Check your serial numbers

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bassbob
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Check your serial numbers

Post by bassbob » Thu May 12, 2016 1:32 pm

Up here in the land of 10,00 lakes there have been several nice Kays for sale recently. The owners of said instruments in a couple of cases have represented the vintage as older than the serial numbers indicate. A '39 Kay at $5200 was actually a '52 or '53 C-1. That guy wasn't happy when I emailed him about the discrepancy. I'm thankful for Roger Stowers and everyone else who's put the time into documenting the manufacturing dates for all of us doghouse lovers.
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Re: Check your serial numbers

Post by wineaux » Wed May 25, 2016 9:45 pm

Great idea. I have Kay and Epi number sites bookmarked.
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Re: Check your serial numbers

Post by flip18436572 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:15 am

I asked for some serial numbers on Kays that were listed as in the 30's and 40's and neither would give them up, so I told them I would pass at looking at them, until I saw a photo of the serial number of that bass. Thanks for posting, as a reminder if you are interested in buying an older bass, make sure to check out the serial number to know what year it is, so you can verify when you go try it out.

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