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KAY and ENGELHARDT BASSES: Serial Number Lists
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Trying to determine when your bass was made? Here's a convenient list of serial numbers from Kay basses and those of their successors, Engelhardt. The original Kay serial number list was originally compiled and published by Roger Stowers at his amazing Kay Bass resource site
; the serial number list has now been duplicated extensively across the web, which is why I am sharing it with you here - but if you're looking for Kay information, his site is a great place to start!
Each serial number on the chart is the FIRST bass made that year; if your bass comes after that number (but before the next year's first serial number on the chart) then your bass was made that year. So find the first
number on the chart that is higher
than the serial number on your bass - your bass was made the year before that.
Example 1: if your Kay Bass serial number is 25521, your bass was made in 1951.
Example 2: if your Engelhardt Bass serial number is 88000, your bass was made in 2005.
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The Fine Print:The information contained herein is based on what's in my brain — and/or my observations and opinions from my personal experiences (and those of Bob, before me) — as of this moment today, and is subject to change. I'm sure that a great deal more information and detail could be added — but the intent of these writings is to present easily understood, quick FAQs, to address common questions and improve the reader's general knowledge.
What's written here is by no means any kind of authoritative absolute answer, for I am not the world's greatest authority on bass (not even close), or on much of anything else, for that matter. So, by all means, get a second opinion, and know that all the information provided here is for general informational purposes only. I am not providing professional advice; be aware that, where applicable, any information acted upon is at your own risk.
I simply and sincerely hope the information and opinions here are helpful to you on your quest for knowledge about the bass and related subjects... that's the point!
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