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Re: Fretless Bass with Fret Markers....

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Posted by Marlon on February 08, 2001 at 14:06:37:

In Reply to: Fretless Bass with Fret Markers.... posted by DDazey on February 08, 2001 at 13:40:08:

: Hello,

: I am new to this forum, just found it the other day and its great to see Bass players talking bass!

: I recently purchased a Carvin 5 string Fretless that I am real happy with. I already own a 4 string fretless that has no fret markers so I was use to that, but when I got my 5 string, it seems that the fret lines are not lined up properly. Let me explain.

: On a fretted instrument, when you press down, its the exact point from the fret to the bridge that makes the sound. So when I started playing my fretless I expected to place my finger right behind the fretline so the very edge of my finger would be resting on the fretline causing the note to resonate from the fretline location to the bridge. But I've found I have to actually place my finger on the fretline where the fretline is nearly dead center in the middle of my finger, therefore it seems to me that the edge of my finger that is making contact with the neck is above the fretline and doesn't seem right to me. Does that make sense?

: Sure I can adjust my fingering to accomodate this since it is a fretless bass, but it seems to me that some bridge adjustment is in order on my bass. I wanted to see what other fretless players thought about the placement of fretlines on a fretless neck. Also, if I should be placing my finger as I describe above (right behind the fret) then will I be able to correct it with a bridge adjustment?

: Thanks
: DDazey

Hi DDazey! Welcome to the Wacky world of Fretless!!!! I have a Samick Fretless
which I love. It does not have the fret lines ( Which I personally don't like
anyway) But it does have the dots along the top edge of the neck. These dots are
the actual fingering positions as opposed to the fret markers on a fretted bass
being in between the frets. Now I have never played on a fretless with fret lines
but it may be the same deal. Play on the lines. Check yourself with a tuner of
some sort, electronic or an instrument you know to be in tune. With a fretless
I have been told you don't have to really worry about intonation as on a fretted
bass in setting the length of the strings at the saddles because you place your
fingers where it sounds right verses an actual fret. I hope this helps.

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