#1
so, i've been playing guitar for about 7 years, and i've been dabbling in bass for about 3, and i've always been very interested fretless basses, i played one at my local music shop a while back and i thought it was really fun. now, my issue is, which one to get!

this one looks like a really great bass, but there are no lines:
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1825.html

this one, on the other hand, looks decent, and it does have the lines:
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1077.html

should i get the one without the lines because i like it more? or would it be too hard to get used to without the lines? if so, could anyone recommend me a good fretless bass with the lines thats in the $350 price rage?
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#2
for 350, I'd defret a bass. maybe buy a used Fender and pop the frets out.
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#3
oo, how would i go about doing that?
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it's not hard
1) slowly and carefully pull at the frets with pliers. some suggest ironing to bake the glue bonds out. never tried that myself. don't tug too hard, I have a tiny scar on my lip for doing that.
2) with light sandpaper, give the fretboard a little rub. this opens up the grain for your glue and keeps any little splinters away.
3) apply wood filler to the fret slots. get as much in there as you can!!!! once it dries, sand again till there are fret lines, as opposed to fret blobs. if there was a splinter taken out, don't worry about sanding that out. it needs the filler there, and too much sanding is tiring.
4) apply an epoxy or polyurethane finish. for best visual purposes, get a spray on polyurethane if you can. apply multiple layers.
5) give it a few days to dry.
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#5
The one without lines still has dot markers where some of the frets would be. You won't have any problem playing without the fret markers.

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oo, how would i go about doing that?

Just search bar it, it's a topic that comes up very often in the bass forum and their are multiple tutorials. I'm sure google will probably yield some step by step tutorials with full pics etc. too.

Personally I'd buy the rondo fretless jazz, beacuse 1) it's cheaper for your first experiment with a fetless and 2) as a passive jazz, you have a good idea of what it will sound like when ordering it (and you can swap pups more cheaply than with the other if you don't like it), you have no idea what the brice will really sound like.
#6
allright, thanks guys!
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