#1
Can anyone cue me in on the advantages & the disadvantages of a fretless bass............also are those Wishbasses any good? Thanks
#4
also, if you are worried about your intonation, many companies are making fretless basses with lines.
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#5
they give u a better sound if u slide. and its kinda like playing with a slide on a guitar. the notes might sound a little different depending on where u fret it, sightly sharp or sightly flat.
#6
I played a fretless for the first time yesterday, actually. I was awful
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#7
Advantages: no fret buzz, sounds better Disadvantages: you have to know where the frets would be and where to fret to get the right sound
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#8
i played a fretless for the first time today.....just an hour ago lol

i actually really liked it. there were no fret lines to help me out, but the dots on the side of the neck were very helpful...the tone was really incredible.

u just have work on getting the intonation just right tho, that's about it.
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#9
Just remember that intonation through the bridge is impossible to get perfect, so the further up the neck you go the less you should rely on the fret liens because they won't be perfectly in tune.
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#10
Don't let people fool you. The tone isn't for everyone. Most bassists I know don't even own a fretless. They have a very woody sound, similar to an upright bass, but with more response.

They are very tricky to play, and will take you a while to get it down pat.
#11
Is there any songs (examples) that it would be more advantageous to use a fretless over a fretted because Im contemplating buying a fretless Im just not to sure if it would be worth it if i could just use a fretted for that type of song/music

I really do love the sound though I had just played a squier modified fretless jazz and I got a really nice woody growly tone.
#14
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The best places for fretlesses are in more mellower musics although Steve DiGiorgio uses one in a metal setting, so just remember the only barriers in music is the ones you put up.


I've seen plenty of fretless basses at ska shows
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Is there any songs (examples) that it would be more advantageous to use a fretless over a fretted because Im contemplating buying a fretless Im just not to sure if it would be worth it if i could just use a fretted for that type of song/music

I really do love the sound though I had just played a squier modified fretless jazz and I got a really nice woody growly tone.


Thats really really funny. Because the fingerboard on those basses isn't wood. It's a type of plastic called Ebonal which is designed to look like ebony. It doesn't sound anything like ebony.
#18
Advantages: I don't remember which song did this but if you do a harmonic on the 12th fret (or where the 12th fret would be) and slide from the 1st on up it makes the coolest sound ever, also as everybody's already said, good tone.

Disadvantages: it'll be hard to find where the frets are unless you get one with lines, another thing is you can't slap or pop on it that much cause it'll mess up the wood.
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#19
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Thats really really funny. Because the fingerboard on those basses isn't wood. It's a type of plastic called Ebonal which is designed to look like ebony. It doesn't sound anything like ebony.


From what I understand it's the same material they make bowling balls out of (sorta).
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#20
I don't get the fuzz about intonation. It's the same as on a fretted bass.

I've been longing for a fretless bass for a while now and as soon as I get the money I'll do everything to get a fretless rick. That will take some time though because I'm in the middle of taking over a pub right now.
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#21
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I don't get the fuzz about intonation. It's the same as on a fretted bass.

I've been longing for a fretless bass for a while now and as soon as I get the money I'll do everything to get a fretless rick. That will take some time though because I'm in the middle of taking over a pub right now.


The "fuzz" about intonation is that if you are a micrometre off then your note is off. On a fretted bass you can be anywhere withing the fret to get the same note. (Although you should always play right against the fret).