Boden Bass Original 5 Natural
The Boden Bass Original model features the classic time-tested wood combination of lightweight chambered Swamp Ash body with solid Flame Maple top and Roasted Maple neck and fretboard. Strong in the high-mids with sweet highs and a punchy and tight low-end, the Original 4 and 5 basses provide the articulation and expressiveness that players of Classic J-style basses are accustomed to.
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Allowing me to be able to play a fiver again!
My wife obtained a fretless version of this bass, and it could not be more amazing to play. Where to start, I have a long-term medical issue that has made playing heavy basses a no-go, as well as the necks on most fivers are painful to play. This bass, being about 6 lbs, and with the ergonomic design (especially the neck), have allowed me to return to playing. There is only one issue and that the fretless model has the position dots are in the location for a fretted instrument, not fretless. I understand that this is a limited production, but it they ever made another batch they should think of addressing it.
Thank you for sharing your story, Fred. We're happy to hear that our basses has helped you return to playing.
I couldn't leave the store without it.
I’ve owned and loved quite a few bases in my time including a cheap fun chambered retro reissue that put the “d” in neck dive, p-basses, clones, and p-bass offspring, and a glorious 35” five-string that weighs as much as a Peavey T-40 I owned a while back. Fortunately, I had a chance to try one in person. I went in not wanting to like it, fanned frets, beheaded form-factor, weird neck, 18 mm spacing rather than my preferred 19 mm, and the (erm) list price were going to be the reasons for me to walk out of the store without this bass. None of those reasons stopped me. Some of the reviews warned of acclimation periods for the fanned frets yet, despite a lifetime of standard frets under my fingers, it took a lick or two to get used to the fretboard. The EndurNeck didn’t seem awkward at all regardless of thumb placement. The Dark Glass / Nordstrand combo off electronics delivers the goods! The treble cut is the sleeper feature! Lightweight for all day jams! As portable and light as the family classic reissue sort-scale 4-string! A solid and resonant neck. My only complaint is looking down at the knobs and seeing galvanized washer and nut holding in the control knobs. Brass or black would blend better and make another bold statement about detail, fit, and finish. But you know what? It is honestly the best sounding and feeling bass I have ever put in my hands.
Thank you for the review, Edward! We're glad to hear that you are enjoying your bass.