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F bass BN5 Custom 5 string bass
Private collection.
Photography: Jon Shishido.


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Builder: F bass (George Furlanetto)
Model: a very special Custom BN5 made by George F. himself
Serial Number: 811099
Case/Gigbag: original F bass gigbag

Dimensions:
Weight: approx. 10 pounds.
Scale Length: 34.5 inches.
Neck Shape: flat oval.
Width at Nut: 1.75 inches.
String Width at Bridge: 2.75 inches.
Overall Length: 46.75 inches.
Widest: 13.5 inches.

Construction:
Neck: one-piece flatsawn highly figured birdseye maple, bolt-on. matching sunburst finish with inlaid pearl 'F' logo.
Fingerboard: quartersawn cocobolo, 22 frets, intricate handcut floral inlay in mother of pearl.
Body: an incredible piece of spalted maple that is at once burled, spalted, and flamed. matching wood pickup covers and control cavity covers. one-piece ash back.
Finish: sunburst, glossy.

Hardware:
Bridge: Hipshot 2-way adjustable, chrome.
Tuners: Gotoh minis, chrome.
Strap buttons: large non-locking, chrome.
Control knobs: turned wood (blackwood) knobs with white position marker.
Outputs: one 1/4" mono.

Electronics:
Pickups: F bass dual coils (with coil tap, able to run in single coil or humcanceling modes).
Controls: neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume (pull up for single coil mode), passive treble roll off (pull up for active preamp off), bass boost, mid boost, treble boost.
Preamp: F bass active, 9-volt system.

Notes:
Overall condition: near mint.

     When George Furlanetto made this bass it took him about two years just to collect all the woods, and then another year to build. This bass eventually represented the F bass line at the 2003 NAMM show, where it was acquired by a Honolulu performing and session bassist. The neck on this bass feels incredibly soft and inviting, one of the most beautifully caved necks I have ever experienced. The bass has a deep, balanced, and focused sound, with a somewhat more compressed high end in comparison to the more common solid ash/maple fingerboard F basses we've seen - a different but absolutely gorgeous sounding instrument.

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