Hi Folks, I usually dont make a habit of making posts about new basses I buy, because Im usually too busy playing or writing music or something, but this is worthy of mention. Last Thursday I visited the Ken Smith Factory to try some KS basses and possibly buy one. The tour was very detailed and it instilled a real appreciation for the art. Ken has a wood selection stock that would blow your mind! These basses really are meticulously hand made. All of the guys working there were friendly, but very serious and passionate about Lutheiry. Most of my time there was spent trying basses and talking to Ken About tone woods and Lutheiry. Ken literally spent hours on various lutheiry subjects and helping me to detect tonal differences between the basses in my range. Ken has a knowledge and a passion for Lutheiry that is inspiring. I ended up with a BSR6EG. Quilt maple top/back over walnut with a mahogany core (5piece). The necks is 5 piece maple and morado with a Macassar ebony fingerboard. This bass is tonally amazing, very playable, and absolutely beautiful. The high end has a beautiful articulation wich I have not heard on any of the other basses I have owned or built. The low end is solid, but really rich. The B string is fat and solid and yes the scale is 34". The electronics are very quiet and easy to setup. The frequency choices on the bass, mid and treble controls are perfect. Since the string spacing is quite wide it is taking a little getting used to, but even that has advantages in making slapping a little easier. So far I am extremely satisfied. Anyone who has never played a KS should really check them out.