#1
I checked out Obscura's new album after finding out they were going to be on tour with CC, so I got Cosmogenesis (couldn't find Retribution ) and when I heard that bass tone, I instantly thought "Now why the hell doesn't my bass sound this awesome?"

And then I checked out This Month In Metal, and read that their bassist uses a fretless.

So, is there any way to get that kind of tone on a fretted bass?
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#2
yeah.

get a screwdriver and pry your frets out, then fill the gaps with either strips of veneer or wood filler.

either that or replace the neck.

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EDIT: you cant really get a fretless tone without a fretless bass. what would be the point in fretless basses otherwise?
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#4
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glass slide on bass!


sounds horrible i tried it.

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#5
Flat wounds? I don't know, but that is the closest thing I can think of.
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#6
Well i don't really know of a way but maybe just by putting some combination of effects on it. Thats the only thing i can think of.
#7
No amount of flatwounds, slides or effects is going to get you the mwah of a fretless. Sorry.
#8
Quote by anarkee
No amount of flatwounds, slides or effects is going to get you the mwah of a fretless. Sorry.


This.

There's a reason they're made. The tone isn't exactly reproducible unless you have a fretless.
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#9
Alright, thanks, I figured I'd ask.


one thing though... I've always wondered, how do people know where to press on the neck when fretless basses have no lines?
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Yamaha RBX 375 bass
Peavey Millenium BXP bass (won at Summer Slaughter 2010, signed by all the bands)
Eden Nemesis NC410 320w combo amp
Check out Tyrannicide, my death/thrash metal band:
http://www.myspace.com/tyrannicidemetal
#10
Quote by TheTortured
Alright, thanks, I figured I'd ask.


one thing though... I've always wondered, how do people know where to press on the neck when fretless basses have no lines?

Some have lines where the frets would be
most still have inlays, so you know where 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, etc. are

some people are just that good and know
imagine trained musicians, they just know...
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#12
Quote by TheTortured
Alright, thanks, I figured I'd ask.


one thing though... I've always wondered, how do people know where to press on the neck when fretless basses have no lines?


same way people do it with orchestral stringed instruments..playing so much that their fingers just automatically go to the right spot
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#13
Also many unlined fretless have dots on the side of the neck. This is the case with my EBMM Stingray fretless.
#15
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No amount of flatwounds, slides or effects is going to get you the mwah of a fretless. Sorry.


I've come close with my Kramer. I'm not sure how easily I could get the tone again, actually. It kinda happened by accident. I was at my lesson yesterday and I was using the piece of crap Ampeg combo there, which, despite its 15" speaker, can sound really harsh. So, I turned the tone knob down a bit, and it almost sounded like a fretless. It doesn't quite have that "mwah" sound, but it's about 60-65% there, which is closer than I've come with anything else. Actually, the "sustained" tone (ie, minus the attack) is about 80%, at least IMO.

But really, TS, if you want a fretless tone, get a fretless. It might be difficult at first, but it will improve your accuracy on fretted basses a lot, and will definitely be worth it.
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