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This is a list of model numbers somebody gave me. I cannot vouch for their accuracy (I owned a blonde TV-21 once), and Kay did some odd things over their history, but it's the only resource I've found:
  • C-1 - Concert, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded finish
  • Concert - rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, purfling top and back, shaded or blond
  • H-10 - 1/4 size school model, 61" length, later replaced by M-2 or M-3
  • Maestro - M-1, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded finish, blond finish optional. Later Maestro "School Model", ebonized rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded
  • M-1 - Maestro, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded finish, blond finish optional. Later Maestro "School Model", ebonized rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded
  • M-1B - later Maestro, blond
  • M-2 - 1/2 size late M-1, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, violin brown finish
  • M-3 - 1/4 size late M-1
  • M-4 - M1 with blond finish
  • M-5 - 5-string, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, side dots, shaded
  • M-5B - same as M-5, blond
  • M-7 Selmer Kay - purfling top&back, bound f-holes, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, gold-plated tuner plates engraved "Selmer"
  • Orchestra - ebonized fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded or blond
  • S-1 - Slap, thin body, Orchestra spec
  • S-2 - 1/2 size late S-1, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, golden brown finish
  • S-3 - thin body, Concert specs; later 1/4 size late S-1
  • S-4 - thin body, Maestro specs
  • S-5 - Swingmaster dance band model, ebony fb, purfling top&back, bound f-holes, blond, full depth body optional
  • S-6 - same as S-5, shaded finish
  • S-8 - Supreme, purfling top, back, and f-holes, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded; later renamed S-1
  • S-9 - Swingmaster, inlaid purfling, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, blond
  • S-10 - Swingmaster Mighty Midget, 1/3 smaller than S-9
  • S-51 - Chubby Jackson model, 5-strings, bound top, back, and f-holes, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, side position dots, shaded finish
  • S-51B - same as S-51, blond
  • TV1 - burnished gold finish
  • TV21 - two-tone copper and white finish



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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!

I welcome email with dissenting and additional viewpoints/information/updates that help improve my personal awareness and these content pages. If you have a question that you think belongs here, please let me know.
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