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New F Bass BN-6

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Geoff St. Germaine, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Well, I got my new F Bass the other day. It is a natural BN-6, ash body with a maple neck and fretboard. So far I am really impressed with the bass. I can see the Jazz bass on steroids comparison, but I think the bass is a lot more than that.

    My first impressions are that the bass has a very lively feel and sound. The bass is very playable, with great body contours, a great neck shape and great balance.

    Sonically, the bass is punchy and bright. The slap tone on this bass is amazing. I think it is a great contrast to my Dingwall 6. I am actually very impressed with the B string. It is probably one of the best I have heard next to my Dingwall. There are no complaints on it at all. The top strings are phenomenal as well.

    I am also surprised by the ease at which I can switch between the Dingwall and the F. The F is 34.5" scale while the Dingwall is multi-scale. I haven't had any difficulty switching while practicing.

    Overall I am very happy. It makes me wonder what I am going to do about a fretless.

  2. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    ummm....forget something? :D
  3. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Cool Geoff!!

    Congrats on the new bass...

    Now what about a couple of pics?? ;)

    Peace, JP
  4. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Were you thinking of a fretless dingwall and now leaning towards a BNF 6 or an AC6??

    Peace, JP
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  6. Ditto, again!
  7. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Hmmm.......A Fretless F-Bass?

    I enjoy F-Bass basses.

    Did you perhaps order your BN-6 new Geoff?

    You'll have to visit George's Factory on McKinstry Street in Hamilton, Ontario one day.
    It's deep in the heart of Hamilton's Industrial Area, that's why he can legally spray the special paints for basses there.

    George's Factory is only 7 km from my home. And yet, I don't own an F-Bass......I've got a Zon.

    I've got to find a cheap used F-Bass.......or save for a brand new custom F-Bass.....who knows!
  8. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Well JP, it is probably going to be between a Dingwall and an F bass. I am not sure between the BNF and AC6, I'll have to get to George's shop to try some out. It is going to be hard to decide between Dingwall and F though. Maybe I'll have to get one of each. I am not too opposed to that idea.

    I will get some pics up after lunch. It seems this computer doesn't want to upload them.

  9. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    The bass is new. I bought it from Mother's Music in Edmonton. It was the best deal I could find on this bass.

  10. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Hmmm........that gets me thinking.

    I think I'm going to bug George for a price on a new BN-4

    Thanks for your reply Geoff!
  11. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Since I got my JP Plume fretless, I'm probably going to sell my F BNF5. They are great basses, but I'm just not playing that much lately.

    Geoff, I'm having a hard time seeing yours...
    here's one to look at in the meantime:
    I'll delete it when you post your pix if you want.
  12. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    congrats , Geoff!! now you know what Ive been raving about! :)
    peace!- A.
  13. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Here are the pics.


    No need to take down the link xush.

  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Congrats, Geoff, looks a lot like my natural BN5. F basses... yeah;)
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Looks great Geoff!

    Tanks for posting a pic.

    Peace, JP
  16. Now that is one beautiful blonde! Congrats!
  17. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
  18. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Love the finish!! Congrats!!

  19. Apparently the canadian school system pays their students very well (tapping finger). Congrats Geoff, awesome bass.

    So now its a toss up between a fretless Dingwall and a Fretless F bass? I can tell you i log alot of time on my Fretless Dingwall, the bass grows and grows on me. I have no problems w/ the fretless Novax board (yes its lined) and of course you get all the goodies that Dingwall brings to the table.

    You mention that this new F bass is punchy and bright, isn't that how you'd describe the Dingwall (at least punchy)?

    Tough call on which bass to choose for fretless, if only all of life's decisions were like this.
  20. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    The F bass is probably brighter than the Dingwall. The slap tone is amazing. The F bass sounds like it is "scooped" in the midrange as compared to the Prima 6 which I would say has a more even sound in this respect (neither good nor bad either way, just different). The F Bass really gets a slap tone that I cannot get with the Dingwall.

    It will be a tough decision on which fretless to get. Like I said though, I may wind up getting one of each, if the sonic contrast is the same between the Dingwall and F Bass fretless basses. An AC6 and a Prima 6 fretless wouldn't be a bad thing.


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