SOLD Ken Smith BSR5GN.....2015, walnut facings/alder core.....PRICE DROP!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by g4string, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Excellent condition 2015 Smith BSR5GN. Whats unique about this bass is that the body core is alder. Additionally, the original owner had the bass but with an extra pin strap hole.....which makes the bass balance way better than with the stock position. The bass comes with the OEM case and case swag. The only defects I can find are (1) there is some light surface corrosion on the B and E string bridge saddles (2) there is some slight discoloration from thumb position playing wear between two two pickups. Aside from that, the bass is in EXCELLENT condition. Specs are as follows

    alder core/walnut facings
    ebony board
    34" scale
    18v preamp w/ series parallel and mid selector switches
    black hardware
    18mm spacing
    5pc neck thru construction
    2015 build year

    NO TRADES PLEASE......$3500 shipped CONUS

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
  2. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    more pics......

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  3. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    pics stolen from previous owners for sale thread.....

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  4. Joelc73


    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Does it still have that Smith sound with the Alder core ? Smiths always seem to sound similar to me regardless of wood -- but I've never played an Alder one.
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  5. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    In a nutshell, yes. However, I've found that with the alder body, rolling more to neck pick up helps tame some of the Smith burp in favor of a more traditional bass sound. However, even when doing so; it still retains its Smith character. Its just not as in-yo-face as a maple core Smith. Rolling back to en even blend, or favoring the bridge pick up, will bring back the traditional Smith burp. But even when doing so, I'd imagine the bass has a bit more of softer/rounder Smith character than compared to a maple core Smith.


    Oct 13, 2011
    Alder core.....???

    Never seen one like it......!!
  7. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Yes. Alder core. TB memeber @nostatic commissioned this build. And yes, I've NEVER seen an alder cored Smith. EVER.
  8. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    This is a fantastic bass. If I was playing 5-string these days, I'd buy it back.

    What I wanted was a P-bass with serious attitude. I'm not really a fan of the Smith sound that you typically find on youtube - part of that is eq, part is technique, and part is that maple/walnut body feeds into it. Ken had a few pieces of alder left over from decades ago, and I ended up having him build a fretted and fretless five using those as the core. For my playing, it nailed the "pissed-off P-bass", and could also be pushed into more typically Smith territory.

    The other thing is that Smith basses are one of the few where the pan control actually is useful. I rarely touched the eq, but instead would just vary the pan during the evening.

    Also the second Dunlop strap lock position imho greatly improves the balance on a strap. I find that higher than midpoint tend to make the bass pivot towards me, and my left wrist doesn't like that.
  9. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Yep to what he said. To further testify, the blend control on this bass is exactly how I would go about getting tonal variation. It is extremely powerful and usefull. If I was slapping, I'd favor the bridge pup a bit and get that signature burly smith sound. If I needed a more traditional tone ala fingerstyle, I'd center the blend or favor the neck pup a bit. By doing so, most of the burp is gone and the bass took on a more traditional bass tone. And yes, the extra pin strap hole was/is money. The bass balances soooooo much better with this option. It's a killer bass. I'm happy keeping it, but I could use the cash.....and I have a Lakland 5594 that is a better fit for the gigs I'm doing. Whoever gets this is getting a special bass indeed.
  10. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Have any recordings of this bass?
  11. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    There might be a live recording somewhere. Lemme check.
  12. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    somewhat crappy recording of this bass in a live show. I can try and work on a more professional recording this week if you need it. FWIW, I am playing the Smith most of the set. There are a couple songs where I'm on a Lakland 4. Earphones will help.

  13. Soundworks

    Soundworks Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Paypal sent!