From Kaybass.com: “#9497 is a Kay Model 89 Built for Gretsch in our 1940 number bracket. Gretsch called it the Tone King.”
This Kay came to us with simply a handwritten serial inside (seen before in really early Kays). With the condition, we thought it may be an orphan from the Engelhardt / Kay auction in the early 70s – turns out it is registered with the Kaybass.com site as a Model 89 – Very similar to the Kay C-1 but built for Gretsch (no Kay label). These rare 89s have a distinctive sunburst pattern, this one apparently has been resprayed to some extent.
SO – bottom line, a rare early 1940’s Gretsch version by Kay – not a 70’s Engelhardt!
A classic American plywood bass, ready for a new home. Realist pickup included.
A Kay Model 89 built for Gretsch in the early 40s!
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