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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American Standard #2753. What more do we need to say: this is an excellent sounding and condition vintage American Standard bass that we have helped maintain for many years, in the classic interpretation of rootbeer sunburst color. 100% ready with no issues or neck repairs. Universally coveted by players of all genres for one of the best voices around. A great old bass at a fair price of $3700.
New Standard, La Scala Hybrid,#206. A GREAT sounding and playing modern bass with origins from the shop of our great friend and mentor, Arnold Schnitzer. Recent new setup and fingerboard dress at our shop. This one is happenin’ bass! Call for more info.
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. $2200
Mid 1930s Pfretzschner 3/4 flatback aluminum bass: Clean original polished aluminum body; recent complete “frame off” restoration and upgraded with one of our custom made removable necks for the ultimate in stageworthy travel bass. As far as we know, this is the only highly functional removable neck vintage Pfretzschner aluminum bass in the country! If you play with a flashy band up under the stage lights, or want the ultimate in roadworth durability, it just does not get any more hip than this. This one has been making cameo appearances with some of the hotter bands around the local area, field testing the new setup and goods. Call for more details.
1952 Kay M1 back! Excellent condition with beautifl 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. $450
1952 Kay M1 half rib garland. Player’s side upper bout, lower bout, C bout, and corner blocks from a beautiful highly curly figure original vintage Kay C1, ready to go for your restoration, cherry cola sunburst. $299
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. This is a classic butterscotch blonde finish model with just the right amount of mojo; an excellent working example of the most collectable model pre-war vintage Kay bass made. Sold !
Vintage 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. This one has been rode hard and extensively toured with by many Nashville players over the years. We’ve completely gone through it. The neck has been reinforced with internal carbon fiber beams. SOLD!
Early 1930s AlCOA Aluminum bass: 3/4, unrestored . Original faux wood grain finish in good shape. Located in the Toronto area. SOLD!
Early 1930s AlCoA aluminum bass: 3/4, unrestored. Two of these are available from one of our friends in the Detroit area. Local pickup only, $1800 each.
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.