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Kay K-162 semi-acoustic bass - aka "the Howlin Wolf bass"

I'm now offering this amazing instrument with a price reduction.
My buddy Tank has very reluctantly asked me to list his rare, distinctive and utterly fabulous retro Kay bass for him, so here it is in all its glory.
It's a classic modern reissue of the Kay K-162 semi-acoustic bass - aka "the Howlin Wolf bass" because Andrew Acmahon was pictured playing one in a famous 1964 set of pics of Wolf playing at Silvio's in Chicago - and is as stunning a semi-acoustic bass as you'll find anywhere.

This example is in almost mint condition - the only things I can see are a few tiny lacquer cracks around the jack socket - and plays like a dream, having been professionally set up last year by Essex bass player and repairman James Payce. While he was at it, James also matted down the finish on back of the neck, making it a much more comfortable proposition to play on sweaty gigs - he did a lovely job on that, too.

It's fitted with flatwound strings and as you might expect, offers a great range of retro tones - from virtual double bass (via the bass cut switch) to fat, in-the-pocket soul and blues grooves and classic clunky Sixties pop bass when played with a pick - all combined with modern playability and reliability.

Here's one of a number of glowing reviews you'll find online…/Kay_K162_Pro_Bass_Review

From the gorgeous, figured top to the distinctive headstock and that fabulous brown-and-white fitted cash, this bass is an absolute stunner. When new, they had an rrp or just under £1,000. Now discontinued, I believe, and as rare as hen's teeth (Tank spent ages looking for one), this is a steal for the price he's asking, but it's priced to sell.

Not interested in swaps, I'm afraid, or in shipping an instrument as fragile and beautiful as this. However, between us, Tank and I travel a fair bit, so I'd be prepared to talk about personally delivering within about 100 miles of the CM0 postcode area in exchange for fuel money.

Alternatively, if you're interested in trying it, you'd be very welcome to come to Essex and play it through a variety of great bass rigs in our studio ( but be warned... if you play it you'll want it!

Left/Right Handed: Right
Listing created Mar 20, 2019

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