I picked a dirty but reasonably intact Kent "Electric Bass" this weekend at a auction in rural Virginia. The cost, let us say I couldn't pass it up AND it came with what seems to be a vintage (non-chipboard) hardshell case. The bass is a definitely a "knockoff" of a Fender model and was made not in Japan but in Korea.
As for condition, it's been used....hard. Two of the tuning machine keys are missing yet the tuning machine covers and gears are still intact. (Does anyone know if I can just replace the missing keys?)
The pickguard is cracked and missing an inch of two just above the input jack but enough of it remains that I will be able to trace and cut a new one, an exact replacement (WD doesn't sell them as far as I know). If anyone knows of a source for a replacement pickguard please chime in.
Also missing are the Vol & Tone pots, I'll have to get new ones.
Frets aren't worn to the point of needing replacement but can use some shaping, a plus is there are no dents dings to back of the neck. The body shows wear, numerous scuffs, light scratches and dings/dents along with a missing chip of paint or two.
I don't know much about bass guitars this being my first, I've never played one never mind picked one up or held one. From what I've seen online this appears to be a "short-scale" version of a Fender Precision Bass. Am I correct? (see pics).
If anyone has an info or feedback please post and educate me on my find.
I don't know if I'll be keeping this, if anyone is a Kent fan and is interested in it please PM me.
In the meantime I'll be cleaning her up and sourcing parts including pickguard material (possibly GFS/Guitarfetish).
Last edited: Jan 23, 2019 02:24:41