Ken Smith String Users

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Chop, Aug 11, 2000.

  1. Chop


    Dec 12, 1999
    Any body use Ken Smith Strings?
    If so, for what style of music and on what kind of bass?

    I see that Musician's Friend among many other places are selling them as low as $13/set for 4 string!

    Thanks for the input.
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets
    I use Burner Nickel roundwounds on my fretless and some of my active basses for old school funk, light Jazz (oxymoron), R&B. I like 'em.
  3. frost13


    Apr 12, 2000
    I just bought some Ken Smith Rockmasters for my 6 string. Now to see how they work out.
  4. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I've been using the Rockmaster Mediums (roundwounds) on my Rickenbacker for years and love them. I actually tried using Rotosounds just because that's what Chris Squire and Geddy Lee always used on their Ric's --but I ended up going right back to my Smiths.

    I also use Smith tapercores on my Ken Smith bass. They have a different sound than the Rockmasters, but they are also more than twice the price.
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    May 29, 2000
    hooksett NH USA
    I just got some rocker for my jazz. They sounded great as soon as I put them on. No twang or nothing.sweet
  7. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    I noticed the cheap MF price-but will they fit a 35" scale bass?
  8. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    I use Rock Master Medium's on my 6 string F bass (with a non-taper .125 low B and a .030 high C). They're great strings, very responsive and they last for a long time.
  9. I use 5 string rockmasters, on two of my basses, my ibanez soundgear, and my warwick dolphin, I play metal, and Michael-Manring-ish Victor wooten-ish Wacko Jaco stuff. sounds great with both.
  10. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    i'm using them on my jazz bass for funk-fusion, rock, jazz, latin - and they sound really great and last for ever.(the burners nickel type)
    i also tried them on my pedulla fretless 5 and they we're ok (not as smooth as the labella).
  11. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I used them for years before swhitching to DR's(The Army buys strings for me now, ie your tax dollars, thanks)and I have no problem using them when I can not find the DR's. Good zippy string that lasts a long time. And CHEAP too.
  12. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I use the Taper Core sets on all of my basses.
  13. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I've always used Smiths.
    I think I have Medium Rock Masters.

    armybass, how many sets per year do they (we) buy for you?
  14. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    these are some of the most inexpensive strings in san antonio - i use them on my warwick corv pro 6.

    they last for such a long time and the tone on my warwick is to die for. i have never been so happy with strings in my life.

    i'm curious to see how they will sound on my jazz.
  15. I swear by 'em. I use about 4 different models of the KS strings depending on the bass I use, and the tone I want.
  16. jointus


    Sep 20, 2003
    I use the taper core strings on my piezo equipped fretless bass. And they are pretty cheap in San Antonio.
  17. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    according to the music store that i buy them from, they are wound by GHS, do you guys think this is true?
  18. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    this is what freaks me out - i HATE GHS strings with a passion, but these Ken Smith strings are so good for what i do
  19. SherpaKahn


    Dec 1, 2005
    Bronx, NYC
    I sell churros
    Man, I just put Ken Smith Slicks on my Ibanez Musician (ash body, neck-through, fretted ebony fingerboard), and it has made me love that bass again! It's a beautiful and widely-acclaimed bass (among those who own them), yet I have felt that for the last few months that it is too sterile and harsh-sounding for my tastes, with far too much zing, crunch, growl, and string noise. I finally got some strings that I actually chose to buy for a reason other than convenience, and after trying medium-gauge Fender flatwounds and being disappointed by the enormous tension, stainless wrappings, and in my opinion not a lot of variation in sound (though they did get a good upright sound on that bass), and so I've had some unknown roundwounds on it for the last few months, but now with these Slicks it sounds how I want my bass to sound! Deep, with more snap as you travel up to the higher strings, and a miniscule amount of finger noise!

    My only mild complaint is that the E string sounds much much deeper than the A string, but we'll see how that works out as the strings break in. At thirteen dollars a set, I bought a set of Compressors along with the Slicks, both M-L gauge, and I think I'm going to have a lot of fun deciding which to go with in the long run. The purple silk wrapping is awesome, too!

    I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'm a Ken Smith string convert, as I still want to try out many other strings before settling on one particular type, but I do think that I'll be playing either compression-wound or half-round strings for a long time to come, and these Ken Smiths are quite inexpensive and seem to play very well.

  20. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    I'd like to know how those slick rounds turn out for you.

    I use Fender flats on my Pbass, and like them. However, people say those slicks are kinds like flats, but with a bit more growl to them.

    My local store is a Ken Smith dealer, and they have the slick rounds in stock. I do like the flatwound sound, however, that sound with a bit more bite to it sounds very interesting.

    Not only that, but my repair guy highly recommends Ken Smith strings for bass, so I'd like to try them sometime. :hyper:
  21. PeppermanL2K

    PeppermanL2K ...and on the 8th day, God created the Habanero.

    Feb 3, 2006
    Huntsville, AL
    I'm a true KS String convert over from Rotosounds. Don't get me wrong, I love the Rotosound, well... sound! But, IMHO, Smiths just blow them away as far as sound, feel and they're not as hard on your frets.