KAY and ENGELHARDT BASSES: Serial Number Lists

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!

INSTRUCTIONS: 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.
 
 
 
Kay Basses
(1937-1969)
Engelhardt Basses
(1970-present)
YEAR Beginning Serial
1937 0
1938 800
1939 2200
1940 4700
1941 7200
1942 9700
1943 10500
1944 11300
1945 12000
1946 13000
1947 15000
1948 17000
1949 19000
1950 22000
1951 25000
1952 28000
1953 31000
1954 34000
1955 37000
1956 38000
1957 39000
1958 40000
1959 41000
1960 42000
1961 43000
1962 44800
1963 46600
1964 48400
1965 50000
1966 52500
1967 55000
1968 56000
1969 57000
YEAR Beginning Serial
1970 260
1971 2563
1972 3885
1973 5595
1974 8047
1975 11474
1976 14007
1977 17043
1978 19729
1979 22449
1980 24625
1981 26839
1982 29155
1983 31064
1984 33265
1985 34968
1986 36706
1987 38888
1988 41320
1989 44132
1990 47305
1991 50797
1992 54185
1993 57442
1994 60339
1995 63392
1996 66510
1997 69533
1998 72650
1999 75801
2000 78836
2001 81485
2002 83571
2003 85145
2004 86567
2005 87977
2006 88961
2007 89829
2008 90688
2009 91352
2010 91856
2011 92357
2012 92684
2013 93242
2014 93509
2015 93815
2016

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