I'm done, seriously... '87 Ken Smith BT6

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by michele, Mar 12, 2017.


  1. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
    I've always had a soft spot for the Ken Smith vintage body style.
    I've always loved well aged basses, full of mojo... woods showing character and with a story to tell.
    I love six.
    And this thing came to me...

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    This thing vibrate and resonate to the point you hear it in your bones. Yesterday I spent two hours playing long notes in awe.
    It has been played a lot and I totally see the reason.
    A lot of the lacquer finish has gone, especially in the neck. It's full of dings. A mature lady whose wrinkles have a story to tell.
    If I'll ever part with this then it'll be time for me to see a doctor...
     
  2. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
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  3. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
  4. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
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  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    That has the look of a well-loved instrument.
     
  6. Indeed an instrument used for its intended purpose, not held in a glass case. NICE SCORE!!!!
     
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  7. Very cool, is it passive?
     
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  8. BassmanM

    BassmanM

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    ^ That would've been my question too....
     
  9. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
    Passive/active with the amazing Smith BT two band preamp.
     
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  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have the 5 string version of those Ken Smith pickups in my MF bass in the same spots - I bet it sounds wonderful!
     
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  11. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    49
    I was about to post these exact words. Well said.
     
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  12. StevieMac

    StevieMac

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Love it!
     
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  13. lostreality

    lostreality

    Sep 2, 2016
    Chicagoland
    This is my favorite kind of wear and tear - you can tell it wasn't abusive ownership, but hours and hours and hours of playing time
     
  14. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
    As a plus bonus this bass is very light! I don't have a scale handy but I bet it's in the 9.5 lbs region..
    It should be because of the lack of the usual Smith exotic woods laminations. Just good tiger maple solid body wings!
     
  15. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Europe
    Builder
    Looks just great!
     
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  16. mbell75

    mbell75

    May 23, 2016
    Cool, but I'll play devils advocate here...you're still in the "honeymoon phase". Ive had new basses where I thought the exact same thing and then 2 months later, Im selling them. Lets revisit this in a few months :laugh:
     
  17. michele

    michele

    Apr 2, 2004
    Italy
    Ah.. being in that boat many times myself!
    Yes, I'm on honeymoon but this somehow seems to have that little quid! Anyway, I'm really enjoying it!
     
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  18. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    She has made allot of music on those long hard nights. Love her well.
     
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  19. That's cool dude, had a 1990 Ken Smith Burner 5-string for many years, realize it is not quite the same thing as what you have but I really regret selling it.
     
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  20. That wear just below the last fret is a little strange even with the use of a pick. You just don't see a lot of people (not named Carol Kaye) picking that high up.
     
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