#1
I am thinking of converting my bass to fretless and i was wondering if it was a good idea for metal/rock/jazz playing
#2
yes it is. i love the sound of a fretless.

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best advice/guides there, and if you defret your bass: stick some flatwound strings on it.
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#3
There are fretless bassists in all of the genres you mentioned.
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#4
Its a great idea. Fretless bass would add a unique tone metal/rock/jazz.
Intronaut is one of my favorite bands that have fretless bass. Their bass player has some incredible basslines that add so much more atmosphere to the music. You should check them out.
#5
If its not your only bass I don't see why not.
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I agree. If it's your only bass I wouldn't recommend doing it though
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Its a great idea. Fretless bass would add a unique tone metal/rock/jazz.
Intronaut is one of my favorite bands that have fretless bass. Their bass player has some incredible basslines that add so much more atmosphere to the music. You should check them out.


+1

Joe Lester is great.

I wholly encourage doing it, TS. Fretless bass is great. Opens up a whole new level of expression in your playing.

If you want to hear more fretless metal stuff, I urge you to check out Cosmogenesis by Obscura. That album has some of the best fretless playing I've ever heard, especially in a metal context. Jeroen Paul Thesseling plays for them. He also plays in a world music/fusion project, Ensemble Salazhar, and developed a 72-tone equal temperament bass when he studied microtonality.

And of course, there's Steve DiGiorgio. He's most famous for his stint with Death, but I love his playing on Defiant Imagination by Quo Vadis too. His discography is massive, too. He's played with Sadus, Iced Earth, Vintersorg, Testament, Autopsy, Dragonlord, Control Denied, and Artension too, among others. He also has/had a fusion band, Dark Hall. I think their stuff is free to download from his website.

Sean Malone is another pretty well known metal fretless player. He played on both of Cynic's albums, Aghora's first album, a solo record, and with his own project, Gordian Knot. Can't go wrong with any of that. Great music, great playing. He's also published a couple books on bass (Music Theory for Bassists and Portrait of Jaco, I think). In addition to all that, he's also a music theory professor at the University of Central Missouri.

I really do love fretless in a metal setting. It really adds a whole nother facet to the music, and allows for more textural supportive playing.
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I agree. If it's your only bass I wouldn't recommend doing it though

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#10
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I agree. If it's your only bass I wouldn't recommend doing it though


I wouldn't either. Also, have you ever tried playing a fretless before? If you haven't, I'd go to a guitar store and try some out before defretting you bass. They aren't for everyone.
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#11
The reason why you should only do it if you have another bass to keep fretted, is because learning to play a fretless is like learning to play a new instrument altogether. It may take some getting used to, and in the meantime, it'd be a good idea to have a regular bass to fall back on.
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