SOLD: Kay Upright Bass Viol C1 c1951


SOLD: A classic 1950’s Kay Upright Bass Viol with the desirable “sunburst” effect. In good physical condition.



Kay Double Bass Viol C1, circa 1951, SN 27113: This Kay Bass is in good physical condition and features the highly desirable “sunburst” finish popular throughout the 1950’s. It has a simple gamba shape is all setup and ready to play with Spirocore strings and bridge adjusters. It has all of its original parts including the maple neck, ebony fingerboard, and Kluson tuners.

If the storied basses of classic vintage Americana speak to you, this Kay could be for you. If you are looking for a handmade American plywood bass that is made just for you, why not begin the story of your own classic bass with a UB Standard Model today?

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 or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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