Kay Logo Vinyl Sticker Emblem for Bass Tailpiece
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If you've always wanted to add the old "Kay" logo to your tailpiece, but shuddered at the thought of drilling holes through the ebony to install a metal badge (and aren't really sure you could put a waterslide decal on without screwing it up), I have a cheap, reversible alternative for you.
This repro is done in custom-cut gold vinyl, and is easily installed on any tailpiece. It is also easily removed, and won't leave any damaging residue behind, so if you change your mind? No harm, no foul.
It's modeled after one of the decals that once did appear on Kay basses. The originals were "waterslide" decals that were installed at the factory; they were very much like the ones that I used to put on my Snap-Tite model kits back in the 70s and 80s. They aren't that big a deal to apply, and there are people out there who are making reproductions of them. However, they are pretty much permanent. If you fancy something with less commitment, this is your answer.
Installation is a snap - locate where you want the decal to be, peel back the application tape so that the decal is on the tape (in reverse) and press it down on the tailpiece. Peel back the application tape and it leaves behind the sticker. Easy-peasy! You don't have to remove the tailpiece or even the strings. 5 minutes, tops! I've even upgraded the application tape to a new clear tape to make it even easier to align.
TAILPIECE NOT INCLUDED, the photos show an example of the emblem installed on a typical bass tailpiece.
Clearly, this isn't something I'd recommend getting for a restoration job. It's not "historically accurate" and won't stand up to the scrutiny of a "Kay Bass Purist." (Is there such a thing?) But if you'd love to add that look, cheaply and non-permanently, this would seem to be your best bet. And who am I to judge if you put it on your Engelhardt? I won't tell... ;-)
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED! We've written up easy instructions to help you install the badge on your bass' tailpiece. And the video on this page also explains the process.