A PIECE OF HISTORY
The Kay Musical Instrument Company made amplifiers and a wide variety of stringed instruments from the 1930s to the 1960s, but among bass players, the company is best known for its uprights. Kay was also an early purveyor of electric basses, however: The K-162 “Electronic” Pro Bass, unveiled in 1952, was the very first production hollowbody bass; its association with Howlin’ Wolf bassist Andrew “Blueblood” McMahon led to its being nicknamed the “Howlin’ Wolf bass.”
Five years later, the company introduced the apparently higher-quality gold “K” series, which included the K5970 Jazz Special Bass and its distinctive, oversized headstock. The entire line was discontinued in 1962, but the Jazz Special Bass has enjoyed a couple brushes with fame: In the summer of ’63, Surfaris bassist Pat Connolly used one to lay down the bass line for “Wipe Out,” while Paul McCartney played one in the video for “Ebony and Ivory” in 1982.
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