Offered for sale:

Vintage 1951 Kay C-1 Model Double Bass Viol serial number 23074.

This classic gamba pattern upright bass is in very good condition and a strong player.

Cosmetically there are marks and nicks along with finish wear about the instrument. It shows a long history of playing time and patina but no cracks or any abuse.

Kay basses were mass produced plywood basses that were very durable and also affordable, there are still a lot of them being played today. Traditional fully carved European basses, sought after by professional orchestra players, are more fragile and do not hold up well to the rigors of touring, in addition they could easily cost many times the price of these Kay C-1’s.

All of the early rockabilly, blues, country and bluegrass recordings, not to mention jazz, have an upright bass as the electric bass was yet to be invented, and many of those recordings have someone playing a Kay bass. The fact that these Kay basses have survived all these decades speaks to the rugged strength of these instruments.

Along with Kay there were other manufacturers, like Epiphone and American Standard, but Kay was the most widely available and remains popular to this day.

“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship.”

Gig bag included.

Local pickup only.

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available.

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Very Good
26 Years
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
New Paltz, NY
12:28 AM
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues. - Fri. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat. Mondays by appointment only

We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, as well as certified checks and bank-to-bank wire transfers. Trades and consignments also welcome. Bank to bank wire transfers seem to work best on foreign orders.

All shipments made by us are fully insured. Also, all new products are fully covered by the manufacturer's warranty and used gear usually carries our 30 day mail order warranty. Most stringed instruments sold by IGS are shipped UPS Ground service for $50.00 to $100.00 for the 48 Contiguous states. (Overnight Red Label is also available). Please call on each item. GUITAR FREIGHT (Foreign) We ship instruments world wide. Our shipping department prides itself in its ability to safely deliver guitars anywhere in the world. We use Fex Ex Great Rates service, wherever possible. You are responsible for any import duties, V.A.T., etc. on delivery. It is advisable to consult with your local customs office.

48-hour approval on most items