. But thinner than the shen and other more classical uprights I tried. I like it its a middle ground between the 2 norms and it feels good! Also they said it should have a long life. A lot of meat there if ever needed to be planned in the future.
  11. Dieing waiting on my Missy Rains DVD to get here so I can get started! Found another bluegrass jam on Thursday went to look around. Not a single upright there! Told them I had one and wanted to learn and there eyes light up like lanterns.
  12. ...as they thought to themselves, "Ah, somebody to drive us to gigs!"
  13. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    LOL! :D
  14. LOL Ahh man i thought they liked me ;(
  15. PCprincipalbass


    Mar 5, 2013
    Man that's a beautiful bass!
  16. Thanks
  17. One of the decisions I had to make when getting this upright was to upgrade to a adjustable endpin. I choose to leave the old style none adjustable wooden pin. But this soon became a problem with the pin that came with the bass there was no way to add a rubber foot. So it wanted to skate on wooden floors. So today I fashioned a new hickory endpin. I left more tapered area on this one to achieve maximum contact area. Since the only thing that holds it in is tension. And that's a crutch tip to supply my skid proof end.

    New on left old on right. Still have to put in bass and figure out how tall I want it. But I also come to find when you have a non adjustable endpin set up just for you. It cuts down on others wanting to play your bass!

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