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Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by igor kondur, May 27, 2011.
I have original
tailpiece from old Kay bass,any suggestion about wood ?
The early tail pieces are usually rosewood or ebonized rosewood. Does the tail piece have a decal or the metal script Kay? Dating the tail piece will help ID the wood. Later production models are different then the early prewar models. The availability of woods determined what was used in manufacturing.
They are Ebony or Brazilian Rosewood but they made quite a few out of Black Walnut in the war years when imported woods were impossible to obtain.
What's the serial number of the bass?
I know of two Kay tailpieces from the war years that are made out of Honduras mahogany that was painted black. They both happen to be on very nice sounding Kays ( one also has a Honduras mahogany fingerboard!). I've also seen an original slab cut maple Kay tailpiece.
A lot of times Kay used whatever was available when they ran out of the usual materials.
Does anyone know of a video link floating around the web that shows Mr. Rodgers visiting the Kay factory on " career day". I have a customer who swears she's seen it with Kay basses going down an assembly line in the background. I have not been able to find it....
Yes, I've seen that video footage before. I think it is at the Englehardt factory. You might check with Mr. Mc Feely (seriously).
I don't know about bass number(
I have only tailpiece with "Kay " logo(but now without it)
I 'll try to post pict.
Here is pict
Looks like rosewood.
If I had to guess, I'd say walnut.
Walnut or Rosewood)
-1 I'm going the other way SUBIE - plain Brazilian from the sixties...
I'm of the walnut opinion. Molly, Jake, Mr. Stover or any other experts... is there a way to date them based on the material that is inlaid parallel to the top edge which the strings pass over? I dont know what you call it... tailpiece fret? Igor, what kind of strings are those?
It's Velvet Garbo strings
Man I hate to add to the confusion... BUT
The grain at the edges sure suggests mahogany, to me.
Walnut lightens over time- and I've never seen walnut this RED, but computer images don't always capture /reproduce color reliably.
I guess I'll throw in my vote for VERY poor quality rosewood.
How heavy is it?
Rosewood will usually weigh at least 50% more than walnut of the same volume.
10-4 on color fade...the flatsawn face just looks like it belongs on a Marlin 45-70.
Right, like Rosewood!