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Club F-bass (Part VIII)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Mar 28, 2011.

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  1. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
  2. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    IN! :)

    Still rockin' the VF5. :)

  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Is reposting cool? If so, count me in. Again.



    BN5-2008-body. BN5-2010-body.
  5. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Not twins, but both killers:

  6. Hey Vic,

    Regarding the Bassmute:

    Ellio actually advises against using the screws and is making his next batch of mutes without the screw holes. The double sided tape does the job!

    I wouldn't be drilling into my Fodera either!
  7. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    @ Munjibunga

    Those two just might be the prettiest F basses I've ever seen...
  8. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Really?? Wow, I guess it doesn't need much side pressure then... suddenly I'm very interested. :)
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Thanks. I had to thin the herd a little to aquire them. They were both wall-hangers at Bass San Diego. They always seem to have some irresistable F Basses on the wall.
  10. I was hesitant to post this review, seeing how it is for a one-of-a-kind F Bass, but in the end I figure everyone is probably interested to know how the design worked out. I ended up trading Donovan another F Bass for the black bass he asked George to build with the MM pickup and J neck pickup (both Nordstrand).

    On receiving the bass, I put it through its paces in my studio. The sounds all seemed good but not particularly special. The playability was very good, and the neck is definitely thicker and chunkier than my VF5. I noticed before even plugging it in that the sustain and punch of the notes are stronger. The lower notes actually shook my rib cage through direct vibration. I will attribute some of that to the ash/maple design vs. the alder/rosewood of my VF5, but I think the thicker neck has a lot to do with it as well. (It came with DR Marcus Millers, btw.)

    I have now played the bass out twice. It was in the mix of a live performance that I began to appreciate it. The J pickup is warm and pure, not muddy (or at least inarticulate), as I normally think of neck pups. I have used the J soloed in several songs that needed either a nice pedal-like sound or a smooth, melodic lead bass sort of vibe. The J is actually a humbucker with silent coil, so it does solo without noise. On the flip side, the MM pickup just goes places a J bridge pup wouldn't dare. It really captures the snarl and rudeness of a proper vintage stingray, and it just chews up a mix and spits it out. Soloing the MM guarantees you will be heard, not in a room shaking way - unless you dial up the active bass EQ - but in a "punch a hole right through the mix with grinding, biting mids and treble" way. The passive tone knob is good for taming the beast a bit, and rolling both pups together also produces a really nice all around sound... call it a pillow with rough edges...

    I have found that soloing the J and then rolling on the MM to the right amount of edge is nice. Soloing the MM and then rounding/fattening it with the J is also useful. I haven't even explored the MM split or passive mode to this point. And, honestly, the need to add any EQ boost just hasn't been there. I think I've dialed the lows up on the MM pup a couple times, but otherwise just running flat.

    My band is used to seeing me with lots of different gear, but they commented on how incredibly good this bass sounds. I explained the design to the sound guy, who has lots of experience running pro gigs, and he gave really good feedback after yesterday's performances. He said all the sounds were good and useful, and he emphasized that the MM sound was just a snarly, mean mofo of a bass... in a good way, of course. :D

    In summary, this bass isn't going anywhere. It's the only thing I've owned that could be called a Swiss Army Bass where all the blades on it are actually useful. Evidently George isn't planning on building more of these, but perhaps he should consider it based on these results... I mean, having a stingray vibe with F Bass ergonomics and fit and finish is a pretty special thing. Add some J flexibility in the tones, and it is an obvious winner.
  11. I always loved the bN5 shape and by far those tops are freaking amazing man! they are so above and beyond the normal finishes I have seen that I can only imagine how many organs I would have to sell on the Black market to get even one
  12. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    IN! Beautiful basses guys!
  13. deevit


    Jul 28, 2010

    Mmm F-Bass.:smug:

  14. DonovanBankhead

    DonovanBankhead Banned Commercial User

    Aug 25, 2001
    Springfield, MO
    Owner - FretSpot.com; Vice President - Springfield Music
    Thanks for the review, pocketmonster. That MJ5 is indeed a monster bass! Sadly, I don't think George will make anymore, but who knows, maybe if there is enough demand...

