Ken Smith BSR 5 TNV, 5 piece body, “Black Tiger”, black tiger, figured walnut top:: For sale, UK, On offer  Second Hand, used, preowned Bass Guitar Stock :: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Warwick, USA


Ken Smith has been making basses for over forty years, his team of skilled luthiers produce some of the most respected basses in the industry. An innovator, Smith basses use only timber that has been seasoned for over 30 years and custom pickups and preamp that give one of the most signature and useable bass tones in the music world. Here is the new TNV model which features a reduced size body and shorter horns and features upgraded five piece body using crotched walnut facings over a flame maple core with walnut contrasting laminates, 3 band eq with adjustable mid frequencies and series/parallel switches for each pickup.

  1. BSR 5 TNV "Black Tiger"

  2. Neck: Neck-Thru 5-piece Laminated Aged Hardrock Maple & Bubinga with Graphite Inlaid Bars & Matching Wood Headstock Overlay

  3. Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony with Mother of Pearl Top & Side Dots

  4. String Spacing: Nut: 9mm (23/64"), Bridge: 18mm (23/32")

  5. Fingerboard Width: Nut: 1  3/4", 24th Fret: 3"

  6. Body Wings: 5 piece wings of Claro Walnut/Walnut/Tiger Maple/Walnut

  7. Core Flamed Maple

  8. Finish: Classic Hand Rubbed Dutch Varnish over Stradivari Gold Oil ("Ken's Secret Sauce")

  9. Hardware: Gold Smith Hardware & Dunlop "Flush Mount" Straploks

  10. Electronics: NEW 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 and Smith Custom Bass Humbucking Pickups

  11. Weight: 9lb 13oz/4.4kg

  12. Comes with fitted hard case, Smith strap, Cleaning cloth, Smith finishing liquid

Building the World’s Greatest 100% Handmade Basses since 1978

Multi-String Electric Bass Pioneer Ken Smith has developed or introduced many of the innovations used on today’s basses which are now industry standards. Some of these include Printed Circuit Board Electronics, Graphite Inlaid Neck, Detent Balance and EQ controls, Low ‘B’ Design .128 and .130, and Taper Core Bass Strings. Ken Smith hand picks the wood for every bass from our in-house lumberyard, which features over 20 species of aged tone woods. Visitors to the factory are awe struck by what is probably the largest collection and variety of acclimated musical-grade woods in the world. Inspired by the techniques of 16th - 19th Century European stringed instrument makers, Smith Basses are a marriage of Old World Tradition and Modern Innovation. Ken Smith supervises the production of each bass and still does the final set-up.

Ken Smith has been building investment grade basses since 1978. Ken uses the finest woods available and frequently has limited addition models available. We can custom-order a Smith in your choice of woods. We carry not only his extremely well-made basses, but strings and polish.


Tel: 01926 886433

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Ken Smith BSR 5 TNV, 5 piece body, “Black Tiger”  (list £6550)


  1. +£20 EU shipping outside UK

  2. +£85 USA/Canada shipping

  3. Please contact the shop to pay by Bank Transfer or finance

  4. Please contact us for international shipping rates

  5. A pre-owned 2018 bass in immaculate condition, light home use only and comes with original case and case candy. This is one of the most attractive Smith basses we have seen for a while is presented in amazing condition. Weight: 9lb 13oz/4.4kg

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