Rees F-Light Bass
Ultra-lightweight basses that punch like heavyweights

Choice of a single P-bass pickup; or dual pickups of P-bass and J-bass with punchy humbucker voice

After you have played one of these basses you will be asking yourself: why are almost all basses so big, heavy and clumsy? - Well they need 34 inches of scale for fullest deep bass tone, but they don't necessarily need the industry standard 5 kg or 11 lbs of weight and long overall length for best tone. 3 kg or 6.5 lbs is quite sufficient for very best tone in a well designed and constructed instrument of finest wood.

F-Light bass
4 string, long 34 inch scale, bass guitar
Ultra lightweight - nearly half the weight of an industry-standard P-bass
Small overall length and easy to play - the long upper horn brings the headstock closer to the musician
One or two Seymour Duncan pickups for punchy full tone of vintage pedigree
Highly portable - a travel bass guitar for gigs
Korina hardwood body for fine tone and long sustain
Choice of body colours and sunbursts

Maple neck with maple or rosewood fretboard

bass horns

Carved korina
Finest tone and light weight have been achieved by carefully selecting the most suitable African hardwood pieces. The centre working part of the instrument is thick for optimum tone; both sides of the body are carved thin on the front and the back to reduce weight and add attractive style. The F-Light weight is further reduced by its smaller body size. The Big-F-Light has additional comfort carvings: on the back for the tummy; and the front for the forearm.

Single P-Bass pickup model

The pickup, made by Seymour Duncan can be either of these:

1) SPB1 Vintage P-Bass for traditional precision bass tone.
2) SPB3 Quarter-pound for P-Bass: The sound is a bit more punchy / fuller / modern

The sustain is very long with either pickup..

Volume rotary knob
Tone rotary knob having a very wide range of tone

Hear Lorenzo De Feo playing a Rees F-Light bass:
This instrument has a Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pound P-Bass pickup.


Two pickup model

This model has evolved from developments to create a voice with a fat full-toned humbucker sound that has balanced brightness, clarity through the full harmonic range, and crisp punchy response, without resorting to the unreliability of battery powered active pickups. We tried several different pickup types and combinations on prototypes. Slightly surprisingly, this configuration sounds better than ready-made humbuckers! And yes, the obvious bonus is that this beauty can also deliver authentic precision bass and jazz bass voices at the flick of a switch.

Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan SPB1 Vintage P-Bass
Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SJB1 Vintage J-Bass

The result is a very versatile bass that can switch between 4 voices:

precision bass
bridge jazz bass
humbucker (both pickups wired like a humbucker in series)
smooth dual (both pickups wired in parallel as on a jazz bass)

The sustain is very long with any of the four voices.

Volume rotary knob, with push-pull switch. (pull for precision bass voice)
Tone rotary knob having a very wide range of tone, with push-pull switch. (pull for bridge jazz bass voice)
(push both knobs for punchy humbucker voice)
(pull both knobs for smooth dual pickup voice)


Does Size matter?
F-Light: overall length 104cm (ins); weight 3.0 to 3.1 kg (6 1/2 lbs)
2016 Bass : overall length 111cm (ins); weight 3.3 to 3.6 kg (8 lbs)

F-Light advantages:
Fits more easily to play in an orchestra pit or corner of a pub
Easy to carry on aeroplanes in a padded gig bag and put in the overhead locker
Most comfortable to play when standing up because it is lighter

2016 Bass advantages:
Body feels more normal and comfortable when playing sitting down