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Old 01-22-2007, 12:03 PM
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How could this forum be complete without a place to show off our beautiful instruments?

Let us see those Smith basses!!

Mine is a 2001 BSR4EG fretless and can be found on Ken's BSR Elite G page. It's the quilted maple BSR4EG fretless right in the middle of that row.

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I love looking at Smith basses so show em off!
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:07 AM
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Wow Bob!
I've only seen one KS bass down here... it was a 6 string and made my mouth water.
Mind you, I've just put strings on my '78 fretted jazz bass and it's really honking!
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:48 AM
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I was originally going to get a Jackson custom fretless bass but they "lost my order" after 5 months of a projected 9 went by, even though I had a printed copy of the order and a fax copy of the design. They refused to budge and said I would have to reorder and look at another 9 months for delivery so I told em to forget it (hind sight being 20/20 I'm very happy this happened). When I was in Guitar Center that day they had a used Smith 5 string (forget the exact model) there and I played it for about an hour. It was an incredible instrument. I still can't fathom what someone traded it in for. Anyway, I went home and did some research on Smith basses and the 2 days later was on a conference call with Guitar Center and Ken discussing the details of my custom bass order.


He projected 7 months if I recall and delivered it in 5. When I went to pick it up there were a lot of salivating people standing around admiring it when I walked in.

And Ken, I see you edited my post to add Smith to the title. I assumed people would know I meant show your Smith Bass. And how about showing us some of your personal favorite basses you have produced or currently still play?
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:36 AM
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I was originally going to get a Jackson custom fretless bass but they "lost my order" after 5 months of a projected 9 went by, even though I had a printed copy of the order and a fax copy of the design. They refused to budge and said I would have to reorder and look at another 9 months for delivery so I told em to forget it (hind sight being 20/20 I'm very happy this happened). When I was in Guitar Center that day they had a used Smith 5 string (forget the exact model) there and I played it for about an hour. It was an incredible instrument. I still can't fathom what someone traded it in for. Anyway, I went home and did some research on Smith basses and the 2 days later was on a conference call with Guitar Center and Ken discussing the details of my custom bass order.


He projected 7 months if I recall and delivered it in 5. When I went to pick it up there were a lot of salivating people standing around admiring it when I walked in.

And Ken, I see you edited my post to add Smith to the title. I assumed people would know I meant show your Smith Bass. And how about showing us some of your personal favorite basses you have produced or currently still play?
Well, that's a tough one. I play every Bass that goes out and once in awhile, a Bass hits me like real personally. It could be the feel, the sound, the looks or all of it.

I changed your title so there would be zero confusion about what we wanna see up here.

On the GC thing, just a friendly note, as we no longer do business with GC. Anyone wishing to buy a Smith, contact us directly so we can either steer you to a Smith dealer in your normal direct shopping area (your town) or sell you directly which we often do now as we have cut many of our dead-beat dealers in place of servicing our customers better.

Beautiful bass you have there by the way...

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Old 01-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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Hey Bob, I have to wonder myself when I hear of people getting rid of their Smith ... especially someone like Andrew Gouche, who recently sold his (older body style) 6 string on - believe it or not - his MYSPACE site ! On top of that, he endorses Tobias basses, and has about 5 or 6 of them.
I think I'm gonna throw up ...
I thank Ken for actually selling these things after finishing laboring for six months - hell, I would just keep them all for myself ! Which is exactly what I will do with this one ... Shame on you Andrew.
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:11 PM
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Beautiful quilted top you got there!

The 5 strings feel great! Would love to add that one to my collection

I have a new smith on the way... a KSD...
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Old 02-04-2007, 03:26 PM
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Default Finally!! A Smith Forum!!!

Man, am I glad to see this!

Thanks for setting this kind of thing up, Mr. Smith.

I am a loyal Smith player. I've had MANY basses and yours are the ones I keep coming back to... I shall never stray from the fold again.

Here's my baby, It's a BSR-6 Elite G with a Morado top & back.

I'm not the original owener... I think I'm the 3rd. But in it's history, the finish is not perfect. I'm wondering if you do refinshes to give it back that "like new" appearance and feel?

Oh, and by the way...
I call dibs on the first
BSR7EG / MD7 or BB7FE25 that gets posed for sale on this (or any) website!!





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Old 02-04-2007, 05:16 PM
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Yes, we do all sorts of restorations on our Basses unless it's been run over by a truck and then burned at the stake. If a Smith Bass can be restored, we will take the job.

On the 7-string, we had 2 of them in stock for quite a while and then in one week out of the blue, we get two separate calls and see them both..
Go figure..
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:16 AM
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Default Yeah sorta...

But I'm partial to darker tops and ever since ebay changed their policy to hide the names of bidders when the price exceeds a certain amount, I don't even participate.... too easy to get taken advantage of...ebay is for sellers... NOT buyers. Plus, at that price, I will save for a new one instead of a 2 year old one.

However, that IS a really nice looking one. I bet it plays like BUTTA!! I've been saving for 6 months, by the end of this year, I should be ready to place my order. Hopefully, there'll be a stoopid curly piece of cocobolo laying around!!
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Mr. Smith,

I think that your instruments are awesome and I am glad that you offer the refurbishing services. I shipped my CR5GMW to you today. It is outstanding that in this day and age you can pick up the phone and speak to the craftsman himself about your instrument.

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Here are a few shots of my four string (Tiger Wood obviously) with the 18 volt system nicely fitted inside.






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Default Rare... BT CUSTOM 4

Here is a very rare BT custom 4. /w Dunlop bridge. You can find out more info on this bass and bridge from ken.
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Here is mine, Ken Smith Burner Onyx from 98'





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Here is mine, Ken Smith Burner Onyx from 98'





My first Smith was a Burner 6 Onyx Black with Soapbar P/U's (in other words, just like this one except with 6 strings and Soapbar P/U's). Still have that bass today. It was actually THE LAST Burner 6 made. It was also the reason I came to love Smith basses over the last 14 years and to-date.
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Ok here is my Beauty #79490...The BEAST!!....This is a 1989 (3 KNOB!) custom black walnut, maple & mahogony core I do believe...Not sure what the dark wood running through the neck is....But the fret board is the most highly figured Ebony? I have ever seen...is it quarter sawn to get that figure?
It has been my baby for the last 6 years & is MINT...now two baby's later I may need to unload this treasure soon..but only to a players home....if I can bare to part with it!

Thanks Ken & crew!

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:51 PM
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Ok here is my Beauty #79490...The BEAST!!....This is a 1989 (3 KNOB!) custom black walnut, maple & mahogony core I do believe...Not sure what the dark wood running through the neck is....But the fret board is the most highly figured Ebony? I have ever seen...is it quarter sawn to get that figure?
It has been my baby for the last 6 years & is MINT...now two baby's later I may need to unload this treasure soon..but only to a players home....if I can bare to part with it!

Thanks Ken & crew!

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The number 794 90 is from 1990 unless it was numbered in advance which I doubt and was completed before the new year in '89. What is the actual date on the label? Can you show that?

The neck strips if dark brown are Morado.

The fingerboard is wavy grain ebony, possibly Macassar but could be Indian. Figure would be a pattern running across the grain like the flames in the walnut. Quartersawn grain would be straight up and down but can be wavy depending how the tree grew.
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