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themaestro

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Sep 28th, 2016 02:17 PM        

It really is a baby-- a baby bass.<br /> <br /> My son ran across this in an antique shop in western Kansas.<br /> <br /> 24 inch scale(!). It's basically the size of a guitar. It's probably a Kent, built around '64-'68, judging from info found on the Internet. There is no identifying maker or model, but there are two paper tags on the back. One is partially missing.<br /> <br /> 558-146xx<br /> WO. 20481<br /> <br /> Everything is there and everything works. A shim in the neck pocket brought the strings down to the fingerboard. Intonation gets just a little sharp high on the neck, but not so bad as to be unusable. The bridge is non-adjustable except for height and a little slop fore and aft. <br /> <br /> It should be a fun piece to whip out on unsuspecting band members.<br /> <br />



Raymundo2.0

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Sep 29th, 2016 07:50 AM        

Nice score. What does it sound like overall?



JackL

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Sep 29th, 2016 10:02 AM        

Back in '66, my first "band", the bass "player" had one of those...and it was a Kent! I was the guitar "player" with a St. George. Good times!



themaestro

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Sep 29th, 2016 11:33 AM        

It sounds surprisingly good. A fairly crisp sound for such a short scale. I don't know what the strings are, other than roundwounds. As opposed to shortscale gibsons, the pickup is a single coil instead of a humbucker. The sound is not very muddy at all. In fact, I turn the tone knob down a little to get rid of a trebly attack. However, the pickup is somewhat microphonic. If I can find something physically the same size, I may try to replace it. <br /> <br /> I wouldn't mind changing parts out, but I don't want to make modifications that would preclude putting the original stuff back in. However, I seriously doubt this thing will ever be worth very much. As the saying goes, "for entertainment purposes only."



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Sep 30th, 2016 01:13 AM        

Looks cute!



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