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Why did you pick Ken Smith? and pics...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yamarc, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. Yamarc


    Jun 25, 2002
    Okemos, MI
    Post reasons and comments here...and some phat pics of your Ken Smiths! I am really debating one of these...I have played Modulus for years, maybe I'll make the Switch?!? Marc
  2. My Smith is very versatil and looks great, plus I got a great deal :D
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I'm primarily a DBer, but I chose my Smith BSR6P because it was the first bass guitar I ever played that felt like a real instrument instead of a bad compromise* (no offense intended :) ).

    I love that bass, and I'm not even really happy with the strings yet (haven't yet found "THE" strings for the bass). I wish I could post a pic, but sadly, I don't yet own a scanner or a digital camera. I'm looking forward to seeing the forthcoming Smith pics, though. :)

    EDIT: I take that back....the Smith was the SECOND bass guitar that felt like a real instrument - the first was a Pedulla Buzz fretless (is that redundant?) that I couldn't afford at the time I played it.
  4. I think what Chris said about it being the first real bass that felt like an instrument is accurate. When I purchased my first Smith, I realized that this was the Mercedes of the bass world. The attention to detail, the sound, and feel are amazing. I've played quite a few high end basses, and these basses are the best that I have played. I would have to say it's right up there with Fodera as the two best that I have seen and played.
  5. Here's my newest Smith addition.
  6. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    ahhhh! smith porn!

    I hope to try a smith someday.....

    keep the pics comin'!
  7. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I chose it because it played like butter and knocked my socks off sonically. I can't see ever unloading it.


  8. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Yours is a dead ringer for mine, except mine's a bolt on and has two fewer "stripes" in the middle of the body where the pups are. Beautiful Bass!
  9. Mario Lewis

    Mario Lewis Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    Clinton, MD
    The Smith I own now isn't the very first bass I played that was in the upper echelon of basses, but it's the first one I came across that literally played itself in my fingers. The guys at Bass NW had it set up flawlessley!!! The action was super low, the strings were fresh, and when I plugged it in, I was sold! And so was the bass, to me.

    The Midrange punch and presence and bass that's not too low, but just right, those were the things that helped furhter my decision.

    I honestly feel like this may be the last bass I ever buy.

  10. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I chose because I think they are some of the finest basses made. Plus I love the tone.

    First I had a bolt on six, now i havea neck thru 5.
  11. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I bought mine because there's nothing better.


  12. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Well, heres my 3 cents, I have EIGHT basses, and I like the sound of just about all of them, the last one I had purchased was a Smith Burner 5 string, although some people do not consider it a REAL SMITH BASS:rolleyes: I was really impressed by the tone of that "NOT A REAL KEN SMITH BASS" that I wanted to try one of his higher end models, well.. I just got my BSR6MW just this week!,,,and it is used, not even a year old, and it plays like butter, has great tone, the action is real low, just the way I like it, etc, I play Gospel, so it fits great, the string spacing is fine, and the neck pickup is far enough back as to not interfere with your slapping, if you do that. SIDE BAR,,,,,,

    All of my basses must pass my middle finger test:rolleyes:
    1:I take my middle finger, and measure from the end of the neck to the neck pickup, the distance must be at least 3/4 of the distance, this ensures I can slap without the neck pickup getting in the way.

    I was happy that my Ken Smith has no issues what-so-ever, MY ONLY COMPLAINT WITH THIS BASS IS....NOW I MUST STEP UP MY SKILLS BECAUSE I HAVE SUCH A GREAT BASS :bawl:

    I don't have a cam yet, but it looks like this....:D
  13. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    OK, yarmac said he has a Modulus and is considering a KS. I don't have a 'high end' bass (my best guitar is a Fender Roscoe Beck 5) and was looking at KS also. Anybody play both and have an opinion?

  14. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I use a Modulus Quantum 6 about as much as I do my Smith BSR6 GN. Totally different instruments. The Smith tone has been discussed here. Modulus Q's have graphite necks and offer an amount of "clarity" (for lack of a better word) that's hard to get in a wooden neck. But it's all totally subjective, of course. I like them both for what they do.
  15. I too have both Smith and Modulus basses, and as Boogie stated, the two basses couldn't be more different. Both basses in my mind have a good clear sound and a very distinct midrange. The Modulus has a very powerfull sound. Much of the would have to do with the 18V electronics, but the graphite neck, phenalic board, and urathane finish have a lot do do with that sound as well. The Smith has a smoother, woody type sound. I'm really a fan of how the midrange really comes out of these basses. The eq is much more subtle than the Mods, but it's still quite effective. I quite happy with both of these basses!
  16. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Smiths are nice basses. My two are pictured. Someday I'd like to have:

    - A KS neck-through 4-string

    - A KS BSR4 with a "P" pickup in the neck position.
  17. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    I wish I could!! I'm a lefty and could never afford one. I understand KS is making lefties these days. Still, I wish I could afford a lefty 5'er.

  18. Vinnie

    I have been playing bass for 20 years and I got my first Smith 2 years ago, a BSR4J Custom. It is a fantastic bass and I do not think I will ever get rid of it.

    Good things come to those who wait:)

  19. Mario Lewis

    Mario Lewis Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    Clinton, MD
    By the way, for those still subscribed to this thread, mine is now for sale.

    See above.
  20. smith's are great basses with a characteristic tone. i've had a couple of them, and i totally dig the one i have now.. here's a couple of pics...



    sorry bout the bad pics.. i need a new camera :)