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FBass BN5 Maple vs Ebony Board

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JPMcGuire, Apr 6, 2014.

FBass BN5 Maple or Ebony Fingerboard?

Poll closed Apr 20, 2014.
  1. Maple

    17 vote(s)
  2. Ebony

    23 vote(s)
  1. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    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. Ebony is superior to Maple, IMO.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I love maple but to me ebony just puts it over the top.
  4. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    mac ebony trumps maple
  5. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    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!!!

  6. FunkyMcNasty


    Dec 4, 2010
    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.
  7. bikeplate


    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    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
  8. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    Great! From the feedback it sounds like maple with ash body is what I'm looking for. anyone thinking of selling a good one? :)
  9. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Nothing feels quite as good as an ebony board. They are tougher too.
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Ebony has the best qualifications. It feels better and it stays in shape forever.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    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.
  12. Backwoodsman


    Mar 17, 2014
    Ebony weighs nearly 3x more than maple. The higher wood density transfers sound better, and will give longer sustain.
  13. asbs


    Oct 11, 2010
    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
  14. greenrositti

    greenrositti Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    New England

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

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    I have never played an FBass in my life. But I'll take ebony pretty much every time.
  16. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    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....
  17. JPMcGuire

    JPMcGuire Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    Ended up getting an ash/maple turquoise cerise with chrome hardware. Should be here soon. Looking forward to trying a bn5!