Friday, 11 January 2013

1960s Kent hollowbody short-scale model 743 bass
Short-scale basses are not for everyone and certainly don't suit certain styles of modern music, but I'm quite fond of these "little thumpers". I don't know what it sounds like or how playable it is or how well it is set-up, but for me this 1960s Kent hollowbody shortscale model 743 bass is an absolutely gorgeous piece of guitar design.

It's a Made in Japan masterpiece. Check out that slanted neck pickup; of course the Japanese guitar industry was heavily influenced by Mosrite, the chosen guitars of their instrumental axe-wielding heroes, The Ventures.

Witness also the triple binding around the sides of the instrument. Also, the tortoiseshell binding inside the f-holes and around the fingerboard. You get the impression that this was a real luxury edition.

Currently listed for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $849.

G L Wilson

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  1. what a beauty!

    and if you'd string it with baritone guitar gauge strings, you'd have a baritone tenor guitar - I'd love that!

    1. Or you could use "baritone ukulele" tuning.

  2. Luxury Edition..? It's dripping with it! Binding, 'inside' the f-holes? Nothing short of fantastic. Looks like the bridge cover has knurled knobs for speedy disassembly for muted playing.

  3. $849 seems like an incredible deal to me. Weirdly beautiful, just the way I like 'em.

    I have a Univox short scale bass from the late 60's - early 70's. I put roundwound strings on it and added a graphite nut. Everything else is stock. It is bright, brassy, and quite suitable for "modern" playing. Do not underestimate the "shortys", as they can be easlily tweeked.



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