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Score!!! Ken Smith #140!!! Thanks again LamarJonz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZuluFunk, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Did another deal with TB'er LamarJonz.

    Previously I traded for an Acacia custom 6. Great bass. Just what I needed for tapping chords etc.

    I found that a 6 was a great move for me, but instead of a 5, I needed a 4. The 5 was just too many strings for me to do more fast slap work and not enough for the things I'm doing on the 6 now.

    I found my 4!!!
  2. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    It's dated October 1983 in the back plate and sn #140.

    It looks like maple construction, set neck, ebony board, plays very much like a Fodera Monarch I played.

    I'm digging it so far.

    I'm still trying to figure out the electronics.
  3. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Well contstructed, but I'm likely to have my tech tweak it a bit. Maybe I'll go down to Ken Smith's place to let them look it over.

  4. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
  5. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    Beautiful Smith!!

    Those old smith's are wonderful playing and sounding basses!!!
  6. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    That's nice! It looks familiar, didn't the resident KS junkie JRBrown own that one?
  7. Very nice!:)
  8. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    Nice bass, Zulu!
  9. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    JRBrown did own that. Actually, when the local NC seller first put it up, Jr and I were both trying to snag it. I pulled out cause it was a 4 and that was a con to me and a pro to him. 2 other guys later and I ended up with it. JR is a cool guy, we are always disucssing what we have and other g.a.s. related items.

    Zulu, ounds like you are digging it, put it to good use! That bass plays soooo well. thanks for a good trade!
  10. lol, how funny.

    Zulu, I now own your old Pedulla Buzz(which I got from Leo), and I happen to be the one who owned that very Smith before he got it and traded it to you. Small World!

    That Smith was very nice! The phase switch adds many tones that you could not otherwise get without it. You can go from a scooped, juiced up slap tone to an old school burpy jazz bass fingerstyle tone with a flick of that switch to put the pickups out of phase and a quick turn of the blend knob towards the bridge. Amazing versatility. Enjoy!

    BTW, I put some DR Lo Rider Nickels on that buzz and got a proper setup done to it, and it absolutely sings now! Great bass.
  11. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    bass porn: nude sunbathing
  12. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I owned that one after JRBrown :D

    Nice bass, I ended up trading it for soemthing I wanted more though (my '78 ray).

  13. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    KB, didn't know you were so close! I'll have to check you guys out soon.
  14. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I owned that bass before KB. I traded it to him for the Eshenbaugh. I would have kept that bass, but I discovered that I prefer the Ken Smith BSR body style more. When I bought it, it looked as if it had been stored more than played.

    - I did minor work on the bass to clean it up a little.

    - I talked to the folks at HAZ Lab, who built the preamp, and they said that if I wanted to, I could send them the preamp for a complete refurb (clean, test, etc) for around $30 bucks. Definitely can't beat that deal!

    - I also talked to Ken about the bass. He said that he can restore the bass to near-mint condition for a reasonable fee.

    Thing is, everyting on the bass works fine. So I didn't send it anywhere; but it's always good to know your options.

    You’ve got a darn good bass!

  15. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    The serial number, 140, is on that bass in no less than 5 places. :D
  16. :p
  17. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC

    Yeah I am in 2 bands actually (The Billion and Bazungu) both play out a couple of times a month.

    On topic
    The Smith was a very nice bass, but I couldn't pass up the 'ray that I got as it was more of the tone I was looking for. And Yes #140 is all over that bass :bassist:
  18. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

    Sweet score, Zulu! Man, I am envious. I've played a bass similar to that, owned by a guy I know who runs a studio about an hour from Atlanta. The serial # on his is under 100. He hasn't played in years, but he's already told me not to bother ever trying to get him to sell it.
    Enjoy your bass!
  19. That is one gorgeous lookin' bass!

    Nice score, John.

    Enjoy it.

    Mike ;)
  20. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I know Brian Barrett has or has two extremely early Smiths. We're talking metal front plates and external power supplies.

    And that is early '80s bass porn...however, LamarJonz seems to always use early '70s backdrops.