4 Sale: Parts, Instruments, and Materials

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We are always interested in purchasing vintage US made basses in need of restoration, or models we can use for parts.

Currently Available:

1947 American standard. This one just came in – a great sounding old American Standard bass with just the right amount of mojo, a huge voice, no neck breaks or repairs, and setup fantastic ready to gig anywhere. We’ll be giving it a full workover and dial everything in perfect over the next few weeks before it goes out. These are our favorites and getting harder to find. $3200.

Vintage American Standard bass parts. We recently acquired 3 vintage American Standard upright basses for parts, so we have tops, backs, necks, rib garlands, tailpieces, and tuning machines in good working condition available to complete your restoration or for us to pimp out your ride. Brown ‘burst, cherry sunburst, and light brown colors available, including the first year of production with the patent applied for labels! Very difficult to find. Call for details.

1934 King Bass Back. Blonde, first year of production, #159, heavy curly maple figure, medium wear. Call for details and photos.

1945 Kay 3/4 in original rootbeer sunburst. Nice player’s condition unrestored. This bass is being retored with a new full custom neck. Have it built to your specs! Call now before it goes out on tour!

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

Mid 30s Pfretzschner  3/4 flatback aluminum bass. Beyond cool, obscure, coveted, and  offered a very reasonable price. This one is pretty clean and dent free. 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.

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

1952 Kay C-1: Another nice factory spec rootbeer sunburst C1. 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.