Fretless 6 'F bass'

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tyjacks, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. tyjacks


    Dec 23, 2002
    Memphis, TN.
    Thinking of purchasing a 6 String fretless, anyone here have any experience with 'F' Bass's Alain Caron 6 ?
  2. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Yep they are good basses. Not the be all end all of fretless IMO but definitely a good buy.
  3. I have had one for three years, and it's still the best fretless I have ever played!
  4. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    F basses suck!!....

  5. F-bass is a great fretless. Everyone I have played were excellent.

    You might also want to look into a Zon. IMHO, Joe make one of the best fretless basses available.

  6. Whappo Grande

    Whappo Grande

    Feb 9, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA.
    Engineer: AccuGroove Speakers & Amps
    Although not the Alain Caron model, I had the BNF6 for a couple of years.

    They are amazing basses that I would whole heartily recommend. ItÂ’s one of the few fretless basses that I would invest in site un-seen.
  7. Dr.SixString


    Apr 30, 2002
    Yeah they are great basses:cool:
  8. Zoot H Rollo

    Zoot H Rollo

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    is that a Fred Bass?

    how did you know? i'm still designing/building it!


  9. tyjacks


    Dec 23, 2002
    Memphis, TN.
    Thanks for the info, but I looking for more information about the playability, tone character, value for the money. I've also thought about the ZON Sonus or a Fodera Emperor II
  10. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Check out Hanewinckel - - highly recommended, excellent fretlesses.
  11. can the be all end all be measured?

    what separates a bass that is the be all end all from something that is not?
  12. I've played a BNF4 (I used to own it, it is now here at Bunnybass ), and a Caron 5. The 4 was an early F Bass fretless, but it had a really even opening mwah and played very easily. It predated the standard F Bass pickups, though, and the Bartolini Hi-A's were a little too HI-Fi sounding compared to my newer fretted F Basses.

    The 2 year old 5 string Caron was awesome! Even played acoustically, the warm tone and growing mwah were very evident. Played through the Eden rig in the shop, it killed. George suggested that whoever purchased this bass should add the preamp for an even wider breadth of tone options.

    I think the acoustic chambers in the Caron add all kinds of depth to the sound. My dream fretless (on my wish list for next year) is a Caron 6 with a preamp.

    SO there's a little biased opinion...:smug:
  13. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Just play the Fodera I sold to boogiebass. ;)

    I'm actually starting to kinda miss it. :oops:

    btw: I just sold my fretless Caron 6 w/ preamp to a guy in San Francisco...
  14. i hear ya. ;) fodera's are definately sweet basses. although, back in the mid 90's i had the opportunity to buy a fodera which was supposedly made for vic wooten(or so the sales guy said), and i chose to get a smith instead. i never looked back. my point, its all subjective IMO. i've never had the opportunity to play an F Bass fretless and i'm dying to try one.
  15. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    I know...some people prefer F basses like my buddy Adrian Garcia here and it's cool! If we all liked the same thing these forums would be boring. What could we argue about? ;) I'm just half serious and half playin' around about the Fodera thing.

    BTW I played a six string Smith at Bass Alone the other day and I really liked it...definitely not a bad choice at all ;) I wouldn't mind a fiver.
  16. tell john to post pics of it man!!
  17. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    It will probably be up soon I'm guessing. I'll probably be down there tomorrow so I will ask.
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Playability on the Carons is usually exceptional. Very effortless. I'd say the tone of the ones I've played has been warm and very growly yet still articulate. Value? You're getting one of the best fretlesses on the planet IMO. You have to decide what that's worth to you;)

    Even more than fretted basses, the performance of a fretless hinges on the player. I got to listen to a wide array of folks check out my Brubaker fretless at NAMM and it ranged from exquisite to almost painful:D.

    I love fretless so I've somehow accumulated some fairly nice ones. While I don't have a fretless F bass (I have only fretted F basses)I've gotten excellent results with Brubaker, Elrick, Zon and Stambaugh. I highly recommend any of these. I just got a Modulus Q4 fretless yesterday so I'll see how it works out.