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Posted by Mickster on February 02, 2001 at 17:01:16:
In Reply to: dumbest questions you ever read about fretless bass posted by scott on February 02, 2001 at 14:42:34:
: i've got some dumbass questions about fretless electric basses...
: - is the main purpose of fretless basses just to get a more upright bass tone?
: - would buying a fretless bass that has fretlines on the fingerboard be considered "cheating"?
: - what would be the best/strongest fingerboard wood used on a fretless bass if you were going to use roundwounds instead of flatwounds? (I've read that roundwounds can really destroy a fretless fingerboard)
: .......thanks for your help on this,
Hey Scott, What's up? I agree with El Pajaro 100%. Also, as Bob(Skippy) said in
a posting a few days ago, the main reason fretless basses were created was to
make the transition to electric bass easier for an upright player. Think about it: If you've learned/played all your life on an upright bass and now you're
going to try to play a fretted instrument, the fets just get in the way. They
also stifle any creativity. If, on the other hand you're coming over from guitar, a bass guitar is just that; a longer scale guitar with a deeper voice,
but not foreign at all to play. As far as calling fretlines "cheating", that's
a matter of opinion. O.K. it does make it alot easier to play fretless(I can
testify to that) but, you still are playing a fretless instrument, producing
the "fretless sound". A purist might argue that you're still approaching the
bass from the guitar point of view, and, not playing by position and/or ear,
but, if you talk to other bassists, some of them still don't accept the bass
guitar as a valid instrument at all. I've spoken to some Jazz players, and when
I say I play bass, once they find out I'm talking about a fretless bass guitar,
they look at me like what you're playing with is a toy. As I've said before,
everyone should stop worrying about what bass you have, how much it cost, or
whom you've studied with; just take people for what they are, and let his/her
playing tell you how good they are. We all have that comparison thing within us.
If someone plays a lined fretless much better than someone else who's neck is unlined, do we say the first person is really faking it? I guess it's
just the challenge. Do you want to play in front of people and see them dance,
or do you want to sit in your room with a metronome and know that you have
perfect pitch? I choose the dancing, and the intoxicated ladies.
My advise, humbly offered, get fretlines.
Good Weekend to all,
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