Review – Mitchell FB706 Six-String Bass… Mitchell Basses are a fairly new line into the great world of basses.
The Mitchell FB706 is a finely crafted six-string beast of a bass in the mid-line price range. From the well-rounded fat tones, to the punch and tight tone that this bass delivers, even with the Active EQ set flat it is just amazing.
The FB706 is well suited for any genre of music. For the review, I used the bass on a gig that requires different styles of playing and tones. Never once did I have to make any adjustments to the bass itself. Just by using hand placement, I was able to go from robust and fat to tight and punchy. A lot of this can be attributed to not only the tone woods, but the pickups and EQ also.
The Mitchell FB700 series, which includes the FB700, a four-string version, the FB705, a five-string version, and of course, the FB706, a six-string version, has a carved mahogany body with a AAA quilt maple veneer inset on the top and it is available in natural or transparent black finishes (trans black only on the four-string). The 34” scale, 12” radius bolt-on neck is 5-piece maple and rosewood with a 24 fret rosewood fingerboard, medium jumbo frets and oval abalone inlays. It’s rare to run into a 34” scale six-string bass and I find it more comfortable to play than 35” scale basses.
The electronics consists of MB4 Humbucker Alnico V pickups for both the neck and bridge positions and the EQ is 3 band with controls for volume, blend, and boost/cut for bass, mids, and treble. The tuners are die-cast Y-type and all of the hardware is of black nickel finish. The nut is the Graph Tech TUSQ XL, which enhances stability. The Mitchell FB700 series basses are available from Guitar Center and Musicians Friend.