Ken Smith Elite 20th Anniversary Flamed Redwood Top 6 string (1 of 11 made)
Best Ken Smith out of the 10 or so I've owned for a very rare (very few have ever come out for sale) bass.
Not looking for trades - selling as bringing down my collection and mainly play jazz style basses these days.
Lots of feedback in the forum
Flamed Redwood Top with Matching Headstock.
Body Core and Heel Blocks are made of Tiger Maple. The Laminate between the Redwood and the Tiger Maple is Black Walnut, and the Body Features are Tropical Walnut.
The Neck is made of Hard Rock Maple with African Bubinga features and heel laminate.
The Fingerboard is Macassar Ebony and has Mother of Pearl Top and Side Dots.
Pickups and Electronics are the same as the BSR "EG" and includes Series/Parallel Switches.
The bass has a 20th Anniversary Backplate and Truss Rod Cover.
These were $6,000 when made new in 1999/2000.
Bass has cosmetic wear / bumps from the previous owner (I am the second owner and have owned it for the past 15 years), which is reflected in the price, but functionally it works perfectly and the frets are almost as new and plays with an incredibly low action with no buzz.
34" scale. 18mm string spacing
4.6kg / 10.1lb
Ken Smith in his quest for the best tone woods found only a limited amount of this rare, old, seasoned, air dried, Figured Redwood. Because of the limited amount, only 11 of the KSA 6 flamed redwood basses were made.
Selling an all-time classic in top condition - a Ken Smith BT6 Elite from 1997.
Wonderful walnut top
5-pc Body and 5-pc Neck (neckthrough)
18 mm Stringspacing
Original Smith Teardrop Case
Smiths from the 90s in this condition are quite rare finds. Low action. Everything works as expected.
Asking 3.900 EURO / 3.600 GBP plus shipping from Duesseldorf / Germany.
Sorry for the blurry pics. I will try to upload better ones soon.
The BMT series have been built from 1993 to 1997 - basically it has the same spec like the all-time top-of-the-line Smith series - the later Fusion Elite. With a small difference: The BMT Series has the real neck-through concept. Newer neck are built like dove-tails. You can see the difference in the back. The real neck-through is of course more expensive as there is much more waste from sanding the neck wood piece. Additionally - the headstock is black instead of matching the top wood.
The BMT are probably the most sought after basses today. There are about 150 built - and this is the one of the very rare fretless ones. This bass was originally fretless - has been fretted and later defretted again. Honestly I must say that I prefer the fretted sound on Smiths.
Condition is absolutely like new ! The Quilted Maple looks much better in real life than in the pics.
AAAAA Quilted Maple top
7pc body, 7pc neck
34“, 18mm spacing
Weight 4,58 kg
Original Smith Case
Even if you like to let a top luthier fret this bass for let's say 400 GBP - you will get a llike new top-of-the-line Smith with the typical "click".
Model: BSR TN5 Black Tiger 5 String
Walnut Top, with Tiger Maple
Smith Classic Hand-Rubbed Dutch Varnish over Stradivari Gold Oil
Western Quilted Maple Core
Shedua Laminate Accents on Top, Back & Neck
5-Piece Neck ~ Aged Hard Rock Maple & Shedua Accents
Macassar Ebony Fretboard with 30" Radius
Mother-of-Pearl Dot Fret Inlays
Scalloped Brass Nut ~ Hand-Fit
Nut-Width ~ 1-3/4"
Rosewood Headstock Overlay
Scale Length ~ 34"
Bridge ~ Smith QSR (Quick String Release) Machined solid brass
Recessed Strap Locks
Ken Smith Pickups
Series/Parallel Switches wth Smith BMT 3-Band 18-Volt EQ Circuit, with
Adjustable DIP Frequency Switches for Bass, Mid & Treble, with Pickup
Blend & Master Volume Control
Fully Shielded Pickup & Control Cavities
Smith Custom Flex Truss Rod
Gold Gotoh/Ken Smith Tuners
She Weighs 9.7 lbs.
Serial # 5TN542007
Original hard case and strap but no tools