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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by berklee46, Apr 6, 2002.
Just came today - Woo Hoo!!
Shes a looker!
I don't like that kind of body shape, but the finish is great, and I have no doubt it is a wonderful player.
All the best,
F Bass. Yum!
Very Cool! There aren't a whole lot of 4 string F Basses around, are there?
Between that, your Status basses, and your Ripley/Curbow hybrid (it'll be done eventually, really), you've got yourself quite the eclectic collection going.
That is a gorgeos bass! F-Basses are some of the nicest playing, nicest sounding basses I have played. I love the pre-amp section too. Have fun!
great score! I love those things! Did you get it on ebay? seems like I remember watching one like that. I'd love a fretted BN4...
I never really liked the F body shape either (Jean...), till I played it. It's got a definite reason for being that shape, and it's a good reason. It's about the best design I've played, as far as balance/ergonomics/overall comfort.
Wonderful basses. We should get George F in the luthier forum...
Now I hate you too.
That makes 2 of us.
I got it used - it was built in 1999 and looks like it was built yesterday. The previous owner took really great care of it.
There aren't many 4-string F's out there, so I had to grab it to see if all the talk I'd heard about them was true - and it is! The body style is actually nice person and actually makes it look more like a handmade bass with the carved body. The pickup covers and blackwood knobs really are nice touches as well. Overall the bass is very classy.
Sound-wise, it blew me away. It's got a very even tone, but you can coax out any sound from it, and that's just in passive mode.
I've been a die-hard graphite fan, so this is my first wooden-necked bass in a while. I hate doing even minor truss rod tweaks like a normal person... I've got to get used to it. My band has the month off, but I'm excited to see how it works out on the gig!
Sigh, more bass porn. That sweet thing is so hot!! Wish I had one.
I am SOOOOO jealous!!!
And curious - I found a BN-6 for sale used for $2400 CAD (approx $1500 USD). It is a natural finish, with some wear, I haven't had a chance to play it yet.
Does this sound like a good price to you?
No, that's a terrible price. Just tell me where you saw it...
i don't think i'll ever like wood pickup covers, but i still think that's an awesome bass. nice work!
It was a consignment item at Sherwood Music (Kitchener, ON, Canada), being sold by one of their teachers. I suspected this was aggressive pricing, because I do live in the middle of nowhere.....
What would you pay? (assuming the bass is in great playing and tone shape).
He was being sarcastic you know. Of course your probably being sarcastic too. Which means that we are all caught in a big web of confusing sarcasm.
Seriously, that's as good a price as I can remember seeing for a 6-string F, and the other one was a fretless that disappeared in a flash from the Giampietro Guitars site. Generally they run in the $1800-2000US range, I think.
BN-6??? I need one of those. Just not right now. I will probably wind up having to buy new. Especially if I instead go for a BN-7....
Kitchener, eh? I was there last weekend, maybe I should have done a little looking around.
I'll post this over at the correct forum, but to give you guys a heads-up as to why I'm thinking of selling it already:
I bought this as a trial to see what all the hype about F Basses was for, since it's impossible to check out high end gear in person around Boston... I found that it's is an absolutely stunning bass and just screams out "handcrafted" and "classy." The sound is amazing too - you can get an amazing range of sounds from this bass. From a boomy
thump, to a growly Wal-ish tone, and everything in between. It's got the most "even" tone I've heard.
So, why am I selling it already? After playing the F for hours and hours, I picked up my beloved old headless Status and just realized that it still felt perfect for me. It doesn't have the tonal range of the F, but because of it's bulletproof-ness and sentimental reasons, it just has to remain as my main bass, and I can't justify having the F Bass
sitting around most of the time. It would just be a waste to not use this bass.
I paid $1500 for it and will sell it for that, and I'll ship via UPS for that price. I'm not looking to make any money, but wanted to try out a bass and see what it was like.
It looks like it just came out of the shop -looks like new! No scratches/dings/wear at all. Bass Player gave it a wonderful review Feb 2000 and the bass certainly lives up to it's reputation. It's in better condition than any other used F Bass you'll find - trust me - you won't be disappointed!!
4-String / 34.5" scale / Transparent Red over ash / Matching Pickup covers / Blackwood Knobs / Active-Passive EQ with 3 band EQ / Schaller Straplocks / Levi's F-Bass gig bag
(Bass isn't as bright red as the photos look. It's more of a dark blood-red with the black grain showing through)