Selling my beloved Ken Smith BMT 5 Flamed Maple Top
Top of the line Smith model from the 90s with 7pc Body and 7pc neck (similar to the 25th Anniversary Model)
First BMT body shape
Highly Figured Flamed Maple Top and Back
Macassar Ebony board
7pc Maple Neck with Shedua Stripes
18 mm spacing
Original Smith 3-bd BMT preamp with Push/Pull Passive switch on Volume
Original Smith Pickups
Original Smith Gold Hardware
Birth year: 1993
An exceptional Smith in every aspect. BMT models have been built by Ken from 1993 until 1997 - This is one of the very first BMTs ever built. I owned >20 Smith Elite basses in the past 15 years and this one was among the first and survived them all.
Bass has been played a lot but very well cared for. Some wear and dings/dongs all over the body but as you can see in the pics nothing that makes this wonderful bass less desirable.
Structurally the bass is in perfect working condition.
Super fast and low action ! Frets are still in good shape.
These older BMT's have a real through neck. You can see the difference to newer models on the back: The newer Smiths have a soundblock laminated to the back of the neck, the older ones are produced completely through the back too. The reason for change is simple: the older version needs a lot more wood in ONE piece and much more effort to produce, the newer necks could be sawn out of smaller pieces.
These less laminates open the sound of the Smith and reduce the compression which is often inherent to newer models.
Compared to newer Smith models these older BMTs have a thinner neck profile which makes fast runs quite comfortable.
Bass is located in Germany / 40547 Duesseldorf.
Asking 3.300 Euro / 2.800 GBP / 4.460 USD. No trades at the moment. Will ship to EU at buyer's expense and after payment cleared.