4 Sale: Parts, Instruments, and Materials

Our primary focus is to keep your old bass in great running condition, but we regularly have basses available for sale and offer parts  for you or your local luthier to work on your own bass.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, call us  and ask.

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We are always interested in purchasing vintage US made basses in need of restoration, or those that others have deemed too far gone that we can use for parts.

Currently Available:

Vintage Pfretzschner replacement necks. We are getting ready to build a  batch of custom spec hotrod necks for vintage aluminum body Pfretzschner basses. These will be the removable neck model with the milled aluminum pegbox cheeks and breakdown scroll, high grade ebony fingerboards, cabon fiber neck inserts, and multiple exotic wood accents, 42″ scale.  Nobody else on the planet  makes bass necks like this! There is space for a couple of more in this run; after that he next production batch run will probably be summer 2016. Call for details.

1945 Kay 3/4 in original rootbeer sunburst. Nice player’s condition unrestored. This bass is in the que for a complete restoration and new full custom neck build from our shop. Get it before and have it built to your specs! Call for more info.

Late 1930s sunburst Pfretzschner aluminum bass, roundback 3/4. Very clean original condition with a uber rare factory original sunburst finish and faux flame maple. SOLD in record time!!!!

Mid 30s Pfretzschner  3/4 flatback aluminum bass. This one is owned by a friend of ours in the midwest and in need of restoration. Beyond cool, obscure, coveted, and  offered a very reasonable price. This one is pretty clean and dent free body under all of the years use. This bass has been sold and is undergoing a complete custom restoration and  and new neck build at our shop. We’ll try to blog the transformation for the rest of the enthusiasts!

American Standard parts! We recently acquired a couple of old American Standard basses in rough shape that were morphed into one very cool, roadworn bass for the shop. Lucky for someone out there, the end result is a new bass for us and a complete top and back in very good condition.  In two decades of vintage plywood bass restoration, this is the first time I’ve been able to offer up period correct vintage parts for sale for these very collectable basses!  Please call for more information and specifics.

mid 1930s Pfretzschner 3/4  mild custom aluminum bass with custom removable neck.  Sold to our friends  ar Bass Guitar Magazine in London!

1952 Kay C-1: Another nice factory spec rootbeer sunburst C1 with a surprise: the former owner was doing some light touring in Europe and had us set this up as an occasional use  removable neck conversion. Great classic Kay voice. Sold and currently gigging throughout the midwest.

1952 Kay M1 back! Excellent condition with beautiful curly maple outside layers. I don’t know who was the source, but the maple that they used from approx. 1951-1953 for old Kays is some of the finest and highly figured they ever used. Ready for your restoration or rebuild. Original label included on inside. Cherry cola sunburst, ready to glue on with no issues. sold.

1952 Kay M1 half rib garland. Sold and going to fix up a nice Chubby Jackson model 5 string!

Early  ’60s Kay C1 :  Rootbeer sunburst body serial # 45207,  3/4 size M1  in good condition. No neck issues, or breaks. The fingerboard has been removed, carbon fiber beams installed hidden inside the neck, and the fingerboard was glued back along with a 1/4″ ebony shim to get it up to a very comfortable  thickness. We do a lot of these style neck rebuilds and the results are always fantastic. Spirocores, new Despiau bridge;  a great old Kay with outstanding setup and playability. This is an awesome old Kay- the number one go to bass for gigs and jam sessions in the shop. $3000. SOLD!

Blonde 1939 Kay C1: Serial number 4195,  January 1939.  Sold !

Kay tailpiece medleyVintage Kay Brazilian rosewood tailpieces: ‘Always buying and selling nice examples of these; we usually have several original Kay tailpieces in stock.  We also offer very accurate reproductions and modern tailpiece interpretations- see our gallery images. Please call for prices and models available.




Wanted: Original Epiphone bass tailpiece with the brass logo badge intact. Sunburst or natural is ok. We’ve made a number of very accurate reproductions of these (see gallery images) in the past, but are on the hunt for a nice one to be able to clone the badge for a couple of people in need.

Vintage Kay  partial necks: The most common place for neck issues on old Kays is broken or badly damaged heels. We rebuild necks all of the time and regularly do full scroll grafts to keep the vintage look and mojo but add it to a properly sized and structural strength new neck. We’ve got a good supply of these partial  necks and full scrolls from every era for your restoration needs.

mid 1940s Pfretschner aluminum bass: 3/4 flatback.  SOLD!

Early 1930s AlCOA Aluminum bass: 3/4, unrestored . Original faux wood grain finish in good shape. Located in the Toronto area. SOLD!

We’re  looking for an AlCoA
in need of  major restoration for  a project here and  are always interested in damaged basses for restoration parts. Trades and offers are welcome.