No longer available FBB #043 5 String Fretted

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Ed Goode, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA


    This magnificent bass is FBB Bass Works #043, a fretted 5 string built as a Bass5 body prototype around 2001 or so by Matt Schmill. The bass has had several owners over these years (including me twice, I bought it used somewhere around ‘06, sold it, and then re-purchased it ‘17), but it’s in great condition for a heavily gigged bass. A few gig kisses here and there, but nothing major at all (see pics for details).

    The first time I owned it the bass had a Bart pre-amp, but now it has an Aguilar OBP-1. Matt tells me he remembers the bass being passive originally and is not sure when (or who) added the pre-amp. Whoever put the Aguilar pre in left the wiring pretty messy, not what you would expect from something that Matt built. I was going to clean it up, but it’s effective so I’ve just left it alone.


    Body is lacewood/curly maple wave over butternut
    7 piece maple/beech/jabota neck-thru
    Bartolini J9 pickups with Aguilar OBP-1 pre-amp
    35” scale
    18mm spacing
    Hipshot bridge
    Gotoh tuners
    Dunlop straplocks (I’ll include the males for your strap)

    I have been an extremely biased FBB player for the past twenty years, with FBB ERBs always my main electric bass choice. My main gigging bass is FBB #020, a fretless 6 string and my main studio/writing bass is FBB #146, a fretless 7 string. I have owned several other FBBs over the years, including #030 (fretted 5) and #1112 (fretted 7). Every one of these instruments are pro-grade, top of the line basses that have served me very well in every situation.

    Most FBBs I’ve owned are fairly “Smith-sounding”, more of a rounded, clean tone as compared to a hard bite. But this 5 has a real presence, it’s currently strung with pretty bright rounds with lots of life on them (maybe D’Addarios ??), and with the OBP-1 it’s definitely got the capability of being in-your-face. I only have 1 studio track recorded with it, track is on my web site linked here ... “Put It Where You Want It”, about 4 tracks down. 60947198-E5C5-4290-948B-B4DABFCC2E07.jpeg 76A51874-6E9E-4294-A89F-F58628E77C3B.jpeg View attachment 3858526 33641818-13E2-40EE-AE54-569E844A31C8.jpeg BC807395-96FF-45F3-B02F-8E290EF5C25B.jpeg 109D8E0F-19FC-47E3-9F9E-002D7BDD03ED.jpeg F9D75452-5EC0-46E2-A319-A9E3DF6E858C.jpeg View attachment 3858531 The action is low and the neck is beautifully set. The bass is a slappers dream, if that’s your thing.

    The only reason I’m selling this bass is to replace funds I used to purchase an acoustic bass that I can drag around with me when we travel (assuming the ‘Rona restrictions ease up eventually). I have re-priced this at a really affordable level to give someone the chance to own something like this for low coin, and truthfully, I don’t really need the money.

    Shipping included, PayPal is no problem.

    If you need any more information, reach out ...

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    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020
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  2. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    I bought my very first bass amp from Ed in a local deal and got to see quite a few of his basses in person. He is a terrific guy to deal with, and he is a gifted and discerning player who has been a professional bassist for longer than I’ve been alive. If he liked this bass enough to buy it twice, I’d be willing to bet the farm that it is a truly wonderful instrument!
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  3. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Thanks! Glad the amp worked out ... and yes, this is a great bass!
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  4. rockosocko

    rockosocko Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2008
    I own two FBB basses myself, they are truly great basses. Whoever buys this will be more than happy with it.
  5. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Thanks, and yes, they’ll be very happy ... it’s a really nice instrument. I rescued it this last time even though I was pretty sure I’d rarely, if ever, use it. I’m almost entirely fretless and 6 or 7 strings when playing electric.
  6. kenneth wofford

    kenneth wofford

    Jun 20, 2020
    Wanted to see if this is still available, I live in Canton, GA and saw it on Facebook marketplace, but it was removed before I could inquire about it.