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SOLD Ken Smith BSREG6-String Walnut Core Cocobolo Top

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ElMon, Aug 9, 2012.


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  1. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    You'd think I would've learned this by now.....

    As much as I LOVE to own basses like this for their unmatched playability, their modern tone and full range clarity....

    I keep coming back to Fenders and fender-inspired 5's!!!

    For me that means Sadowsky basses. I've owned 9 now, Metros and NYCs both, and I need to stop trading them away!!!
    What brought this into focus was doing some back-to-back playing with this Smith and my 62' AVRI PBass with heavy flats. As far as comfort/playability and being able to play lyrically and more 'soloistic', the Smith won hands down. But as far as nailing that 'sound in my head', the PBass just DID IT for me. So then I got to thinking...."what's the name of that Roger guy that builds Fender-inspired 5 strings with great B strings again? Shadooski?"

    Whew....now that the venting is over...


    This is a special Smith, and my 3rd. I've owned a mahogany-cored BSREG6 and a Tiger maple-cored BSREG5 and to my ears there's something special going on with the walnut core and the cocobolo. More specifically this means MASSIVE low end when boosting the bass knob. The other contributors to the overall full sound of this bass, IMO, is it's girth. She weighs in at just under 13lbs but this feels very manageable with a comfortable strap.

    More to post in the next few days, including my own pics and some sound clips. This bass is 10 years old and has been gigged. There's some dings in the finish here and there but overall the bass is in excellent shape. Comes with a Smith Hardshell case, prefer not to ship internationally if possible, and the only trades I'd be interested in would be either Sadowsky or Alleva Coppolo basses.

    $3700 shipped/paypal'd

    Links to previous owner's thread:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/fs-ken-smith-bsr6eg-cocobolo-848030/
     
  2. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Forgot to add that this was a 6 string Smith.... D'Oh!!!!
     
  3. Damn, Luke. You seem to have all of my favorite basses.

    Magnificient Smith! :eek:
     
  4. conttador

    conttador

    Jun 10, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    Ahh! I had feeling about this! If I had the money I'd bring her back! That bass is one hell of a player!
     
  5. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Only one at a time, then I dump them!! GAS-aholic.


    In a perfect world I'd just keep them all!
     
  6. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Bump. Working on more clips/pics this evening.
     
  7. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Also....

    Trades I would consider:

    Sadowsky NYC (most likely straight across), preferably PJ5's
    Sadowskt Metro (plus cash my way), preferably PJ5 (rw or maple) or JJ5's (RV5/MV5). No four strings or M5-24's.
    Alleva Coppolo: (straight across or cash your way depending on model)


    Other than that, as long as it involves cash my way, the worst I could say is no.
     
  8. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    As Promised:


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  9. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
  10. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Forgive the out-of-tuneness, the sloppy playing, and the two Blue Moon Beers that made this recording possible
     
  11. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Based on the sound clips and your description, up is series and down is parallel for the s/p switches. Also beautiful bass!
     
  12. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Thanks! I nicknamed the down position as pterodactyl and the upper position as brontosaurus.
     
  13. carlis

    carlis

    Dec 28, 2005
    what strings did you use for the recording? sounds fantastic!

    bump for a killer KS!
     
  14. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Thanks man. Those are D'Addario XL's. Nickels!
     
  15. bottomzone

    bottomzone

    Oct 21, 2005
    Beautiful bass and great sounding clips. Naturally, the bass sounds amazing-it's a Smith!!! Thanks for giving the bass a real tonal workout, too. Yes, Smith basses are more versatile than given credit for!!!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
     
  16. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Thanks man!

    Going to put up some more clips of the neck pickup slap tone. Very 'Ready-Freddy-on-PBass' IMO.
     
  17. Timbeat

    Timbeat

    Jul 3, 2012
    omg
     
  18. mrniceguy715

    mrniceguy715

    May 2, 2006
    oklahoma
    Good luck with sale... Simply stunning! We need to catch up sometime Luke
     
  19. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Yessir. I'm in a house now with the wife and girl, complete with half of a converted garage that is a veritable bass-chamber. One Smith, One PBass 4Banger, an FBass BN6 Fretless, and plenty O' Amps. Hit me up!
     

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