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Old 06-17-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Looking for a fretless with side lines only (side dots optional)

So far the only bass I've seen like this is the new Ibanez SRF700. Is there anything else out there like this? I really dislike the aesthetic of the super long fretboard on the SRF, and I'd like something with a side jack instead of the recessed top jack. Must have 24 frets. 4 strings.

Budget: Would love to get something about $600ish, used if possible. I might consider up to $800 used for something really great (Japanese, American, German, etc.).

Here's a pic of the SRF just to clarify exactly what I want. The dots can be there or not, but having the lines is what I really want.

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Old 06-17-2014, 10:40 PM   #2
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At that budget, you might have a narrow selection. Side lines - as opposed to fretboard lines - are not very common. Ibanez uses them, but I do not know of many other production fretless basses that do.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:46 PM   #3
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I know, just from googling I'm not getting anything really. I was hoping some peeps here would be more knowledgeable than me about what's out there/what I can look for on eBay or GC Used.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
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I believe that Carvin offers fret sidelines on their fretless basses, but probably not within your price range.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #5
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Maybe I will call and ask about it. Carvin is definitely an option I'd consider. But their choices are so limited. I remember calling to see if I could get a J/MM configuration on an Icon bass, and they said no. Some custom shop. Ha. I also want a reverse in line headstock, and apparently I can't do that either. They don't offer side lines only on their online form, so I doubt they offer it.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:35 AM   #6
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Just get a used Warwick Corvette, side dots only, but the dots are where the fret lines would be.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:12 AM   #7
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If you are going to get a Warwick fretless, go for the Jack Bruce Signature bass. Hell; even the Chinese-made version is beyond sweet!



Lord, how I want a fretted model of this bass!!!
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:28 PM   #8
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You *might* get a used Stingray FL around that price. I got mine for 900 USD and it has side dots (not lines)
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:46 AM   #9
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Just get a used Warwick Corvette, side dots only, but the dots are where the fret lines would be.


Oh yeah? That might work.

I'm not a fan of the Corvette, but various Streamers have been very high up on my want list, coincidentally. Might be my best option, unless Ibanez releases something like the SRF but with 24 frets next year.
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Why would any builder do this? I can't imagine what was going through the head of the genius who though this up.
Jeeeez!
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:25 PM   #11
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^ Huh? What's wrong with it?
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:23 AM   #12
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You *might* get a used Stingray FL around that price. I got mine for 900 USD and it has side dots (not lines)

Surely that's as rare as the fabled $300 Vampyre.

If you're up to the job, defret a bass yourself. It's actually quite easy if you have a dust free environment to work in. You can stain the fretboard and filler with ebony stain to make it look like it doesn't have fretlines:



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Why would any builder do this? I can't imagine what was going through the head of the genius who though this up.
Jeeeez!

That entire bass is a work of art, what are you talking about?

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:42 AM   #13
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Why would any builder do this? I can't imagine what was going through the head of the genius who though this up.
Jeeeez!


Actually, that is a pretty nice bass.

Now what was the genius who thought up this monstrosity thinking???!!!

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Old 06-20-2014, 11:34 AM   #14
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Musicvox does indeed make some butt ugly instruments
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Imagine the sheer quantity of drugs and/or brain damage that is required to make one think that Music Vox designs are in any way appealing!

The...horror!!! The......horror!!!
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:02 AM   #16
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You might check out Carvin. They'd do this bass for you, but it would probably be an Option 50 (loosely defined as "don't figure you can whistle this thing back at us when you realize what a bad idea it was"). Probably over your budget, though.
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