No longer available Ken Smith Elite 5 - 20th Anniversary Flamed Redwood (1 of 14 made)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Rich Emme, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Rich Emme

    Rich Emme Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Ken Smith Elite 20th Anniversary Flamed Redwood Top

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    Flamed Redwood Top with Matching Headstock.

    Body Core and Heel Blocks are made of Tiger Maple. The Laminate between the Redwood and the Tiger Maple is Black Walnut, and the Body Features are Tropical Walnut.

    The Neck is made of Hard Rock Maple with African Bubinga features and heel laminate.

    The Fingerboard is Macassar Ebony and has Mother of Pearl Top and Side Dots.

    Pickups and Electronics are the same as the BSR "EG" and includes Series/Parallel Switches.

    The bass has a 20th Anniversary Backplate and Truss Rod Cover.

    Ken Smith in his quest for the best tone woods found only a limited amount of this rare, old, seasoned, air dried, Figured Redwood. Because of the limited amount, only 25 of the KSA 5 neck-thru basses where made.

    34" Scale

    18mm Spacing

    Gold Hardware

    Weight: 9.4lbs

    The bass had been very well cared, to bring it back to showroom condition it just came back from a professional refinish by Pat Wilkins. The sounds of this particular bass is very responsive and organic. It has been professionaly setup with new Smith Strings. I really hate to let it go, but could use the Benjamins.

    Potential trades + cash for: Carvin JB5, Smith 5, Benavente 5, micro amps

    Comes with soft case.

    $5,300; Reduced to $4,950 + shipping. Contact me first for international shipping

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    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
  2. Matt R

    Matt R Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Newbury Park, Ca.
    Wow this is a beautiful bass! GLWTS
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  3. Rich Emme

    Rich Emme Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Thanks for the offers thus far, to clarify on any trades + cash, Trade value is higher, I'm only looking for 5 string basses, and the width at the nut must be equal or close to 1 3/4". I sold my Fodera E5S and Sadowsky NYC as the neck was too wide for me. Cash is my preference. Thank you!
  4. robthebassplaye

    robthebassplaye The World Needs More Bass Players - Start Early !! Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Hi - just to clarify, this bass has been refinished by Wilkins? Curious to what year it was manufactured. PM sent with some questions.
  5. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Rare to see a Smith with non-recessed strap locks.
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  6. Rich Emme

    Rich Emme Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    All PMs responded. Yes, Wilkins did a superb job at refinishing the bass to as mint condition as possible. This 20th Anniversary model was made in 99 as shown in the pictures. Non-recessed strap-locks were standard, but can be changed to recessed easily.
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  7. Tnadu


    May 5, 2010
    Louisville, CO
    What kind of finish did Wilkins do?
  8. Rich Emme

    Rich Emme Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Glossy to get it as close to a factory finish as the day it was made. He did a superb job btw.
  9. beautiful
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