BNJ Guitars produces high-quality electric basses with fine materials and attention to details. The lightweight and versatile Vanguard 5 fr model is the Milan manufacturer’s flagship instrument.
Bnj Guitars is a Milan-based company specializing in the production of electric basses, whose strengths are attention to details and build quality. Currently, BNJ produces two series of electric basses: the JAG series and the VANGUARD series.
The JAG series is presented as a personal interpretation of the traditional electric bass concept. Standard configurations have been enhanced with a touch of BNJ style, creating an instrument that respects tradition but at the same time is stylish and has a more rock ‘n’ roll character.
The VANGUARD series, on the other hand, is the result of BNJ’s ongoing research, development, and evolution to create an instrument that is versatile, modern, yet capable of adapting to the needs of different types of bass players.
The Vanguard 5 fr model we had on test has a length of 113 cm weighs only 3.7 kg. The 18 mm interchord and 35” diapason offer a comfortable playing experience and a wide sound range. The neck has a thickness of 21 mm at fret 1 and 23 mm at fret 12, with a D-type shape and a radius of 16”. The neck dimensions range from 46 mm at the nut to 64 mm at fret 12.
From an aesthetic point of view, this model has a distinctive design. The body features a finish with a purple and blue marbled maple polished top and a black satin jelutong back where the battery compartment echoes the marbled top. The neck, laminated in 5-piece maple/wenge, is attached to the body via a 5-screw bolt-on, while the fingerboard is ziricote with a fretless configuration.
The Vanguard 5 fr is equipped with Mojo pickups and a Nordstrand 3B preamp, ensuring good sound quality and a wide range of sound possibilities. Thanks to this combination of technical specifications, the Vanguard bass is able to meet the needs of musicians of all genres, from rock bassists to jazz musicians to funk and fusion players.
The Vanguard 5 fr bass by BNJ is a masterpiece of precision and craftsmanship. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, this instrument seamlessly blends cutting-edge technical specifications with a sophisticated design and high-quality construction. The outcome? An exceptional bass capable of producing deep and enveloping tones, enriched with vibrant harmonics and a distinctive character. During field tests, the Vanguard demonstrated a remarkable ability to fit perfectly into any mix, always ensuring a balanced and commanding sonic presence.