I’m not a bass player but just bought a 1982 Ken Smith—thoughts?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by terrence bagley, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. terrence bagley

    terrence bagley

    Jun 22, 2020
    I’m a drummer and lawyer (unlimited joke potential). Anyway, I just bought a friend of mine a 1982 Ken Smith number 64. Any knowledge of this bass or thoughts are appreciated.

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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    As you probably know, this is a super rare bass that except for the pickups, it is very different from what Ken Smith basses would become. I have only seen pictures of these very early Smiths.
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  3. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Search all the information you can get if you decide to sell it. If not it will go up in value.
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass! I know nothing about that bass other than it is a fine example of bass history. That being said, can I be your friend too? :cool:
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  5. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I don't care what they say about drummers and lawyers, you did good there. Just joking, well about the lawyer part. But Holy cow- how good of a friend is this????
  6. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    I think the ISS is missing a control panel
  7. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Who’d you sue to get it and have you drooled on it yet?

    Cool bass. Welcome.
  8. I have dreams of having that many switches... for others it's a nightmare! :D
  9. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    just googling ken smith 64, i did find old ebay listing from few years back asking 8199 for it.
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    :laugh: that said: i'm sure you're gonna get excused/forgiven for being one of those (but not both!). :D

    that's a beautiful instrument. you're a super friend! good luck getting the info you need! :thumbsup:
  11. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Interesting. Serial #55 was on sale on Reverb, but the listing is discontinued. They were listing it for 4.4 K. It did have different pups. They looked like Bill Laurence style dual blade pups.
    But you got a beauty there.
  12. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Except for the fact that it's a four banger,it's almost a splitting image of Anthony Jacksons first Ken Smith 6.
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  13. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
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  14. terrence bagley

    terrence bagley

    Jun 22, 2020
    Great to hear these positive comments—keep them coming. It is for a friend—some might know him if I mentioned his name but keeping that confidential—he is very unassuming, humble guy.
  15. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Looks like a passive P-bass clone.
  16. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    OMG, Jeff Berlin?
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  17. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    A terrible bass in terrible shape! You must send it directly to me, right now, for er, evaluation and testing... :)

    Totally jealous,

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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I dunno, bass looks OK to me I guess...

    If you're an attorney and you rock...Are you David Komie? I thought you were a guitarist. Welcome to TB.
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  20. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    All that I know about early Ken Smiths is that Smith built most of them with Vinny Fodera, making them pretty collectible...it looks like it has an onboard DI...very interesting..
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