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Old 08-24-2009, 01:36 PM
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Question Aloha from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Aloha from the calm island, Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea, on the east side of Spain. I have been a Ken Smith bass lover for more than 10 years, since I saw that old John Patitucci video... what a bass. I remember watching this video...sooo many times.



Now I have the chance, for once in my life to purchase one of the beauties made by Mr. Smith

Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:31 PM
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Now I have the chance, for once in my life to purchase one of the beauties made by Mr. Smith

Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
Are you wanting to buy this bass?
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:39 PM
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It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

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Can you post a pic of the complete back side of this bass?
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:48 PM
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Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
Here's my take: Looks like Kens MS series bass, however, I don't think he made the MS Series in 1997.

Anyway, looks like MS Series, solid maple body wings, probably a 3pc maple neck (can't tell without seeing the back), pau ferro fingerboard for sure, Smith humbucker P/U's. Given you stated it's a 1997 model, it would have the 9v pre-amp with the 3-band EQ.

I cannot tell from the pic, however, the machine heads look like they are gold. If this is true, then either the bridge or the machine heads have been changed out from the original hardware. If the machine heads are chrome, like the bridge in the picture, then it's probably the original hardware.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:50 PM
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Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
Do you know why the truss rod cover is off? Do you know if the truss rod is fully functional?
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:54 PM
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Now I have the chance, for once in my life to purchase one of the beauties made by Mr. Smith

Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
At any rate, if the bass is in full un-altered working order, as it was originally designed, and you are interested in buying it, I don't think you would be disappointed. However, if you have a chance to see this bass AND play it in your hands, I would suggest doing so. Also, take the time to ensure the truss rod works as it should, neck is straight and the electronics are what you would expect to see in this bass.

Other than that, good luck!
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:55 PM
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Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
Other than the model uncertainty, I feel good about the information I provided you, however, in the end Ken would be the best source for identifying this bass. If you can provide him with the serial number, he may be able to help you better.
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:04 PM
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Aloha from the calm island, Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea, on the east side of Spain. I have been a Ken Smith bass lover for more than 10 years, since I saw that old John Patitucci video... what a bass. I remember watching this video...sooo many times.



Now I have the chance, for once in my life to purchase one of the beauties made by Mr. Smith

Maybe this is not the exact place for asking this, but i'm on a hurry and I want to identify this bass as soon as possible, and your help would be very appreciated:

It was made in 1997, and it's all I know... so please, help me!



Thank you and keep playin´

Joseph
This is a BSR6M model bolt-on bass in Tiger maple with quilt maple centerblock. It is the lowest cost bass we make in a 6-string. This is the NEW model here.

In 1997, the basses had a single battery, 9v system. Today it has 2 batteries in parallel (18v) for longer life and some other added circuit features. The price 12 years ago for the 6M model was much much lower than it is today by maybe half in price give or take. When buying used, take in to consideration the condition and estimated cost to refurbish it entirely before even considering comparing it to the price of a new mode, new updated specs and features and new warranty. With used basses, there is no warranty or close comparison to the value of a new un-used bass.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:58 PM
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Hi again,

Thank you so much for the answers recieved, I really appreciate your help so much: Tim, Ken both thumbs up!!!! Well, finally the bass has been identified, and answering Tim's first question: Yes I´m considering seriously purchasing it. The seller asks for 2,501.114 USD. What do you think?

I don't know why the truss rod cover is off. Maybe I could buy another cover from Ken´s website: Please let me know if this would be possible.

Any other comments, thoughts and advices would be also very appreciated. Thank you all!

Kindest regards

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Old 08-24-2009, 08:34 PM
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Hi again,

Tim's first question: Yes I´m considering seriously purchasing it. The seller asks for 2,501.114 USD. What do you think?

Any other comments, thoughts and advices would be also very appreciated. Thank you all!

Kindest regards

Joseph
$2,501.00 USD (used) for that particular model is on the high side. Not knowing the overall condition, functionality, originality, etc., makes it difficult to price accurately. However, if the bass is in tip-top-condition, I'd offer in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 USD. Part of your pricing issue will most likely be realted to where you are located. With Smith basses hard to find where you live, you may have to pay a bit more.

Good luck either way!
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:53 PM
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$2,501.00 USD (used) for that particular model is on the high side. Not knowing the overall condition, functionality, originality, etc., makes it difficult to price accurately. However, if the bass is in tip-top-condition, I'd offer in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 USD. Part of your pricing issue will most likely be realted to where you are located. With Smith basses hard to find where you live, you may have to pay a bit more.

Good luck either way!
Yes, you are totally right. Here in Spain or even in Europe it's very hard to find Smith basses, so I think it's a fair price for this 6-string bassic model. Thank you for you words, won't be forgotten

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Something new Joseph ?
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Something new Joseph ?
Ça va Frederic

Well, I'm still considering...
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hola joseph !

You can find some KSB in Madrid at http://www.zerodbs.com/stock_bajos.html
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