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NBD first DB - Kay M-1 1965

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Burwabit, Sep 13, 2019 at 9:41 PM.

  1. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    Just picked up my first double bass... 1965 Kay M-1. It needs some TLC including new bridge and strings. I'm totally new to the DB, so I'm a little lost including what type of strings to get and how to set it up. Leaning towards Rotosound RS4000s with a little room in the action, but I also like the possibility of more sound from a steel string. It will primarily be used for Country and 50s rock, possibly a little Rockabilly. Going into the shop tomorrow am. Hopefully it can be a good first player to build on.

    4s. 1s. 2s. 3s. 5s. 9s. 10s. 11s. 12s. 13s. M-1s.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM
  2. marcox


    Dec 10, 2007
    Congrats and welcome aboard!
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  3. Tiddleypidlei

    Tiddleypidlei Upton Bass Owners Club Member. Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2014
    Congrats and Nice bass! I got my first double bass last year, and I have not been able to put it down since.
    I think you should throw some gut strings on that bad boy and pluck away.

    Welcome to the dark side.
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  4. joe.wimberley

    joe.wimberley Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    North Carolina 27529
    Get that bass to a luthier, pronto. Those bridge feet are jacked up. Is the left side just the screw into the body?

    For strings, I really dig the Evah Pirazzi Weichs. The tension is really low and feels easy to play.

    Enjoy that Kay! I miss mine.
  5. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    That’s funny my luthier recommended the same. I didn’t buy them yet but may order some. Took a pic tho.
  6. Rayjay

    Rayjay Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    My first bass way a Kay, which my parents procured for me when I was 14. It was a great bass I never should have sold. I true workhorse and a war cannon in terms of volume.

    I think you’re on the right track not seeking super low action. You need room to dig in, and that’s where your projection comes from. Anything weich will get you desirable lower tension if you’re going to be playing rockabilly. Spirocores are a gold standard for many, although if you can- go get your bass setup by a bass luthier, first because they will be the specialists as far as what we want, as opposed to any old violin shop or guitar repairman who claims to do Basses, but also because if he has a few basses at his shop you can test out other strings and give you recommendations according to the type of playing you wish to do.

    You got a great bass. A lot of those cheap new Asian imports are terrible and suck the joy out of playing. We had a Cremona sit at our local store for 3-4 years before they practically gave it away. Congratulations!
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