1939 Kay S-51 5 String Upright Bass, Removable Neck Travel Bass w Custom Case and Appraisal

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About This Listing

I love Kay basses and bought this bass in pieces from someone on eBay that thought it was a cello.  My main bass is the same model so I kept it around as back up for parts just in case.  I began touring with a band and having to fly to certain gigs.  After enough bad back line experiences and some research into travel basses I had Bill Merchant in NYC install his removable neck joint.  Next it went to Kolstein's in Baldwin NY for a new fingerboard, adjustable bridge, graphite endpin, seam work, edge grafts, setup and written appraisal. 

I spent two years slowly repairing small chips and separations on the edges myself.  Everything is solid and ready to go.  I'm no longer touring so I want to sell it and have my other bass set up the same way.

The written appraisal from Kolstein's before all edges and refinishing was complete is for $4800 for just the bass.  The trunk by Lemur Music was purchased for $1800.  I will accept offers on just the bass and case.  Considering how expensive new travel basses are having a vintage American made instrument instead as an option, kinda nice....

It is currently strung with a Low B. Thomastik Belcanto rope core strings are on it now.  Will restring with a new set of Spirocores if preferred.

It takes about 5 minutes to take apart or put the bass back together.  After a few times it gets easy and doesn't seem so weird.  Having the bass travel in a van with the neck protected was also a huge benefit to this bass.
I toured and flew with the instrument for 3 years.  It weighed in under the baggage weight limit and would only be charged extra for being odd/oversize by certain airlines depending on each airport's policy.  I never paid more than $125 extra to fly with it.                                                                                               

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed2 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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