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FS: Early Ken Smith BT #129

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by gregbackstrom, Feb 15, 2014.


  1. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    It's time to say goodbye to an old friend and a piece of luthier history: my Ken Smith BT, which was carved by Vinny Fodera in the early '80's. I bought this bass new from Apple Music in Portland Oregon in the early 80's -- this is serial # 129. The top is Blistered Maple, and it has an Ebony fretboard, brass nut, two Smith J-Bass pickups, Haz-Labs preamp, inset straplocks and Bad-Ass bridge (stock, of course).

    This bass is a closet-classic. It's truly in mint condition, with excellent condition finish, frets and fretboard. In fact, there's almost no sign that it has been played. It will ship in the Smith teardrop hardshell case, with a Smith lambswool strap and cloth. I'd like to get $2,750 for it, shipped CONUS. Here are some cell phone pictures. Please feel free to call or email me with questions.

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  2. skb5string

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  3. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    Thanks!
  4. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    Still here on a cold, wet day bump!
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  6. rms2

    rms2 Supporting Member

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    Instruments like this are the reason I am addicted to surfing the TB classifieds. Beautiful functional art with an interesting history. What an incredible bass!
  7. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    I think I've answered everyone's PM's about trades. In short, I'd prefer cash, but I'd consider really-good five strings!
  8. funk generator

    funk generator Supporting Member

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    I've been asking myself for days if I can survive with only 4 strings.
  9. jebmd

    jebmd Supporting Member

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    Very cool piece of history right there.
  10. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    Buying this bass would be a great way to find out!
  11. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    Here another nice one to look at!
  12. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

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  13. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

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    Possibly, for the right five ...
  14. herrdruhl

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    +1
  15. brett7276

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  16. Dukchun Lee

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    Nice bass!
    Is it still available?

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