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neck-heavy Ken Smith

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by one-note, Dec 25, 2003.


  1. one-note

    one-note

    Apr 30, 2002
    Denver
    I have a 1999 Ken Smith BT-4 neck-thru, maple with a mahogany core. I love this bass, it's tone, feel and construction are second to none. I use the stock Smith strap but still find myself having to fight headstock dip. Instead of balancing at 45 degrees or so it wants to dip towards horizontal. Has anyone out there had a similar problem and remedied it?:meh:
     
  2. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Dude, you should mod the hell out of it.

    :)
     
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    umm trade my bossa bass for it..this doesn't neck dive

    steve
     
  4. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    try a better strap...something that has a rough (suade)sp? underside...and wide

    steve
     
  5. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    If its really bad I suggest giving Ken a call, he's a great guy to deal with and I'm sure he'd be able to help you out better than anyone else.
     
  6. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    I may be wrong but I think the BT's have shorter horns more suitable to sitting down -a la in the studio, whereas the BSR desing has a longer upper horn to faciliate ease of playing while standing.
     
  7. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
    You are correct.
     
  8. Complain about it in this, and other threads.
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    IMO, it's just a matter of finding the right strap.
     
  10. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    You could also possibly remedy it by moving the location of the lower strap button but that would require drilling another hole in the body! I suggest a wider strap first as others have!
     
  11. You can try Utralite tuners.
     
  12. one-note

    one-note

    Apr 30, 2002
    Denver
    I really do not want to drill another hole in a Ken Smith bass. The strap is the key,imo. Has anyone tried those Y-straps that have a strap over each shoulder?