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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yamarc, Mar 19, 2003.
Has anyone heard anything about these basses?
they will retail about $999 - they will have a sunburst/rosewood model and an ash / maple with white block inlays model- i have to re check my info.
here ya go..
these will be quite a bargain.....
I just don't understand why. Nobody has to try to explain it to me though, thanks.
i understand, Geshel- but for others...
the Korean thing seems to be working for some- So peope follow up on ythe idea- i happen to think there will be a few of these sold- mainly because of the price point- its cheaper than building one yourself- And they have a proven look - i suspect the ash/maple ones with the block inlays will sell well- at $700-800 for a fiver.. some people will snatch them up-
i am just happy to provide info
It looks just like a Fender. I think Fender started making these like forty-something years ago but I'm not sure.
does anyone else notice the close proximity to Sadowsky's shop? as in they're in the same building!?!?!
Are you serious!?!
Same address! Maybe Nino knows more about it.
Hey, I live in Brooklyn I'll have to check that out!
You took the words right out of my mouth, bro! Interesting the way things go in the business world sometimes...
Didn't Smith and Sadowsky both start out together in that luthier's collective with Spector, Steinberger, Fodera and whoever else? If I'm correct about that then that could have something to do with it. Just throwing out some blind guesses here.
What I don't understand is that the specs all say 21 frets, but the image is of a 20-fret instrument. Anyone know why there is this incongruity?
You'll notice that Ken Smith has started selling parts again and has come out with this relatively inexpensive bass (as most all other high end guys have done or soon may do). Based on the economy, I suspect that because new high end instruments are indeed luxury items, they haven't been selling as well. Ken has a family and bills to pay like the rest of us and therefore may have tweeked his business plan a bit to span the gap until times get better. Or maybe the public has told him to build somthing that everyone can afford - I don't know. I'm not saying that he's not offering a fine instrument here - after all, he has a reputation to maintain, however I see this as his attempt to appeal to the masses - "A Smith in every home".
I'd be interested in reading a review. I suspect it's a well built, OK sounding quality Smith product.
thanks for the info, Ken - and i hope you donnt mind that i posted the brochure from NAMM- peace, Adrian
That makes sense, but I'd have thought that he attempted to do that with the Burner series.
If that were the plan, why not make less expensive instruments based on his own desings like Conklin's "Groove Tools"?
In this economic climate, a Jazz Bass design is probably a safer bet, but between Sadowsky, Lull, Fodera's NYC series, A Basses, Lakland, Pulcinella and others, is there a market for another Jazz bass copy?