2004 F Bass BNF5 Fretless 5-string – Sunburst


This particular bass was at the 2004 NAMM show in the F Bass booth

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F Bass Inc was founded by George Furlanetto in 1978, way back when 5 and 6-string bridges had to be fashioned from two 4-string bridges. George’s life path towards luthiery was inspired by his father’s craftsmanship and his mother’s musical talent. He started out by restoring instruments for a local music shop during the late 60’s & 70’s. It was here that he discovered that basses needed much more attention and had significant room for improvement. So he set out to create his own unique basses with “modern” appointments like a 5th & 6th string, fast action, and discreet wooden pickup shells. The company operated out of small workshops in Hamilton for several years to build upon this foundation. In 1986, F Bass grew into our current 5,000 sqft factory on McKinstry Street, becoming a hub for creatives and musicians alike. Four decades later, F Bass Inc continues to be family owned & operated with George’s son Marcel carrying on his vision.

The BN series is the product of 40+ years of F Bass evolution. While it has roots stemming from the original Jazz Bass, it has slowly morphed into our signature sound, feel, and look. The BN series’ voice leans heavily on the wood choices and design of the instrument itself, with the electronics designed to simply enhance those attributes, rather than colour them. The F Bass pickups and preamp are natural & transparent though offer the flexibility of a modern active bass. The result is a big yet controlled bottom end, a rich punchy midrange, and a high end that is articulate yet sweet. We’re often asked how our BN series differs from our VF series—the BN is a bigger yet more refined and “polite” tone that can still get plenty aggressive when asked.

5 string

Nut Width: 1 3/4”
Width at last fret: 3 1/8”
Fingerboard Radius: 10” – 16”
Scale Length: 34.5”
Number of Frets 0
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm
Pickups F Two F Bass Stacked Single Coil Pickups with Noise-Cancelling Mode
Preamp F Bass 9V Preamp with Bass Boost, Mid Boost, & Treble Boost
Passive Controls Neck & Bridge Volume (single-coil or noise-cancelling push/pull), Tone (active or passive push/pull)
Neck Wood 3 Piece Quarter-Sawn Maple
Fingerboard Wood Gabon Ebony
Body Wood Northern 3 piece Ash/Bubinga
Tuners Gotoh tuners with 20:1 ratio
Bridge Handmade Ebony
Knobs Handmade Ebony Knobs

This is a beautiful example of a handcrafted 5 string fretless in exceptional shape . This particular bass was at the 2004 NAMM show in the F Bass booth.

Additional information

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions50 × 20 × 8 in