Ken Smith: Walnut/Maple or Maple/Mahogany?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JRBrown, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I going to place an order for a Smith BSR-4P today! Most options are already decided except for the body laminates. The choices are:

    - Walnut front/back with tiger maple core

    - Tiger maple front/back with mahogany core

    Does anyone have some words of wisdom concerning the differences between the two?
  2. it's all pretty much aesthetics...
    do you prefer the darkness of walnut
    or the light maple?

    very few people would be able to tell the difference in a blind sound it's just a matter of your personal taste for looks

    mahogany and maple is pretty overdone...but that doesn't make it a bad choice by any means.

    me personally, i'd do the walnut.
  3. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Inactive

    Jun 10, 2001
    Mahogany core, though the maple core would probably have a little more roundness in the lowend but not enough "character" for me. Ebony board?
  4. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I would go with the Walnut. It seems it would be more for looks than tone anyway. I would take a nice piece of Walnut over any piece of Mahogony.
  5. I have a BSR4J with walnut over maple and I just love it.:D


  6. The back.


  7. The headstock :D

    I hope the photo's are of use to you in making your decision. Good luck with it and keep us posted on how it goes, especially some pictures.

  8. Why not go for best of both worlds ? :)
    I decided for Morado w/ mahagony core & maple laminates in between with my BSR-GN Elite.. just can't imagine any better combination for me!


  9. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Looks like the maple/mahogany option is now out. Here's a third option: Maple top with walnut core. So far this is what I have planned:

    - BSR4-P
    - Bolt-on 5-piece neck
    - Ebony board
    - Top dots
    - No switches
  10. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Inactive

    Jun 10, 2001
    Yes, JR. Walnut core all the way. That's my favorite tone.
  11. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett Commercial User

    Nov 25, 2001
    Cane Ridge, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
    I think I like the western Tiger Maple.

    Looks super nice!!!!:bassist:


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    man, i LOVE maple topped smiths, they're just amazing looking. good luck with the baby!
  13. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    My BSR5GN was maple core with claro walnut top. My BSR6MW was the same config. The maple makes the tone just pop ! I would definitely order maple core again. That's my sixxy fi cent.
  14. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    So you've owned bolt on and neck-through Smith' did they compare?

    Thanks, I'm going with the standard tiger maple top. I want the darker Western maple versus the Eastern maple. (I hope I get a nice piece...only drawback to ordering a bass)
  15. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Ken's western tiger maple tops are beautiful. By far, the best looking "just flame" maple I've seen, and my fave maple look in general.
  16. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Last major hurdle: I'm going with the 5-piece neck (w/ebony and top dots). I'm leaning towards the bolt-on but looking real hard at the neck-through. :meh:

  17. Yeah, I thought you prefered bolt ons ;)
    Must be a price difference too!

    may I ask..why top dots? do you find them usefull? I don't and I much prefer blank board look.

    Peace, JP
  18. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I always thought the Walnut gave more prototypical Smith tone.

    I like the look of a maple top though.

    The maple on walnut may be the best of both worlds.
  19. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    1) Why not? 2) Only if I have them

    I prefer block inlays..;)
  20. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    the neck thru has a more nuanced tone - like a brick in a velvet glove.
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