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The Ken Smith Club, Part 2

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

  1. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
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    Let me in! I just purchased a Ken Smith Design Deluxe
  2. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014

  3. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
    So how is that Deluxe working out for you?
  4. Good day folks! Hope everyone’s doing alright! I got a question for all you guys, I’m looking to buy a 6 string Black Tiger Elite and I saw on their website that it comes with semi gloss poly mix finish. I also saw on some fb posts by Ken that an option for matte and high gloss poly mix are available.Does that mean that the Hand Rubbed Dutch Varnish over Stradivari oil finish is no longer available???How would you compare the semi gloss poly mix to the dutch varnish over stradivari oil?
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  5. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
    The poly would not require the special wax.
  6. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
    Now, I know that my Black Tiger sounds great without anything else, but I have run it with a touch of compression.

    Is it my imagination, or is there already a bit of compression in the electronics?

    It sounds like additional compression squashes the sound some.
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  7. iwearpumas


    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    I wonder how the new Ken Smith basses (brubaker) compare to previous generations.
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  8. Ronen


    Feb 9, 2003
    Milky Way Galaxy
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  9. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    I dig it
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  10. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
    I’ve seen pics.

    Very nice color variations.
  11. mikkoantt


    Jul 5, 2012
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    Hi from Finland
    I just got this BT 6 from 1990. Its in all original condition with original teardrop hardshell case also. Condition is very good and sound and playability is to die for. Anybody knows are these lacquered or oiled/waxed?
    - Mikko
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  12. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
    Ken used a special combination finish.

    He sells a polish on his web site that is recommended for those finishes.
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  13. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    The Smith wax works great and is affordable to buy online.
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  14. 5 string player

    5 string player

    Jan 24, 2012
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    Here is my beloved 2002 BSR5GNT the sound is growing on me everyday I play her
  15. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014
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  16. akabane


    Jan 21, 2012
    I just realised I never entered the club!
    Got my beautiful BSR6TN (from 2004) last year!

    Specs from the previous owner:
    • Neck: 5-piece Laminated Aged Hardrock Maple & Bubinga with Graphite-Inlaid Bars
    • Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony with MOP Top & Side Dots & matching Macassar Ebony Headstock Overlay
    • Body Shape: BSR shape
    • Body Wings: 3-piece, Bookmatched Rare Figured Black Walnut Top, Walnut Back & Tiger Maple Core
    • The owner visited Ken's shop to pick out the woods for this bass. Justin spent a day looking through tops and picked out this one. According to Ken Smith, this top was rated 4+ and just missed a 5A rating which would have put it in queue for a Black Tiger Elite model. Get a near-5A top with no upcharge!
    • Finish: Wax/Stradivari Oil
    • Hardware: Gold with Dunlop "Flush Mount" Straploks
    • Pickups: Smith Custom Bass Humbucking Pickups
    • Electronics: Smith B.M.T. 3-band 18-volt EQ Circuit with adjustable DIP Frequency switches for Bass, Mid & Treble with Pickup Blend and Master Volume Control + Series/Parallel Switches
    She SINGS!

    Attached Files:

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  17. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Owner, John Fox Bass Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Dealer for Adamovic, Alleva-Coppolo, Bergantino, Dingwall, Richter, Skjold
    That sure is gorgeous! Congrats!
    I have a very similar one from 1993. It is very telling how virtually nothing has changed across the years with those. Once he arrived at perfection, it's a winning formula that just keeps on repeating, no need to change a thing!
    (Continue to) Enjoy!
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  18. mikkoantt


    Jul 5, 2012
    Beautifull top
    - Mikko
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  19. deepender


    Jan 7, 2014

  20. Jrob121212


    Oct 11, 2018
    I recently picked up this 1990 BT6. Amazing feel and tone. And for a 30 year old bass it is in really good condition. Smith:Jones.jpg Smith.jpg

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