SOLD Ken Smith BSR5-GN 5-string fretless xlnt 9.4 lbs

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by nostatic, Mar 22, 2017.


  1. nostatic

    nostatic

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Price:
    3150
    Strings:
    5
    Fretless:
    • Y
    Location:
    California
    Hard-to-find Ken Smith fretless 5-string. I think the Smith pickups/electronics are perfect for fretless. I had Ken make this for me a few years back. It is a rare alder core body with figured walnut top and back. Neck is 5-piece maple-ovankol, fingerboard is unlined ebony. Current 18V Smith preamp with series/parallel switches. Focused, punch sound. I often could use this on gigs with busy mixes and still hear the note attack. Excellent B-string balance with the rest of the instrument. The bass has been played/gigged, but is in excellent shape. Never abused.

    Only selling because I'm in downsize mode and have 3 other fretli at the moment.

    Ken Smith BSR-GN neck-through 5-string fretless
    unlined ebony fingerboard
    alder core, walnut top and back, flame maple tone block
    34" scale
    18mm bridge spacing
    1.75" nut
    black hardware
    extra strap lock position (provides better balance imho)
    includes original Smith case, tools, etc
    9.4 lbs

    $3150 shipped/insured in the CONUS. Downsizing, not looking for trades.

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    Last edited: Jun 11, 2017
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  2. jebmd

    jebmd Gold Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Lothian, Maryland
    Excellent in every detail. Perfect spec for a fretless Smith.

    Glwts
     
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  3. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy

    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Geesh....you are going to regret selling this one.

    These are rare and sound absolutely AMAZING.
     
  4. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Supporting Member

    Think I've admired pics of this bass in the Monique thread. Stunner.
     
  5. nostatic

    nostatic

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    probably. Wouldn't be the first time :D

    Actually selling both this and my Rob Allen Deep 5.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2017
  6. benjobass

    benjobass Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2001
    NYC Area
    Good lord this is beeyootiful. The black hardware is the best! I wish he did that standard instead of his usual bling/gold. Also rare is the fact you had it oil finished instead of lacquer. If only this were 6 strings...GLWTS!
     
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  7. Jabba the bass

    Jabba the bass Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    I have a rob Allen deep five also... that I will never let go. they are uniquely special basses. GLWTS!
     
  8. Flipper

    Flipper

    Jan 11, 2005
    Spring, Texas
    I am so in love with this bass.
     
  9. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Supporting Member

    I return to this page and look longingly at this bass from time to time. :drool:
     
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