    BTW, here's a link to the preamp video that I made. Reposting since I just posted it in the last thread.

    YouTube - FBass Preamp Deets

    And I need to get pics of my BN6 that I traded pocketmonster for - that thing is su-weet!
  15. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    In! But boy do I need to take a better photo.

  16. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    BTW, I am sorry I'm behind on issuing numbers... our list has gotten so big that talkbass won't let me post it now. They have a limit on characters and with the links I have to photos, our club list doesn't fit in one post anymore. It will take me some time to break the list into two and post that way, and I'm a bit short on that kind of time right now so please be patient as I get it sorted out.

    Meanwhile, so that I have it in the new thread, the people I know I owe club numbers to are:

    karelbass - VF4

    uilleann13 - BN5

    And I added mrbassman_de's BN4 to his number on the list.

    Anyone else?
  17. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Let me see if this works...

    CLUB FBASS ROSTER (post 1 of 2)
    (Updated 29 March 2011)
    1. George_Furlanet (Number assigned by club vote)
    2. Tombowlus - BN4, BN5, VF5
    3. Puff_father - BN5
    4. Debassed - BNF5
    5. ThumbyAche - BN5, GFC
    6. brandonwong - BN6, BN6 custom, AC6, BNF5, BNF5(2), BN5 custom
    7. Tom7 - AC6-Standard, AC6-Classic, AC6-Fretted, BN5, BN6, VF5,
    8. Erick Lam - Vintage Fretless 5
    9. knarleybass - BN5, BN6
    10. Reefer - BN5, BN4?
    11. VinceLovesF - BN5, AC5
    12. T._Brookins - BN5
    13. DonovanBankhead - BN5
    14. Speyer - BN6 (b)
    15. jmilky - BN5
    16. edel - BN5
    17. administrator - BN5
    18. Dave Hill - BN5, (b), VF4
    19. FbassDave - BN5, BNF5
    20. Vic - VF5
    21. Georges_Abitbol - BN5 (b) (c)
    22. xav_paris - BN5, (b)
    23. Munjibunga - BN5
    24. Toolmybass - ?
    25. Modny - Studio5, Prototype
    26. mikoespanol - AC5
    27. Ron_Plichta - BN5
    28. Gbarchus - BNF5
    29. nuwavedc - BN5
    30. JerryJ - BN5, BN6, AC5
    31. yansdgr - BNF5
    32. firebass - AC5, AC6
    33. choad42 - BN5
    34. donstrenz - Vintage 4 (stolen)
    35. Gilsonite - Studio6
    36. Tjluke - BN6, AC6
    37. cabooke - BNF5
    38. Brad Johnson - Studio5
    39. MHemmber - BN4
    40. Deevit / FortressOne - BN5, (2)
    41. dreamwood - BN6
    42. wolfbass1025 - BN6, AC5, 2
    43. funkydanbass - AC6
    44. Phillip Jordan - BN5
    45. Halftooth - BN5
    46. thndrstk6 - BN6
    47. funkifiedsoul - Vintage4
    48. Trapeze Fan - BN5
    49. Poppsyche - BN6
    50. Groovy Bastard - BN6
    51. Kemet09 - Vintage4
    52. ModulusAcacia - AC5
    53. bassjam - BN5
    54. ad9000 - BN6
    55. Basses55 - BN5
    56. Kevin Woods - BNF6
    57. pierreganseman - BN5
    58. DiDi G - BN6
    59. Greggles - BN4
    60. kotzman - AC5
    61. Alphaman - BN6
    62. remigioremigio - BN5
    63. JensWest - BN5
    64. eduardxtb - BN6
    65. dveeus1 - BNF5, BN5
    66. paulvienneau - BN6, AC6
    67. bdgotoh - BN4
    68. rabster - VF5, AC5
    69. funkygeos - BN5
    70. fusoid - AC6, BN6
    71. WovenGraphite - BN6 (b), AC6 (b)
