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My new bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by berklee46, Apr 6, 2002.

  1. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    Just came today - Woo Hoo!!
  2. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Shes a looker!
  3. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    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,
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    F Bass. Yum!
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    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.

    New, used?

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    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! :)
  7. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    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...
  8. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Now I hate you too. :(
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND

    That makes 2 of us.
  10. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    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!
  11. Sigh, more bass porn. That sweet thing is so hot!! Wish I had one.
  12. :cool: 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?

  13. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska

    No, that's a terrible price. Just tell me where you saw it... :)

  14. i don't think i'll ever like wood pickup covers, but i still think that's an awesome bass. nice work!
  15. Hey Mike:

    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).


  16. BillyBishop


    Feb 7, 2001

    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.

    /me explodes

  17. SSSSShhhhhhh......

  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    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.

  19. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    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.

  20. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    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)

    More photos:http://members8.clubphoto.com/scott541634/735646/owner-20f8.phtml


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