SOLD: Kay C1 Double Bass Viol, 1958


SOLD: Kay C-1 Model Double Bass Viol, 1958 ser. 40453. Classic gamba pattern Kay C-1 upright bass, very original and a healthy player.


SOLD: Kay C-1 Model Double Bass Viol, 1958 ser. 40453

Classic gamba pattern Kay C-1 upright bass, healthy but unrestored. This Late 50’s vintage Kay bass features a two-tone sunburst. Neck heel crack repair shows no signs of shifting, repair said to be from the 1980s – if that’s the case, it’s quite dependable! Has some pretty pronounced scuff marks on the player’s side and the lower edges, but pretty healthy for this rock ‘n roll era mainstay.


Looking for a classic American plywood double bass? You owe it to yourself to compare the UB Standard Laminate to anything out there at the price. Entirely built in our shop in Mystic (“Everything but the metal bits!”) our plywoods are enjoyed by players at all levels with superior sound, feel, setup and build quality!

Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world-class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at for more info on this Kay C-1 upright bass or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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