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Ken Smith #41! $3200.00 TB special

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by nukes_da_bass, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Hurry hurry hurry! This bass has been played played played and played some more.

    4 strings, rosewood encased Bill Lawrence blade hum bucking pickups, HAZ passive vol, tone, and blend controls... soft rock American maple body, mahogany core, Ebony fingerboard.

    A face that has half worn out from use. This was 80% the original owners doing, I suspect he was a New York City club and session man could no longer stand the weight of the bass and went and moved onto an active circuit bass guitar.

    If this bass was in pristine condition, I've seen a few of these on eBay for around $5000.

    Take off $1000 for the condition of the finish, remove $400 for the fact that I customized the instrument by adding a third strap lock for my harness system, and take another $400 off for a talkbass only price of $3200!

    Trades up for consideration are any Ken Smith five string, think Pedulla, etc... 5 strings only will be considered. I would consider the right Ken Smith five string bolt on,, but I would prefer the neck thru.


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  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Bump. Another pic...
    This serial number 41 was build during the "Vinnie Fodera was my employee" era at Ken Smith Basses LTD...

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  4. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Zero interest so far. Might need to wave it around the KSB bulletin board to all the hard line KS purists who might want a piece of history.

    Let's recap- open to high end trades, 5 string only, neck through preferred. I'd consider the right Ken Smith bolt on plus cash.

    I have small hands, so a 19MM 5 string really isn't playable for me- 18MM to 17MM only.

    Own a Fodera Brooklyn era smith tomorow! Be the first in your neighborhood to have one! Amaze your drummer and piss off your guitarist!

  5. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    This is the ken smith version of a Pre CBS bass. Serial number 41, built when Vinnie Fodera was on the Smith assembly line... Often referred to as "Fodera/Smiths" or "Brooklyn era Smiths".

    Here's a chance to get the best of both worlds- an early Smith that Vinnie Fodera helped to build.

    Trades are encouraged- no 4 strings, period. No more Jazz basses. 5 strings 18MM or less, 5 strings 17.5 or smaller. Fretless and fretted welcome.
    GAS list;
    Ken Smith 5
    Fodera 5
    Roscoe 5
    Pre Gibson Tobias 5
    MTD Woodstock 5
    Any amazing 5 string considered.
  6. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Dayton, OH
    Oh, I'm interested... I happen to own KS #48 and #31, and am very interested in comparing yours and mine. But I can't justify the purchase right now.

    Beautiful instrument! Are those the original pickups?
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Yes Leo, these are the original pickups Ken commissioned from Bill Lawrence for most of the first 100 4 strings from KSD Brooklyn. Thanks for the free bump!
  8. Very cool bass!! Could you post a picture of the headstock, front and back? SO big. SO killer.