Strange pink Kay bass with metal bridge, tailpiece

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by BassmanBender1, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. When I was in Ashland, Oregon, last month, I rented a double bass at the local strings shop. While I was in the shop, I saw something unusual. A pink double bass with a metal bridge and tailpiece. I think aluminum. The shop owner was repairing the bass. He thought it was an old Kay because the headstock scrolls had long ago fallen off. Here are a couple of pictures.

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  2. Sounds like a Prince song.
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  3. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    The bridge adjusters cinch it. It's Bootsy's double bass.
  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Deuce bridge, Chinese aluminum tailpiece that has been stripped, Krivo pickup. They all look like old Kays. What shop is this?

    I have a lot of good memories from Ashland. 'Plenty of incredible shows just outside of there at the beautiful outdoor Britt festival in Jacksonville: drinking wine & eating fresh local pizza while sitting front row watching Stanley Clark, Bela Fleck, and Jean Luc Ponty trio and numerous others.....
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  5. I wish I had been at those concerts. The shop is Bellwood Violin on Hersey Street near downtown Ashland, Oregon.
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  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Modern rockabilly replacement setup. The pickup is indeed a Krivo magnetic pickup. Could be a Kay or possibly an Englehardt.
  7. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    That's a Deuce-II bridge, the more recent design CNC'ed out of billet aluminum, reported to be currently out of production. The earlier welded Deuce-I design may still be in limited production, if so, built in pre-sold batches by @Red Brown.

    Here's my Deuce-I bridge (accompanied by a custom Deuce tailpiece):

    P.S. In the OP pics, the bridge wing pickup installed on the E side of the bridge looks like a Vic's Model B.
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  8. Nicolas4


    Sep 16, 2020
    That is my friends bass it is a japanese chaki bass the scroll was actually made out a ceramic like material believe it or not so we just sanded it off its just a beater bass.
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  9. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    'Needs a few Hello Kitty stickerzzzz....
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  10. Winoman


    May 15, 2005
    Vienna, VA
    I didn't know Mary Kay made basses.
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  11. Best laugh I've had this week!
  12. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    You have to sell a lot of cosmetics. A lot.
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