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Ken Smith Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassMan2000, Jul 26, 2001.


  1. BassMan2000

    BassMan2000

    Sep 27, 2000
    Canada
    Hey guys I was browseing around and played a ken smith 4-string wow they play great! What do you guys think of them?
     
  2. i own a high end ken smith 6 string which sounds and plays absolutely beautifully! were you talking about the bolt-ons or the neck throughs? my experience is that the neck throughs all have this distinctive character to them - kind of like a certain frequency is bumped up in the high mids or something. the boltons kind of have it, but not as much to my ears.
     
  3. I played a couple Ken Smith basses while in New York last March, bolt on and neck-thru, both were outstanding!!! Playability was incredibly easy. Almost effortless. I'm not a terrrific slapper but even slapping on this monster bass seemed much easier and sounded better to me than on many others I've tried. I'm hoping to make a Ken Smith 5 string my next high end purchase!
     
  4. good choice wjr5 :p
     
  5. JWBass

    JWBass

    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
    I actually met Ken Smith at a guitar show in Philadelphia a couple of years ago, and spoke to him about his instruments. They are still made in a small shop in Bucks County, PA, one at a time. They are outstanding basses. Outstanding craftsmanship, outstanding sound quality, and they look marvelous. I personally prefer graphite necks, and therefore play a Modulus, but if I were to go back to wood, I'd go Ken Smith.

    They make great strings as well!
     
  6. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    I'm a big fan. My BSR6 GN has a quilted maple top and was made in 2000. It has the most upper register detail and clarity of all my instruments. Here's front and back:
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  7. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND

    Damn, that is a nice looking bass!!!
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Ken makes excellent basses in a wide price range with a distinctive sound. Can't go wrong with that.
     
  9. Very nice basses. Though, I must say that I much prefer the older style with the concentric EQ than the newer models.