#1
I'm a fairly descent bass player (been playing for 10months now) but still I do not know the difference of fretless from the regular basses.

Please tell me some of the dis-advantages and advantages of the fretless kinds.
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#3
i played with frets when i started then when i could close my eyes and listen to where the notes should be played i went to fretless. i like frettless alot better it alows me more freedom.
#4
fretless are good for jazzy type stuff because u can slide easier you cant do slap ona fretless though but if you really want to no go play one
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#5
you van actually slap on a fretless, just doesn't sound sharp due to the lack of metal bars for the string to snap against.

I've made a thread that has the pros and cons of fretless on it, too.
#8
I prefer both. I like using fretted for rock, because most rock needs a roundwound sound, and I use my fretless for jazz, as is expected.

Oh and Nikklaus, give me proof that fretless are ****.

I disagree
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#10
It's my opinion, and opinions don't require proof. Either way, I know they aren't actually ****, I just think they are very one-dimensional.
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#11
Fretless has a softer attack, kinda like the difference between playing with a pick and without.
#12
its like a double bass. The bass guitar is just trying to make it more traditional. Its neither bad or uber good....
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#13
Fretless, you constantly need to check your finger position as there are no frets to keep your intonation correct. Fretless don't sound a whole lot like a fretted bass, but I believe they are versatile enough to do most bass work(some slap excluded).

At your point, having been playing 10 months, I'd say stick with the fretted bass, when you feel like you have become good on that, try looking into a fretless.
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#14
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Fretless is so hard, especially when you're a beginner.



My technique for learning is to make it as hard as possible, so that once youve mastered that, youve pretty much got it down.

Thats why my first bass was a fretless 5 string.

And once again, Nikklaus, I disagree.

How are semitones, crazy slides, or anything Jaco, one dimensional?
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It's my opinion, and opinions don't require proof. Either way, I know they aren't actually ****, I just think they are very one-dimensional.



no, but opinions require basis unless you're a racist or a retard. And that's just how it is.
Your basis is they're very one-dimensional; I find them very useful and add dimensions that aren't availible on 4 strings.
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no, but opinions require basis unless you're a racist or a retard. And that's just how it is.
Your basis is they're very one-dimensional; I find them very useful and add dimensions that aren't availible on 4 strings.


for once in a long time ( ) im gonna have to agree with dan (no hard feelings bud lol)

i think metalstillsucks has a point, with starting on something harder moving on to something easier.

pretty much the same thing why guitarists recommend starting on acoustic to work fingers better.

also if you start on a crappy bass, but play it for 3 years (i remember reading a thread in the bass forum this morning, someone's been using a squier for 3 years and now is moving up i think), then going onto a good bass that has an uber fast neck with extreme playability will make you wonder how the hell you got so good!

i remember that my squier was like the only bass i played for a good few months wen i started, and the day i went to the music store and picked up the SR500, i was AMAZED at how well i could play on it. (ok sure, right now what i could play isnt that good anymore, but at the time it was huge!)
#17
They have been known to be used in metal as well as jazz (steve digiorgio), i was thinking of getting one.
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They have been known to be used in metal as well as jazz (steve digiorgio), i was thinking of getting one.


i use mine because when distorted, it sounds orgasmic. my fretted can't get anywhere near that sound!

and i am primarily a metal bassist
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