Rare 1952 vintage KAY BASS GUITAR K162 & tube AMPLIFIER 600-V 615, all original

Rare 1952 vintage KAY BASS GUITAR K162 & tube AMPLIFIER 600-V 615, all original

Please be patient while they download. Rare Kay model K-162 electric Bass Guitar and exceedingly rare Kay vacuum tube Guitar Amplifier model K 600-V, both in perfect working order! Here we go for the second time… What I learned on the internet is that the model K-162 was first offered in 1952 and is the second electronic Bass Guitar ever to appear in the market. These guitars are iconic and sought after by collectors. At the same time, in 1952, Kay also offered it’s first vacuum tube amplifier, the model K 600-V. These early iconic tube amplifiers are hard to find in general; but the Kay K 600-V is impossible to find! The Kay K-162 Electronic Bass Guitar. Kay introduced the Model K 162 Bass in 1952 in response to Leo Fenders 1951 Precision Bass, it is therefore the second electric bass produced. Fender’s precision Bass was a solid body which makes the K 162 the first ever electric hollow body Bass. Fender eventually bought the Epiphone line to enter the hollow body bass guitar market. The K162 features a hollow, closed body with a flat top with twin longitudinal tone bars, no sound post, and an arched laminated back. It has the distinctive hollow-body resonance but with feedback resistance. The sound has been described by experts as, remarkably warm, round and fat. The neck has a very large profile and feels substantial! This model became known as the Howlin Wolf bass because it was used by the Wolfs bassist, Andrew Blueblood McMahon. You can hear it on early recordings and see it on some of the surviving footage of Howlin Wolf shows. While there is regrettably not a lot of footage of Howlin Wolf performances, its well worth looking for. On later footage, McMahon uses a solid body Gibson EB. More recently, the K 162 has been used by Sheryl Crows bassist. In 2010, Roger Fritz was commissioned by Tony Blair to develop the reissue line of the Kay guitars, among them the K 162. This rare iconic guitar is in all original condition! No touch up, no replacement parts, even the hard case it came with is still present. Knobs and machine heads are original too and work perfect. There is no noticeable wear and tear on the finger board and frets, see pictures #19, 20, and others. There is some paint loss on the neck, see pictures #9, 10; and on the body, see pictures #13, 21. The neck is as straight as can be! This guitar feels solid! The original case is falling apart as the seems opened up. It is all there and I’m sure a skilled individual with the right industrial or heavy duty sewing machine will be able to sew it back together. There is some duct tape dried up residue on the surface of the faux crocodile skin surface. I all will come off without damaging the skin with Turpentine and some elbow grease, see picture #25 – 27. The center of picture #26 shows a spot I cleaned with Turpentine. The Kay K 600-V Guitar Amplifier. This is probably one of only two surviving amps of the Kay 600-V. Introduce in 1952, the K 600-V features a Jensen 15 speaker with a permanent magnet and a push-pull output stage utilizing two 6V6 beam power amplifier vacuum tubes. In all there are seven tubes; three 6SJ7, one 6SL7, two 6V6, and one 5Y3. The two 6V6 tubes typically deliver 13 to 15 Watts RMS (Root Means Square) or in other words, continuous power output. According to the official catalog, the model 600 had only a 12″ speaker, and the model 615 had a 15″ speaker. The discrepancies are an indication that they did not make many and were still experimenting. I will include a complete set of additional tubes, all seven, in case one of the tubes should unexpectedly die. One of the Sylvania tubes original to the tube amp, the 6SL7, has the middle part of its Bakelite socket broken off and needs to be inserted by paying attention to its position of the pins, see picture #46. The position of the center pin marking is marked on the Bakelite socket. The test results shown by my TV-7 are the numbers on top of the boxes in the pictures with the tubes, the number for the required reading for a good tube are behind in parentheses. Fortunately, Kay stapled a carton with the schematics to the inside of the wooden case which will be helpful should something stop working. As you can see in the pictures showing the Schematics, it was at best a low production number amp; the writing looks like it was done by a lab employee not very skilled in writing, see picture #39. This amp has four input jacks plus an additional input jack to activate the VIBRO. INPUT SPEED STRENGTH FOOT SWITCH. This foot switch is not present any longer, sorry! The amp has five pot-meters; for volume-instrument, volume-microphone, vibro-strenght, vibro-speed, and tone. The amp and the guitar were manufactured by KAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CO. It seems that the tubes are still the original tubes (Sylvania). I tested all the tubes with my TV-7 tube tester and they all are perfect. The 6V6 pair is a matched pair! One of the Sylvania tubes original to the tube amp, the 6SL5, has the middle part of its Bakelite socket broken off and needs to be inserted by paying attention to its position of the pins, see picture #46. There are no repairs or defects I can find. The only thing I was able to find is a missing rubber foot, see picture #35. The letter “K” from the logo was a little bit bent. I bent it back and it did not break. I found a NOS Kay logo which I will include in case you need it, see picture #40, 45. Just in case to be sure that nothing happens. I pack very well and spend usually hours doing it right with the right size box and appropriate packing material. THIS ITEM WILL SELL AT ANY PRICE! Do not hesitate to call me if you have a problem. You need to let me know within two days how you will be paying. Some buyers are aware of this and know that they will end up with the item for free. This kind of fraud is on the rise and I’m not willing to lose items because of it, sorry! I speak English and German. Amplifier: 26″ by 21″ by 16, and the weight is 42 lbs. My descriptions and my pictures are never designed to misrepresent or over-embellish my items. My reputation is very important to me. I will try everything reasonable to make you happy! The item “Rare 1952 vintage KAY BASS GUITAR K162 & tube AMPLIFIER 600-V 615, all original” is in sale since Friday, February 17, 2017. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars”. The seller is “rarestfinds” and is located in Holland, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.

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