Here we have a cool little early sixties short scale bass from the prolific Chicago builder. The K5961 was Kay’s bass offering in a line that included multi-pick up guitar variations and a six string bass, which, in 1960, must have been one of the first to the market. She has a Maple laminate body, a steel reinforced Maple neck and a Maple fret board with brass frets and faux tortoise shell dots. This example is reasonably clean, showing some dings, small scratches and a small dent in the metal pick-up cover. Otherwise she is all original except for the nut, which has been replaced, and the back of the neck, which has been refinished. The bridge on this instrument, although period and correct, may not be original. She retains her headstock plate, tail piece and pick-up as well as four Kluson Deluxe guitar size turners, which Kay phased out early in the history of this line. She’s a thumpy piece of early 60’s cool with a sound all her own. She will ship in a gig bag.

Year Condition Color Case
~1962 Good Yellow to Black Burst GigBag

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