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, Detented 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 tonewoods. Visitors to the factory are awestruck 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.

All Smith Basses are 100% handmade in USA at our shop in Perkasie, PA

  • Highest Quality & Playable Handmade Basses since 1979
  • All Woods are selected by Ken Smith for every Bass
  • In-house Exotic Wood Lumberyard with over 20 species of Aged Exotic Tonewoods
  • Final set-up of every Bass is still done by Ken Smith
  • From beginning to end, Ken is supervising the making of your Bass every step of the way
  • Where can I buy Smith Basses?

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All About Ken Smith Basses

Did you know that Ken Smith is a Modern Bass Pioneer? He has pioneered, developed, and introduced many of the features used on today’s Basses that are now industry standards.

1978Inlaid Straplocks
1979Printed Circuit Board Electronics
1980Graphite Inlaid Neck
1980Detented Balance Control
1980Detented EQ Controls
1981Wide Neck 6 String Bass
1981Low 'B' Design .128 & .130
1983Wide Neck 5 String Bass
1983Taper Core Bass Strings
1983Compact Quick Release Bridge
1986Replacement Bass/Treble Circuit
200418-Volt 3-Band BMT Circuit with Internal DIP Switches
2009PAPA Pre-Amp/Practice-Amp (Smith BMT in a Box!)
1978 to the presentAll wood selection & final set-up for every Bass is still done by the founder of the company Ken Smith

These are some of the features and innovations that separate us from the rest.

“That’s why nothing feels & sounds like a Smith Bass!”