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FS: F Bass BN5 - Macassar Ebony top - Flame maple board w/block inlays

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by climb, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD

    This is a top of the line F Bass BN5. Astounding Macassar Ebony top, flame maple fingerboard (hard to see in the photos, but really distinctive in person) and rare, classy Macassar Ebony block inlays, with matching headstock. 34.5" scale; will check weight but lighter than other F's I've played. I have owned 4 F Basses, and this is BY FAR (I cannot emphasize this enough) the best one I've ever seen, played, or heard. It is an amazing instrument on every level. George F. himself played one just like this for years, b/c of his high opinion of the sound of these basses (he told me so in conversation; you can double check w/him).

    On the F bass website, you can see virtually the same bass for sale... for $8150! The pictures of celebs playing F basses on the web site shows Marcus Miller playing my bass (the exact same one; you can tell by the wood grain).

    Ships with gig bag (not F bass gigbag, but a good gig bag) and will be professionally packed/shipped.

    Asking $3800 (PRICE DROP #4) for this bass + shipping. F basses have gone up in price big time since 2008, and you will not find a better deal on this bass anywhere. The bass is in nice condition, but the nitro lacquer is delicate, and there's a small ding on the headstock, as well as some small scratches/4-5 mm areas of lacquer rub off on the pickup covers under the strings. Bass plays absolutely perfectly, and I mean perfect. Pictures do not do this bass justice.

    Will also consider trades (+cash if needed) for

    Vintage Fender jazz bass
    Alleva-Coppolo jazz 4 string
    Sadowsky NYC vintage jazz 4 string
    Sukop (34" scale) 4/5/6
    Fodera any 34" scale

    Maple fingerboards preferred but let's see what you've got!
  2. great bass and great seller!
  3. Was this Adrian's?

  4. brandonwong


    Dec 16, 2003
    AdrianG's mac bass is with me! :hyper:

    And bump for this beautiful bass with the ebony inlays.
  5. 3NotesAbar


    Jul 3, 2005

  6. stevethebassguy


    Feb 3, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Endorsing Artist, MonoCase, Aguilar Amplification
    George makes on hell of a bass man....that one is gorgeous.......

    good luck on the sale...
  7. bassjam

    bassjam Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    Lakland Basses, G&L Basses, Genzler Amplification
    Oh my-that is beautiful.
  8. Ron Plichta

    Ron Plichta Supporting Member

    May 19, 2007
    Fairfax, VA
    I got to play this bass and it has given me serious F Bass GAS! I can't afford this one, but it's well worth the money.
  9. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    So that's where that one ended up! I was wondering.:)
  10. :eek::eek::eek:

    *picks up jaw from floor*

    Man, oh man. That is one fine looking bass you've got there. A little to steep for my wallet, sad to say.

    How do these basses sound? I've only seen clips of Alain Caron playing his fretless (which sounded like the best fretless I've ever heard). If you search for "F Bass" on YouTube, you get a lot of random F blues stuff...:rolleyes:
  11. If sadowsky is a jazz on steroids, a Fbass is a jazz on champagne.

  12. speyer

    speyer Supporting Member

    WOW... Great bass at an awesome price!

    These are 6k+ when ordered from George!... and hard to find much cheaper in stores!

    Beautiful Bass!
  13. csala


    Aug 14, 2005
    Santa Monica, Ca
    So...the greatest bass in the world with block inlays? Not too shabby.
  14. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    Wow.......so tempting
  15. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Would you consider any trades?
  16. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    Thanks for your offer--I really do need cash for taxes, though...
  17. DonovanBankhead

    DonovanBankhead Banned Commercial User

    Aug 25, 2001
    Springfield, MO
    Owner - FretSpot.com; Vice President - Springfield Music
    What a great bass. You're gonna regret selling this one. :)

    BTW, I have a rather lousy soundclip posted at my site of a BN5, for those that are interested (please be kind, it's not the best playing in the world, I mainly did it just to check out how to use Reaper recording software...)
  18. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    No longer available for sale (thankfully)!
  19. Congratz :)
  20. Tom7

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

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Congrats! That was a VERY pretty bass. I'd have bought it if I could have justified it, but I couldn't find a reason other than lust. Hopefully it went to a good home! :)

    I think we are supposed to close the thread when it is sold, right?

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