KSD Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J. Crawford, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I havent posted a new thread in a while, but I have a question. I have been saving all summer for another Jazz bass, as either a backup or main player to my Geddy.

    I found a Ken Smith Design Jazz on Bass Central. I contacted those guys, but am yet to get a return email. Im hoping its still there, but it doesnt seem like they update the site too often. But that may just be because the economy is still kinda slumping and they havent sold much.

    Its not super expensive, but as a teenager I like to thoroughly investigate and try to get to know everything I can about a new bass purchase.

    Does anyone have any experience with KSD Jazz basses?

    Its natural, pearl blocks, maybe binding. It fits me perfectly.

    EDIT: Any other suggestions are welcome too! Im also looking at Lakland 55-02s and 44-02s.
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Take them not returning your email as a sign! Stay away from those basses!
  3. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    You might search 'KSD Jazz' in this forum, and read 'KSD Customer Service'.
  4. I've owned my KSD Proto J 705 for about 5 years now. It's been my main bass for that entire time and although others here on Talkbass have slammed it, I gotta say that it's a fantastic bass; especially for the price. I have used it several times in the studio as well as countlless live shows and it has never let me down. It sounds like Jazz bass should and it looks great. Some have changed the pre amp, some have complained that the neck is chunky and some complain that it's heavy. While I definitely agree that it's on the heavy side (at least my 5 string version is) I don't agree with those other complaints.

    In all fairness, most of the KSD complaints have been directed towards Brooklyn Gear who distributes them. IMO, all those complaints are true so it's too bad that such a crap company handles them because they're nice basses.
  5. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Bass Central doesnt return emails? I only sent it this afternoon, so Im not expecting it this soon!

    But I thought Bass Central was a respectable dealer?

    Snyder, you have become the Search Enforcer! :D

    Thats good to hear. This one is only $599, as it was a "floor model", but I asked for a better review of its condition. Thanks for your input!
  6. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Oh they are a very respectable dealer. I've bought gear from them before and had zero issues.

    I just meant, take it as a sign!
  7. gimmeagig

    gimmeagig Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Coeur D'Alene,Idaho
    Stay away from them.Read my posts" KSD Lesson learned"
    Adam from Brooklyn gear strung me along for over a year telling me he would send me a new neck because the one my bass came with had a serious defect.
    He never came through with anything.I felt like such an idiot for having bought into his lies.
    Don't let that happen to you.
    If you want a nice cheap Jazz Bass look at the SX basses.Rondomusic.com
    I hear they have good customer service too.
    I'm thinking about getting one myself.Probably the 75 series LTD.
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    KSD's sound pretty damn good...

    the electronics are great IMHO...

    the feel is good too...

    I had a frettless 4...

    You can pick them up pretty cheep now I would guess...
  9. marco1977


    Sep 11, 2007
    I played/owned a KSD jazz (proto J). Got a little Marcus Miller vibe to it. Got burned during new years fire.

    Reasonable Jazz Bass. No relation with Ken Smith despite the name. No good customer service. Can't say I disliked or liked it especially. It lacks character alittle bit IMHO.

    I wouldn't buy it again. There are better options...

    just my 2c.
  10. diglo


    May 21, 2007
    Get up! Get Get Get Down!
    They had new models at summer namm. Brooklyn gear is not distributing them anymore. Maybe the customer service will be better now. Sorry, can't remember name of new distributor.
  11. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    The string spacing was a bit wide for me but I thought it has a killer vibe.
  12. I dont know much about KSD except whatI have heard, which is generally not positive. I do know that Bass Central will get back to you and are great guys to deal with, and if it does turn out to be garbage, I can almost guarantee they will work with you as long as you stay in touch with them.
  13. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
    +1 on Bass Central, the guys are great down there. But you mentioned looking at a Lakland as well. I was able to play both when looking for my jazz 5'er, and went with the Lakland. IMO, Lakland quality was better than the KSD hands down. It will not have the same exact sound, however. If you can't play the Lakland, they used to have sound clips of their basses on their site. Good hunting!
  14. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    I have a KSD 605 that I got on trade that I've been using as my main bass for almost a year now.

    I'm going to be installing an Audere preamp on it soon for a little more tone shaping.

    Not a bad bass for the money though. I'm intrigued about new models showing up at NAMM though!!
  15. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Guys, I got an email back from Bass Central and they said the have the exact same model, new in box, for $650..

    Its very tempting..

    But hearing from you guys, Im kinda worried.
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    My old one..

    short clip playing it before I sold it...





  17. Vakmere


    Sep 6, 2007
    +10000......... Buy something other.
  18. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Okay guys, Ill stick with my trusty confidence in Fender!

  19. fruitlabor


    Apr 6, 2007
    I have a 705. Love the feel and spacing. I'm sure some people have had bad experiences with some of them. But so far one month in, I like mine. Installed a Audere JZ3D and added to the sound. Most foriegn basses are hit and miss. I had a bad experience with a Fender Jazz 24 V. But I wouldn't say that's all of them. Go with you gut feeling and what feels and sounds good to you. For the price, IMO very good bass. In others opinion, might be different. I like mine a lot!