VF5 vs BN5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tom Gotsch, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Hey everyone. Sorry if this thread has been done before, but I’m looking around for a 5 string bass. F Bass really appeals to me, and I can probably check out some of their basses at Bass Club Chicago. However, I don’t have a lot of time nowadays, and it’s kind of a drive. Is there anything that the VF has and the BN doesn’t? I love the look of the VF, but I also like the humbuckers/single coils on the BN. Do they have different sounds?
     
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  2. thewildest

    thewildest

    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
    If you are going to order, you can ask a VF body with BN (or AC) guts. The guys at F have always been very accomodating.

    I believe the VF is more of a vintage/classic Jazz-on-steroids bass, where the BN takes from there and brings an incredibly versatile instrument, able to conver so much spectrum.

    Love FBass, in no way you’d end dissapointed.
     
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  3. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Great, I was wondering about this.
     
  4. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I’ve had both. Still have my BN5; I like everything about it better. Most of all, the thick tone which is so even and balanced all over the neck. The VF was a very nice jazz bass, but for me, the BN is on another level.
    I prefer the Charcoal BN5 here:

     
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  5. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Would you say the tone came from the pickups? It’s the same EQ, right?
     
  6. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Follow up, what do people think about PJ VF5 vs JJ VF5?
     
  7. I just asked about this on my recent order and Fbass will not do BN pickups in a VF body shape. They are both nice. It depends on if you want a Jazz bass or something a bit more modern.
     
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  8. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    That’s a shame, but I’ll proabably just try both out in the store and see which one I like more.
     
  9. bass08053

    bass08053 Supporting Member

    May 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    I’ve had my BN5 for 16 years now. It’s the most versatile bass I’ve ever owned. I always favored the bridge pickup until in the last two years I started giving more juice to the neck pickup. Wouldn’t you know, I had one of the best P bass sounds right in front of me this whole time. A BN will be a j or a p in one instrument. The preamp is boost only which I prefer. The bass sounds great passive or active. I’ve been running it passive lately to prove active electronics aren’t always necessary. This thing is still impressing me years later. You should come over to Club F Bass on TB. You can talk to hundreds of F players such as the great ones that posted above.
     
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  10. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine | Marketing Manager- Trickfish Amplification
    I have had both, and like both but I ultimately feel the BN is the flagship, and what put F bass on the map, for good reason. The VF is a very cool take on a jazz bass, but the BN has some magic sauce and killer versatility that, were I to own only one F bass, would be my definite preference.
     
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  11. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine | Marketing Manager- Trickfish Amplification
    But if you're really looking for something close to the Fender Jazz family tree with better ergonomics and killer jazz bass tone, a VF would be a great option.
     
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