    72. rnlytton - AC6, AC6-LW, BN5 (piccolo), 3 BN6s!
    73. bardlute - AC5
    74. chrisloe - BN6, b
    75. Iposavad - BNF5
    76. yinghock - BN5, BN5 with rosewood board!
    77. pocketmonster - BN5
    78. bassment bn5 - BN5, VF5, VF5
    79. hairman - BN6, BNF5,
    80. JOEP054 - AC5, BN5, VF5
    81. p0k - VF5
    82. jmilkey - BN5
    83. Bass Junkie - AC4, (with a VF4 being built!)
    84. narud - VF5,
    85. BIg O - Studio 5, Passive 6, BN5, more photos
    86. felicidade - BNF5
    87. Drone80 - BN5, VF5
    88. steve f - BN5
    89. Fbassed - BN5, AC5
    90. rick1906 - BN5
    91. Romu - BN5
    92. Bajosintrastos - BNF5
    93. jimc - BN5, VF5
    94. cfequa - BN5
    95. mrbassman_de - AC5, BN5, BN4
    96. Graham Monette - BN5
    97. Shelly - VF5
    98. tonenazi - BN5
    99. Abacobob - BN5
  18. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    CLUB F-BASS ROSTER (post 2 of 2 - the 100s)
    1. jogi68 - BN5 (studio), BN5 (defretted), VF5, AC5, BN6, NY5, VF5
    2. ManuBerdin - Studio, BNF5, BN5
    3. rvf42 - BN5
    4. kuma9 - BN5 (wide nut)
    5. jbay - BN6
    6. INGALL'S - BN6
    7. BIGGUY78 - VF5
    9. Ewo - BN5
    10. frizzle - BN5
    11. t0t0m - BN5
    12. blen dem - BN5
    13. francoprof - BNF6
    14. bassistck - BNF5
    15. Sirmike75 - BN5
    16. Stereo Joe - Vintage BN5
    17. starKey - VF5
    18. eaflyaway - AC5
    19. hyperba55 - AC4, BN6, AC6
    20. penny0072001 - BN5
    21. TheSiberian - BN6 + piezo
    22. PhillM47 - BN5
    23. Robochrist - Studio5
    24. tcydennis - BN5
    25. wellso74 - BN6
    26. boomski - BN6
    27. nemo - Studio5
    28. maritimer - BN5
    29. olegsulimov - BN5 NYC
    30. Slammyapple - BN5
    31. jephil - BNF5, BN6
    32. MVPBASS - BN4
    33. lindseyp - BN5
    34. J.Wolf - BN5
    35. Karelbass - VF4
    36. uilleann13 - BN5
    37. <Your name could be here!>
    Former Fbass owners:
    GRoberts, AJ Brown, JRB, jmondick, ursus, Freddy-G, Adrian Garcia, Yvon, dean82, smperry, Ryan_L, rodneyat, 123eranoid, Gordon of Eden, choad42, black.rose1402, blen dem, Jonno1707 - AC5, Quadzilla - BN4, BN5, ?, RoboChrist - BN4, blen dem - BN5, BassBoss - AC5, KJung - VF5, Bassconbeatz - BN6,
  19. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Rats, the numbers reset. I'll have to give this more thought, meanwhile, welcome Karelbass (#135) and uilleann13 (#136) to the club! I'll have your numbers set right before long.
  20. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    I didn't know that! That's really interesting.
    Okay, I officially hate you now. I would have bought that bass myself, but I'm kind of done with shiny black basses; I just can't keep them clean enough. But I have always longed for a 5 string MM and never got one because I really want the full 19mm string spacing. I've almost bought a used 4 string stingray a time or two, but seeing as I never played my four string Fodera Yin Yang, it seemed crazy to buy a 4 string Musicman.

    Great review. You make me wish I'd have just gotten myself over the whole "I can't keep my fingerprints off it!" OCD thing and got it. Well done.

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