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Old 06-20-2010, 11:14 PM
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Default Different Body shapes (Ken Smith basses)

Hello,

I'd like to invite you all to discuss a bit about different body shapes Ken produced since he started making basses in the 70's.
More experienced Smith fans don't have much trouble identifying models but it isn't an easy task for new Smith users. With the help of the old guys and Ken I think we can help who is choosing his/her first bass, either new or used, and hopefully learn a little bit more about Smith history.
So, if you have any questions or want to comment something about Smith body shapes, this is the place. Photos and links are more than welcome, specially old models and rare Smith basses.

Here are the links to the 3 models Ken produces now (Ken, you can correct me if I'm wrong):

BSR model:
http://www.kensmithbasses.com/models...g(morado).html

BT model:
http://www.kensmithbasses.com/models...5gvintage.html

Fusion model:
http://www.kensmithbasses.com/models...hru/f6cw7p.htm


My personal favorite is the BT.


***Remember that this topic is about Ken Smith basses, ONLY, ok?

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Jose
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:50 PM
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My favorite is BSR, but I'd take a fusion without complaint. (I'd take any Smith without complaint!)

My personal favorite:
http://www.kensmithbasses.com/models...ss_quilmap.htm
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:42 AM
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i really like the BT/vintage shape with the big black headstocks, but would love to get a fusion body style.
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I'm a fan of the BSR because of it's more modern looks. I like the fusion as well but the BSR gets my #1 vote. I'm not really into vintage so the BT comes in last for me. However, I'll take a smith of any shape.
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What about the BMT?!?!?!

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:36 AM
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What about the BMT?!?!?!

The BMT was my first venture of something totally new after the BT which we had been making for about 12 years by then and had evolved along the way. The BSR was made a few years later by mixing the BMT shape with the BT bottom. The Fusion model was a combination of the BSR and the BMT. One model gives birth to another. Like having parents, it takes two, sometimes...
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One model gives birth to another. Like having parents, it takes two, sometimes...
So what's next Ken? Twins?

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:22 PM
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Ken,

Are there any differences in shape between Neck-thru and Bolt-on?

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:19 AM
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Are there any differences in shape between Neck-thru and Bolt-on?

Kind regards
The body wings are exactly the same. They either get glued to the neck or the center block which is tapered like the neck. The back heel shaping is different between the two as with the NT, we can carve it heel-less without the bolts in the way. We only make a few bolt-ons now to order. Mostly we make just the NT's.
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dear Ken,

Are there any differences between fusion and vintage body shape?

thank you
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:41 PM
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dear Ken,

Are there any differences between fusion and vintage body shape?

thank you
The Vintage is the older BT. The Fusion is a modified BSR shape. Mainly the placement of the BSR wings to the neck slightly offset a bit more and then the bottom curve instead of the point of the BSR (or BT).
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http://www.talkbass.com/threads/ken-...maple.1112337/
Is the bass in the link ken smith bmt?
He put it up saying its a 1997 bmt. But i thought it was a bsr shape.
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:46 AM
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http://www.talkbass.com/threads/ken-...maple.1112337/
Is the bass in the link ken smith bmt?
He put it up saying its a 1997 bmt. But i thought it was a bsr shape.
The last BMT's were the first BSR Elites. If the serial number says BMT, it is a BMT.
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