#1
im currently getting the itch to pick up a fretless bass but i dont really want to throw down a lot of cash. im looking to spend $600 USD on a fretless 5 string bass. although upon my search of the internet i could not find one i wanted until i stumbled across the Ibanez Sound Gear SR305PWF 5-String Fretless Bass at musicians friend but it says it needs repairs. i also checked out the Ibanez site and they no longer make this model. does anybody know where i could find another one of these that does not need repairs? or should i just do it myself and buy a 5 and have it defretted?
Ibanez SR 505
Brice Defiant 6 lizardburst (soon to have)
GK 700rbII
GK BXL 4x10
GK BXL 1x15
Boss GT10B (soon to have)
#3
eBay?

Also, if nothing else, you can usually find one at Rondomusic.com. The're a little below your budget but the Brice models should be about as good. Douglas and SX good as well but Brice is much better.

http://www.rondomusic.com/Bassguitarfretless.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/product1825.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1823.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/product1522.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1285.html
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Last edited by Mutant Corn at Sep 14, 2009,
#4
Look around and you'll probably find one. I can tell you from experience that the defretting process isn't difficult at all, but you'll be better of with a pure-born fretless if you can find one
#6
^ Yes, it's a lot like putting frets in. An easier method is to just mark the strings themselves with a sharpie...it's much less permanent.
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#7
What do you mean by marking strings with a sharpie? Like putting dashes across them for guidance? It's purely a cosmetic choice for me, I just prefer to have lines and I think unlined looks... incomplete. But I can generally manage with unlined.

What I thought would be done is very closely measure the distance between the intonation dots and compare using a fretted bass. Not sure how to actually put the lines in, however.

Thanks, though!

On topic, although I haven't tried one of the Rondo Brices they look pretty good, but I've heard the stock strings they come with are horrid.
#8
I played an Ibanez Gary Willis signature, that was a 5 string fretless, and this was a year or so ago but in the store it was $550 new I think. I liked that bass a lot, only downside I saw was there was this block between the neck and the pickup that made it difficult to pop, but that can be unscrewed.
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#9
I've always been curious about the Brice 5 and 6 string fretless basses on Rondo. I would love a fretless 5'er so why not just got for 6? If anyone has played them I'd like to know how they are.
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#10
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I've always been curious about the Brice 5 and 6 string fretless basses on Rondo. I would love a fretless 5'er so why not just got for 6? If anyone has played them I'd like to know how they are.
I thought about experimenting with one if I can find a way to put fretlines on them. If I get one I'll make a thread on it. However, they look very, very good for below 300. (Active pickups, six strings, comfortable neck joint with 6 bolts, etc.)
#11
I'm not sure if I'd get a 5 or a 6. All I have are 4 stringers and one is a fretless. The high C would be nice to have but I'm not sure if I'd use it.
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