We primarily carry 1/2 and 3/4 (standard size) basses in stock, but periodically get 1/4 and 1/8 sizes where necessary. Basses are available in the following materials and combinations; we’ve added prices in order to give you an idea of range for each.
The ribs, back and top are made from a reasonably thin plywood, and the scroll, regular maple. These are durable for everyday use, and stand up well to Winter humidity fluctuations. We learned long ago to set these up with quality strings, and the difference is notable. The #100 series basses are priced at $2,000.00
Similar to the Plywood, but with a solid wood spruce top to emulate the resonance of fully carved basses. It’s a good compromise of sound and savings; our KC Strings #200 models are $2,600.00.
All of the materials used are carved from solid woods. The back is most often cut from two pieces of maple wood, with the ribs and neck cut from the same stock. The table is of spruce and the fingerboard high quality ebony; tuners may be more refined. A new #300 carved model is $3,700.00.
K.C. Strings Basses
We are proud to carry the Stringed basses from K.C. Strings of Merriam, Kansas. Below you’ll see the models that we try to keep in stock most of the year, subject to availability.
We can obtain replacements in just a few days. There are of course levels of bass beyond these that you can find described at the K.C. Strings website (click on their logo) which we can acquire promptly, too.
100 Series $2,000
Plywood or “laminated” models, painted purfling 1/2 or 3/4 size,.
200 Series $2,600
Hybrid style with solid spruce table, 3/4 size.
300 Series $3,700
Fully carved basses throughout, 3/4 size.
400 Series $6,000
A really nice fully carved bass, a little more refined than the 300. Ours has a light brown, gently antiqued finish.
Note: 7/8 size available in 200 and 300 models and up.
Other Basses In Stock
3/4 Size Fully Carved bass, used. $4,200
This one has a solidly repaired center seam opening, which we will of course warranty. It’s a finely made CA Strings #2, and was originally made to retail for $6K. We’re doing new fittings and strings, and it should be ready in Spring.
1/2 Size Fully Carved Czech bass, used, from Howard Core & Co. $2,950
Just a few years old, excellent condition, with Helicore Orchestral strings. Sold complete with bag and rehaired carbon bow