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Fretless

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:47 pm
by bigdaddy
I sat down with a fretless Jazz bass two days ago and loved it. I didn't plug it in but I'm going back Saturday to do just that. Detune it and put an amp on it. It had flat wounds and played so smooth and fast. Has anyone got some experience with a fretless? Why wouldn't I want to buy this guitar and use in the band? I know about the accuracy thing which can be over come but is there any other draw backs. I really need this information to help me. I will check out your complaints this Saturday when I play this guitar for an hour or so. My short fingers felt like they were dancing across the neck of this instrument. Please let me know your opinions. Thanks. Big Daddy.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:04 pm
by houndog
Hello,
I have no experience of fret less aside from a few goes at a 3/4 double bass.

I suppose you got the best of the dbl bass and the ease of electric, and like all playing you just have to find your own way into it.

Keep us posted :D

adios,
Lovat

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:35 am
by oleman
I have switched over to Only playing fretless/acoustic/electric basses, also including a cheap Chinese 3/4 upright and a Bulgarian made upright for gigging. I found that after playing my Rogue fretless acoustic electric guitar, I might as well go whole hog and get a doghouse. I use the Rogue when it is impracticle to haul the big girl around.

Musically I play much sparser lines with lots of slide and vibrato. Not only is the feel of a fretless more sensual, my music sounds more sensual but when need be you can get a very aggressive slap ala rockabilly percusion sound too.

I prefer flatwounds for that smooth sexy slide sound that you just can't get with round wounds. The volume suffers a little bit but not much thru the amp.

The lack of frets threw me for a short while but you adapt quickly and it makes the transistion to a standup much quicker.

The main drawback is the constant battle with feedback on the piezo mic instruments but a SansAmp sound shaper/direct box, that fatPaul turned me on to, helps a lot.

I can almost predict that in a couple months you will be shopping for an upright. For me they are what playing the bass is all about. Good Luck!!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:06 pm
by bigdaddy
Thanks Oleman. I can't get that fretless off of my mind. The feel was so incredible. I have looked at getting a dog house. I've never played one but somewhere in a catalog I saw a black one with flames on it. Now that is a cool looking bass. I'm gonna give this Jazz fretless a workout on Saturday and if it still feels good I'm buying one. Thanks again for the info.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:41 pm
by bigdaddy
No fretless for me. My hands are to small. I can't make the stretch from the root up four frets to the flat third. I come up short. My fretted Precision allows me to miss a little because the fret makes up for my short comings. Just a note. I played a MIM fretless and a Squier Jaco Pastorious knock off and the Sqire was a much better sounding bass. I went home and got my Precision out of it's case and played. Still my custom job sounds better and feels better than any bass I've played. I use a cheap Washburn that I changed all the electronics in for practice. The action is a little high and the neck is fatter than the Precision. I do this so when I play a gig that Precision plays fast and smooth.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:33 pm
by bigdaddy
I bought a black Precision, MIM, two weeks ago. Spent a week getting every thing adjusted to me. Played a gig with it last Friday night and my first string saddle vibrated down. I hit that string and it was dead. I tuned it to F but it was still dead. I had to learn to play 3 strings real quick before I could grab the back up. I did Loctite all the sadlle screws in place and I noticed by back Precision is going down of that first string saddle.Not much but a little. I'm going to do the Loctite to it this week end. Other than that the new bass fits and play beautiful.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:00 pm
by lpdeluxe
I'm an overnight convert to fretless. I have been playing a Fender '50s Precision reissue in a working band, but there were some subtler moves and slides I couldn't accomplish -- for example, sliding UP to a G on the E string, III fret, without a lot of fret noise.

I traded my G&L Tribute L2000 straight up for a Fender MIM lined fretless Jazz bass, thinking that the lines would help me in the initial period of trying to play in tune.

In the event, I caught on right away, and now have more of a problem when I go back to fretted (trying to put my fingers on top of the frets!) than in adjusting to the fretless. Long slides up and down the neck are easy, and the feel of the neck is very nice. I just wish I had more chance to work up fretless chops because my band, God bless 'em, won't let me play anything but the Precision...maybe I'll have to get a fretless P.