Abraham Prescott (LaFaro) Bass Violin ( Not Available for Sale)
Abraham Prescott (LaFaro) Bass Violin 3/4 Size, Flatback Model Gamba Upper Corners, Bussetto Lower Corners Made in New Hampshire, USA c. 1825 Former property of Scott LaFaro
Top table is a three-piece plate of slab-cut fir
Back table is a two-piece plate of moderately flamed maple with ebony inlay at the center joint
Ribs of matching maple to that of the back table
Scroll and neck are copies of Prescott made by Barrie Kolstein in 1987
Tuners are copies of Parson gears
Varnish is brownish amber
Overall body length: 43 1/2 in.
Width at the upper bout: 19 3/4 in.
Width at the center bout: 13 1/2 in.
Width at the lower bout: 26 1/2 in.
Mensure (string length): 41 1/4 in.
The only known video of Scott Lafaro playing his Prescott Bass, which was made in 1825 in Concord, New Hampshire by Abraham Prescott. This clip is an excerpt from the April 1958 Bobby Troup 'Stars of Jazz' show featuring the Richie Kamuca Quintet The Prescott bass was heavily damaged by fire in the accident that took Scotty's life, but was restored by Barrie Kolstein.