This was basically a Kay C-1 with a beachwood possibly fingerboard. Epiphone had suspended their guitar production to make aileron parts for aircraft. They sound very dark, deep, are very responsive and quite easy to play on. £25 I think at woolworths in Hereford circa 1974. I was selling these in a music shop back in the mid 80's - rrp was £39.
Once we unlocked the mystery of what brand of bass we had, I discovered very little information existed on the history of the Epiphone upright bass. They were among the first guitars to use a type pickup, predating by some few years. The product line of Kay was shifted toward electric musical instruments on demands, and in 1964, the company moved to a new factory in. Most likely you can feel them with your finger through the F hole on the G side. When trying to evaluate an instrument, use the rule of thirds.
He was just making sure he wasnt holding an uninsured expensive instrument lol. As of 2013, production and sales of these guitars have continued. Quite often the serialnumber was also blind stamped some handwritten on the underside of the bridgefoot. Neck- Most all Epiphone basses were made with a two piece neck which allowed the scroll to be wider and the neck meatier than a Kay bass. Gretsch-label production started in '39.
The later models have the serial number stamped on the end of the fingerboard. In 1967, Kay was resold and merged with , but dissolved in 1968 due to financial problems. You are not permitted to re-use any text, information, or graphical elements on your own website; you may post links to it, or small excerpts, on message boards if properly attributed and linked back to our pages. Get more of what you want and more time to pay with PayPal Credit! They don't sound like a 'new' bass. To the best of my understanding Kay used pencil serial numbers along with the paper label until around the early 1940s. B-1 model was first officially introduced in January 1941 though production began in 1940 according to the Epiphone catalog it was their entry level bass. Van Eps was a master jazz guitar player and iconoclastic inventor, designing a seven-string guitar in the late 1930s that adds an extra bass string.
Bass production seemed to be halted during the war 1942-1945 and then resumed sometime in 1945 or so history says. The Gofriller, by far is his best model. No major repairs just small dings as expected for an older upright. Tail Badge- The iconic Epiphone tail badge was made of stamped brass with white enameled inlay. How Much is my old Kay bass worth? This bass is ready to play as is, but could use a professional set up.
You can see theses slight difference in the scrolls on close examination and comparison. There is a new ebony from Upton Bass, new nut, , , , and ebony tailpiece. Of the most choice woods…straight-grain spruce arch top, select curly maple full arched back and sides, finest maple neck, natural Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and rock maple tailpiece. The B-4 and B-5 models had tailpieces stained or sunburst colored to match the bass but still transparent enough to showcase the highly flamed wood. The lowest serial number B-1 in my database is 257 and the highest number is 696. What is the one most distinguishable characteristics of a B-3 is the purfling on the back of the bass goes up into the button of the heel and follows the circular outer shape. All examples are dark brown in color, have one single black pin stripe and no outer rib linings.
All I can say is study them closely and…you will know them when you see them. Tuners have been bright brass, chrome, nickel and dark nickel plated. He had also engraved for Tiffany Cartier, Michael c Fina, James Robinson, London Jewelers Harry Winston. Epiphone introduced for the first time a line of five upright bass models in their January 1941 catalog of instruments. German upright bass This is a very nice, flat-backed, German upright bass, possibly by M ǖller circa 1920. Most of the time, a more well used and roadworn Real honest gig wear- no poser fake wear distressing! The lack of the loop on the back and less flamed woods in the later models could have been signals to the decline of the Epiphone upright bass empire. I could not get it out of my mind.
The few skilled workers in the Philadelphia plant referred to the less skilled workers as butchers. This Kay bass has a simple gamba shape is all setup and ready to play with Pirastro strings. If they have been highly polished and given the custom treatment they may go for quite a lot more, but it depends upon the individual instrument. You may notice in the photos that the volutes are missing: this was part of a former refinishing job, and as Kay bass scrolls were made in bulk runs, the volutes were glued on separately and are easily removed for sanding, etc. In my estimation Epiphone manufactured approximately 3,087 upright basses from mid 1940 until early 1957. Be sure to click on any photo shown here for a larger, more detailed image.
Kay also manufactured versions of the Thin Twin guitar under the Sears and Old Kraftsman Spiegel brands. I have seen no examples of warped Epiphone necks, only sunken tops…my observation is the necks can with stand the tension but the three ply top can not. Conn Company based in Elkhart, Indiana. What's written here is by no means any kind of authoritative absolute answer, for I am not the world's greatest authority on bass not even close , or on much of anything else, for that matter. They also sell the Chicago Blues line of inexpensive harmonicas.
Otherwise, some more mainstream and widely adopted alternatives might be more useful. The Model 45 cello was its line partner. Blue Book of Acoustic Guitar Values. Dovetails changed over the years, so some shimming may be neccessary - but they fit most Kay models with little modification. While these two Bryants have now been sold, we have a terrific better! Again, take a good look at the page about When shopping around, it is important to be honest with both the buyer and seller. After I got my 2nd American Standard I had to let her go.