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Visit at the F Bass Factory!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VinceLovesF, Mar 12, 2008.


  1. Hi!

    While doing a little trip to Canada last two weeks, visiting Québec and Ontario, I went to F Bass in Hamilton, On. I had a great time and George even came to pick me up...
    Enjoy!

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    Cocobolo BN5

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    Crazy thing, Fretted AC6, Midi neck thru.....

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    Basses waiting for painting, lacquering. (I heard GF now uses a new lacquer, a lot more resistant)

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    Bodies and Necks before assembly.

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    Midi AC6, same as AC....

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    Final assembly

    Basses I played!
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    Cocobolo BN5F....Killer one!

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    Mac Top BN5, Really really beautiful and easy to play.

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    AC6 the king of fretless....With bass skills, must be a gorgeous time with it!

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    The man himself...

    Production:
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    Neck making

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    Wood stocking, exotic woods and neck waiting to dry after being stuck.

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    Necks and basses before painting/lacquering.

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    Pickups protection making.

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    Preparing necks.

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    Neck finishing before body adjustment.

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    F Bass VF-5 preparing

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    Workshop main view

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    Random pics

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    GF and I! ^^

    I loved to visit and to experience this. George and his crew was very patient and willing to give me a bit of time.
    That was nice to meet the guys who did my bass. And to try out others basses. BTW sorry for the rain George after I played...:p

    I hope you'll enjoy it.
    VinceLovesF
     
  2. Now THAT is customer support :D
     
  3. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    NY
    Excellent stuff!!! Thanks for posting this!
     
  4. Awesome shots of gorgeous basses in the works!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
     
  5. nice pics! :)
     
  6. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    Like others have said, thanks alot for sharing! Excellent pics and it sounds like George is a great guy.
     
  7. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    Wow! Not only was that an elucidating glimpse into the F Bass construction process, but your photographs are excellent! Do you shoot professionally? Very impressive.

    Any idea how many folks work in that shop?

    I was surprised to see the back of the neck being finished while unsupported; I would think that the wood would flex enough to make precise, controllable sanding/buffing/whatever he was doing difficult. But maybe that's the point? maybe they want the neck to flex while they're working on it?

    Cool stuff, thanks for sharing. :::sigh::: Someday I'll have an AC6...
     
  8. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Dude, I am soooooo jealous!!! George and his crew are some of the coolest, nicest people around. :cool:

    You didn't by any chance see any blue BN5's getting ready to ship out, did you? :eyebrow:

    Tom.
     
  9. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Gee, thanks a lot, that just gave me a big shot of GAS; too early in the morning. :rolleyes:

    No, really, thanks for a great virtual tour. ;)
     
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    +1. Great post.
     
  11. Great pics, great tour, awesome basses. That's a serious wood working shop!!! I must say, I have F Bass gass now :rollno:
     
  12. Wow, great pictures.

    They almost make it look easy ;)
     
  13. Thanks a lot for the nice comments....

    Hoover: Thanks, I don't shoot professionaly, I'm an hobbyist, I have a good camera which makes all the work....:smug:
    I think they're 7 working there.

    No ideas for necks, perhaps george will come to discuss this...

    Tom, I think we see a lil' bit of your bass on my pictures, actually the neck (if it's birdseye board) and a bit of the body on the buckeye top body picture.
    George told me it was yours ;)

    Vince
     
  14. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    awesome thread!!
     
  15. rufus mangler

    rufus mangler

    Oct 10, 2007
    Thanks for the great pix!
     
  16. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Great pics Vince, thanks for taking the time to post them. I am a big fan of George's work and always enjoy seeing pictures of the process.

    Thanks again!
     
  17. brandonwong

    brandonwong

    Dec 16, 2003
    The thru neck, midi, double pickup AC6 looks great!
    I had wished GF did my AC6 with double pickups too but unfortunately it wasn't possible at that time i requested.

    Is he still using RMC polydrive I for the midi?
    I remember my BN6 being the first rmc polydrive that was compatible with his preamp. (They had different input voltage specifications.)

    Thanks for the delicious pics! :hyper:
     
  18. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Hi Vince! Well done my friend! I am so happy you got to spend time with George and visit his factory. Your photo's are excellent! You are always welcome to visit us here in the US too when you get a chance.

    Did you visit make you want to buy another F Bass? (how could that not happen?) Gary
     
  19. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Ah, cool! I see it now. Thanks!

    That fingerboard looks awesome! :)

    Tom.
     
  20. Nice pics. I live so close to there, yet I haven't been yet. I really should get on that.

    lowsound
     

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