#1
I've been looking for a nice fretless bass for the past month, only to come up empty-handed... No music store in my area stock them, so the only way to get one is by special order. Thats a major problem, being that I like to be able to try it out before I buy it, just to make sure it has the sound I want.
So, anybody out there experienced in fretlesses to tell me what I need?
#2
you need an MIM Fender Fretless Jazz


heres mine the tone is fantastic and it plays great, i was a little nervous about mine cause it was used but its still incredible. if your going to go fretless - get a fender jazz.
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#3
Does that fretless guitar still have markings where the frets would be? It kinda looks like it still has frets, but thats probably those markings

Oh and hey, you can probably talk some stores like guitar center into ordering guitars for you to try out at their store
#4
my bassist has the warwick corvette fretless bass

it plays beautifully and it sounds great
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#5
yea it has fretlines, and the warwick is great too, as heavy as my mother, and expensive, but really good, fender fretless MIM is cheaper and lighter and has an awsome tone.
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#6
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my bassist has the warwick corvette fretless bass

it plays beautifully and it sounds great

Man I would love to have one of those. Every time I go to Guitar Center I go to play on it, its just so sexy. Alas, I don't have any $ for it . A MIM fretless would probably be a good buy judging on past experience with that line.
#7
Right now I'm looking at the schecter studio 4 fretless. I just cant find anywhere that stocks them.
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#8
Well, Does anybody have any sound files so I can get an idea of if any are my kind of sound?
#9
Another vote for the Corvette. I was lucky enough to pick up the active model for $500 (used, but in almost perfect condition and with a hardcase). Unbelievable tone and playability. It is the nicest fretless bass that I have ever played. You probably won't find another deal like I got but if you're willing to shell out the cash you won't be disappointed.
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#10
i would kill for a fretless thumb to go with my fretted thumb
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#11
i love how warwicks sound. but they're f*cking ugly.

i say MIM Jazz and take the pickgaurd off.... Jaco!
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#13
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i love how warwicks sound. but they're f*cking ugly.

i say MIM Jazz and take the pickgaurd off.... Jaco!

Warwick's are gods gift to bassists. I think Warwicks look right nifty.
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#14
i love how warwicks sound. but they're f*cking ugly.

i say MIM Jazz and take the pickgaurd off.... Jaco!

What is wrong with the way Warwicks look, other than the soon to come and always inevitable penis joke that is brought up whenever a corvette or thumb is mentioned, most of them don't look half bad. The streamers look nice and some of their custom shop shit is beautiful. At least their body designs are original and when it comes down to it is not how the bass looks anyway it is how it sounds.
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#15
well, I guess that warwick wins the vote. I'll have to check that out then... not to mention start saving up my money...
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#17
Definatly go for the warwick, keep your eye out on any music shops anywhere near you for a sale, I was lucky enough to find my local warwick dealer had 30% off all warwick basses + 7 Free sets of strings
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#18
I tried an MIJ Jaco Copy, and it was amazing, great tone and played really nicely, although the harmonics on it weren't too good, but I didn't get that long to try it.
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#19
Carvin makes a NICE fretless bass and you can get it in a sweet custom color, with custom woods, finishes and with all sorts of additional embellishments. I highly recommend the LB-70F from them. It is reasonably priced, and you will not regret buying it. It is a well made bass and the neck is better than many basses costing twice or three times as much. Go to carvin.com and check it out. Heck, you can even get them in 5 or 6 strings if you really wanted.

You can also do a Google search "craigslist carvin LB-70F" and see what you can find in the continental US. It will be used, but will be much cheaper than what they go for new.

I own an all-mahogany LB-70F from Carvin, with gold hardware, phase switch, J pickups, Sperzel locking tuners, Straploks, with tung oil finish on the body and back of the neck. The fingerboard is ebony with fret markers. I have an older one which has the Wilkinson bridge--it allows an additional bridge saddle to just slide in to make it a 5 string. With a new nut and a Wilkinson 4 to 5 string converter, it is now a 5 string bass without the bulky 5 string neck!

I also have recently sent off a bass to H G Thor, which takes regular fretted basses and converts them over to fretless with a glass-like epoxy surface on the fingerboard. Just send in your fretted bass and have them do the rest. I sent in a fretless (I made it fretless with inlaid markers) Dearmond Starfire bass and am waiting for it to come back. It will look and sound phenomenal. It has also been converted to a 5 string bass.

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#21
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you need an MIM Fender Fretless Jazz
heres mine the tone is fantastic and it plays great, i was a little nervous about mine cause it was used but its still incredible. if your going to go fretless - get a fender jazz.

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I second this. A lot. Look at that sexy brown sunburst with the black pickguard:



It also sounds damn nice, and plays (for some strage ass reason) comfortably even for me (I can't play a fretted Fender to save my life, but have little trouble with this one). My only problem with it is the bridge, but its a Fender bridge, so thats to be expected. If I ever have the money to spare I'm sticking a BadAss on it. The stock bridge is somewhat lacking in sustain.
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#22
I gotta say, I can't stand how fret lines look, fretless basses look so damn pimp normally, the lines ruin the pimp factor for an hour or so off the learning curve.

With that said, I'm suprised none of your local stores have fretlesses in stock, but my favorite fretless has been the Fretless Warwick Corvette. Such a warm, thick, smooth tone. It just begs to be played. If you can get it and don't mind a bit of weight in trade for amazing tone I would definately suggest getting it.
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#23
^the problem is most people need them to learn proper placement on the fingerboard. Eventually you can switch to a bare fingerboard, but if its your first fretless, its usually a good idea to get a lined one.
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#24
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^the problem is most people need them to learn proper placement on the fingerboard. Eventually you can switch to a bare fingerboard, but if its your first fretless, its usually a good idea to get a lined one.


Yeah, I understand the practical aspect of it. I just think it's a real crime to such a potentially beautiful instrument to have little useless strips all over it. Side line markers do just the same, hell you can even use tape until you're used to it to ease the transition.
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#25
Eh, to each their own. Sure some fretless basses look far better without the lines, but I think the Fender J would look damn funny with a bare fingerboard.
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#26
well, personally i'd have to go with UndeadPaperclip on the subject of the fingerboard lines... it looks way better without em
#27
^ you could do the old strings players trick and put tape where the frets would be and take them off later
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#28
breedlove makes an acoustic fretless bass. i about crapped myself when i played it.
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