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Is this the "Ken Smith" Tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IotaNet, Mar 27, 2009.


  1. I have heard a lot about the "Ken Smith" tone ... is this it?



    I mean, that's obviously a KS bass but it this "the tone" that so many folks buy a Smith for?
     
  2. Not sure if it is typical Ken Smith or not, but it is GREAT!

    Thanks - will be checking this cat out more for sure :)
     
  3. There is a little more treble in there than I'd usually associate with a Smith, but that midrange there is unmistakeable!
     
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Yep. That's the sound. Treble is boosted a bit on that clip though. That 'Burp" is unmistakeable (well the Peavey Cirrus comes very close)!
     
  5. ddwilkins

    ddwilkins

    Dec 21, 2006
    Wilson, NC
    Ken Smith all day!!!!!
     
  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    cant get a smith tone off a onboard mic...

    but its there... the overall tone of it... missing the punchyness of the tone..
     
  7. Jjango

    Jjango

    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I LOVE that guy's playing!
     
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Sounds pretty much like mine did - minus the great playing.
     
  9. bottomzone

    bottomzone

    Oct 21, 2005
    I have a Bubinga/Walnut Cirrus 5 and a Smith Black Tiger 5. While it doesn't sound exactly like a Smith (what does?), its close. Check out Mike Hill on his Tiger Eye 5, which is a close as you can get to the "Smith sound" without playing a Smith IMHO:



    To my ears-THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A SMITH!!!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
     
  10. Laklandlover

    Laklandlover Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA BABY
    Niceeeeee
     
  11. Yep, that's about it. Like man others in the thread, I think that the "classical" Smith doesn't have so much treble and has more lower mid range.

    That guys playing was awesome, and I really dug the country-ish run he threw in there
     
  12. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I guess you could say it was 'country-ish' but that was actually a super fast Gospel 'shout run' that is prevelant in many urban churches.
     

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