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The Ken Smith Club, Part 2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Mar 28, 2014.


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  1. caasi91

    caasi91

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF Bay
    Lol. Either way that’s good music.

    My Smith has been inspiring me to take my practice more seriously over the time I’ve had it.
     
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  2. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    Isn't that true?

    Proof that a good instrument gets one to put more into it.
     
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  3. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Owner, John Fox Bass Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Dealer for Adamovic, Alleva-Coppolo, Bergantino, Dingwall, Richter, Skjold
    Very true indeed. That is because the instrument is so exact and precise, and sounds so darn delicious when you play it well, yet it is so revealing of every subtle nuance of your technique. Like a high performance sports car, it forces you to play well because it won't hide your mistakes.
     
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  4. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    Just curious, what are y'all bass wood combinations?
     
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  5. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Owner, John Fox Bass Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Dealer for Adamovic, Alleva-Coppolo, Bergantino, Dingwall, Richter, Skjold
    If you are referring to my 6-string pictured above, it is a Mahogany core with Flamed Maple center section, Imbuia top and back, Maple neck with Shedua stringers, and Ebony fretboard.
    Pure tonal bliss.
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  6. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I've got a BSR5P, made in 1998. It's a bolt-on maple neck (3-piece), mahogany core, maple top & back.

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  7. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    True again.

    With my other basses, I often changed tone and pup settings between songs for the proper "feel". With the Smith, a fraction of an inch difference in position between nut and bridge, or even a slight change in attack angle (upright or flatter) is often enough to get the sound I'm after.

    This has become something that is now a large part of my playing when going between verses and choruses.

    Still tweeting the knobs for some songs, but doing much more with attack now.
     
  8. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    Black Tiger.

    Figured walnut, flamed maple, hard maple, shedua, ebony.

    If my memory is any good.
     
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  9. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    I have a black tiger as well. Seems to be a very popular bass.
     
  10. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    Funny how the popcorn inducing debate over wood's effect or non-effect on tone never surfaces here...
     
  11. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    Because woods matter.
     
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  12. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    This is a good one we're doing this week.

    Lots of slash chords. And I've got a bad habit of playing the slash and bouncing to the root. The bass player on this recording doesn't do that, but when played in tandem with the vocal, it's dynamite.

     
  13. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    After having a BSR5GN and a BSR5EG, I can say that I prefer the GN.It just feels better to me.
     
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  14. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    Sorry.

    I posted this in the wrong forum.

    Oops.
     
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  15. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    If anybody needs a Ken Smith leather strap in excellent condition, I put one in the classifieds.
     
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  16. Mastodon2

    Mastodon2

    Feb 27, 2008
    I've just been playing my 1991 BT5 this morning which is very similar to the bass in this video. I think the video recorded here proves emphatically that a 35" or longer scale is not required to have a really true and powerful B string.
     
  17. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    Smith has an incredible B string.
     
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  18. deepender

    deepender

    Jan 7, 2014
    Maryland
    The sound guy on this video likes to bury the bass, but a Smith usually finds a way.

     
  19. caasi91

    caasi91

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF Bay
    Sometimes I wish had the BSR shape because it’s supposed to be more ergonomically balanced.
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  20. It may well be, but it's not the classic shape to me. The BT is just one of those inherently 'right' designs.
     
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