1993 Ken Smith CR5M "Chuck Rainey" model 5-string bass Striking 4A flamed maple body wings ($300 upgrade) Maple neck, morado fretboard Original black large Smith headstock design Scalloped brass nut Weight: 9 lbs. 6 oz. Dunlop Straplock buttons I bought this great bass a year ago here on TB, and saw right away that it was a total winner. It originally had the old style 2-band preamp, just four knobs. One of the tone pots was worn to the point that the center detent was hard to find without looking down at the knob. So I drove it over to Ken Smith to get the worn pot replaced. He offered to fix it, but suggested I consider the new 3-band preamp instead, which offers a significant improvement in flexibility, and also has the option to be set up with the old 2-band configuration by DIP switch settings on the circuit board. I tried out a bass in the shop that had the 3-band preamp, and it was an easy decision! The shop bass I tested also had series/parallel switches, which add even MORE tonal flexibility. So, since I knew this bass was a lifetime keeper, I splurged for the series/parallel switches as well, for a total bill of $800 for the electronics upgrade plus a complete "refurbish" to return the bass to as close to factory new as Ken was able to get it. It does practically look new, except for some light discoloration in two areas on the top of the body, where you rest your thumb, and the 'slap area' below the G string near the neck. (see pics #15 and 16) Ken's setup work is just amazing, and the bass sounds and plays even better than when I first got it, which was hard to imagine would have even been possible because it was already SO good to start with. It has that delicious Smith tone that seems to only be possible with a Smith, and the series/parallel switches and midrange control let you dial in all sort of variations. A link to a video demo is at the bottom of this listing. Includes Smith hardshell case. The hasp on the bottom end latch is missing, but the other three latches hold the case shut just fine. The case shows some wear from use, but is structurally fully sturdy and usable with no concerns. Also includes the entire original preamp assembly so that you have a spare, or for use in another bass, or if you ever want to put it back in for some reason. It is perfectly fine except for the issue with the center detent being worn on the one pot. (see pic #17) You are essentially getting a nearly new 1993 Ken Smith bass for a fraction of what an actual new one would cost. I will guarantee you will be 100% satisfied with this bass or I will be happy to take it back for a full refund within 10 days. $2,700 plus ACTUAL shipping via the carrier of your choice (FedEx preferred). Sorry, no trades. Video demo - sorry it's so long, I got a little carried away. Once I start playing this bass, it's hard to stop.