The Black Tiger & White Tiger Models

2016 Models

Available in either the BSR, BT Vintage or Fusion Cut Body Styles

We purchased dozens of Black Walnut trees (logs) about 12-15 years ago, sliced them up and air dried all the Lumber here in our building. Only about 1% of Walnut Lumber has figured sections (Black Walnut is usually unfigured). On occasion, a piece is discovered with Rare Crotch Feather, Circular Grain, Criss/Cross Figure, or a Flame Pattern. Ken has “cherry picked” pieces of this rare Figured Walnut to make this special model. The enhanced beauty, construction and tone is a perfect match for this rare Limited Edition Model.

Because of the limited amount of this Rare Figured Walnut, only a small number of “Black Tigers” can be made in proportion to other models. Customers may choose the modern BSR body shape or the VINTAGE BT body shape.

The Black Tiger now has a sister model, the “White Tiger”. The Tiger Maple used for the Top & Back has acclimated for many years in the building as well and is mixed with the same Black Walnut for the Body Core.

Learn more about the Anatomy of a Black Tiger

(BSR)4TN Lefty


Model Street Price
(BSR)4 TN/WT or (BT)4 TNV/WTV $5495
(BSR)5 TN/WT or (BT)5 TNV/WTV $5595
(BSR)6 TN/WT or (BT)6 TNV/WTV $5795

Street price is actual price, NOT list price.


Feature Details
Body Wings

(TN) Bookmatched Rare Figured Walnut Top, Walnut Back
with Tiger Maple Core.

(WT) Bookmatched Highly Figured Tiger Maple Top & Back with Black Walnut Core or 5-Piece Body Wings with Western Maple Core and Walnut Laminates, +$200.

Presentation ‘TNVP’ Model with Highly Figured Walnut Top & 5- Piece Bodywings with Contrasting Laminates, add $500.

Note: Exhibition Grade (5A) optional only on Blk Tiger/Wht Tiger Elite
* for more available options, see our current Price & Options List


5-piece Laminated Aged Hardrock Maple & Ovankol/Shedua with Graphite Inlaid Bars & matching Headstock Overlay.


Macassar Ebony with Mother of Pearl Top & Side Dots


Classic Hand Rubbed Dutch Varnish over Stradivari Gold Oil (“Ken’s Secret Sauce”)


Gold Smith Hardware & Dunlop “Flush Mount” Straploks


“NEW” Smith B.M.T. 3-Band EQ 18-volt Circuit:
Internal 4-way adjustable frequency DIP Switches for each Band
Including Series/Parallel Switches for each Pickup
Smith Custom Bass Humbucking Soapbar Pickups


Option Price
Fretless Ebony Fingerboard, side dots only (*Blank or **Lined) *$100/**$300
Left Handed Model +10%