FBass BN5 Maple vs Ebony Board

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FBass BN5 Maple or Ebony Fingerboard?

Poll closed Apr 20, 2014.
  1. Maple

    17 vote(s)
    42.5%
  2. Ebony

    23 vote(s)
    57.5%
  1. michricker

    michricker Supporting Member

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    Interested in a bn5. Just curious if anyone has experience comparing the maple vs ebony fingerboard versions? Mostly what you feel best for live performance?
  2. line6man

    line6man

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    Ebony is superior to Maple, IMO.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 I love maple but to me ebony just puts it over the top.
  4. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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    mac ebony trumps maple
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  6. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

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    is this based on aesthetics or a tonal goal?...IME ...if you want compressed and definition=ebony....if you are looking for bright and clarity=Maple
    but that's only my $0.02 cents
    Saying that...you cant go wrong with an FBASS!!!!....Great Craftmanship!!!

    Randy
  7. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    I've owned both a mac ebony and a maple BN5. They are both bright. The ebony had a weird upper mid/treble thing going on that is hard to describe. The maple is more even across the spectrum. Ebony looks nice and would be great for a jazz gig, while maple sounds better for rock and slap stuff to me. I'd pick maple for an all around gigging bass.
  8. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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    I had 3. One was m ebony, the other two maple. The ebony board recorded great and was nice live. One of the maple models was awesome, the other a dud and acoustically dull. I'd try first
  9. michricker

    michricker Supporting Member

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    Great! From the feedback it sounds like maple with ash body is what I'm looking for. anyone thinking of selling a good one? :)
  10. RSBBass

    RSBBass

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    Nothing feels quite as good as an ebony board. They are tougher too.
  11. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks Supporting Member

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    Ebony has the best qualifications. It feels better and it stays in shape forever.
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    I prefer ebony on a F-Bass or any other bass over maple, but just slightly. They sound pretty close generally. Even though ebony is dark in colour, it sounds nothing like rosewood or pau ferro IME.

    I honestly would chose what looks best or what feels better to you.

    I just changed a custom build from maple to ebony as maple didn't look good with the yellowish spalted mango top and ebony did. Again, pretty close tonally.
  13. Backwoodsman

    Backwoodsman

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    Ebony weighs nearly 3x more than maple. The higher wood density transfers sound better, and will give longer sustain.
  14. asbs

    asbs Supporting Member

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    I vote maple, as you can get some 70's vibes with the combo ash/maple.
    I like the way it cut through the mix.
    Sounds great also in jazz or rock music, thank to the F preamp and pups.
    Just my taste IMO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6Fgda55NQ
  15. greenrositti

    greenrositti Supporting Member

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    Yes. A really good one. Pm me.
  16. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

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    I have never played an FBass in my life. But I'll take ebony pretty much every time.
  17. michricker

    michricker Supporting Member

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    Thanks all for your feedback. Got some real good leads. Going with an ash/maple in the hunt for a good used BN5. I really like the more traditional color combos....
  18. michricker

    michricker Supporting Member

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    Ended up getting an ash/maple turquoise cerise with chrome hardware. Should be here soon. Looking forward to trying a bn5!

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