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Re: fretless/fretted bass

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Posted by Emptyeye on March 10, 2001 at 21:55:04:

In Reply to: fretless/fretted bass posted by chickengrease on March 10, 2001 at 20:04:59:

: apologies for my newbie-ness; i've just only recently taken an interest in bass and i haven't even actually got one yet. i'm looking for a good one, not too expensive, but of good quality...(if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them!)

: And it's been driving me nuts trying to figure the difference between a fretless/fretted bass, aside from the fact that one has frets. Is one easier to play? Do they sound different?...curiosity may just kill me yet.

Hi there!
Well as I own both a fretted and a fretless, I'll try and outline the main difference.

Basically, a fretless bass sounds MUCH more like an unright bass than a fretted would. While it's possible to still get quite an attack from a fretless (1 pickup + tone knob all the way up on my Fender Fretless J-bass does it for me), in general a fretless gives you that upright jazzy, "Smooth" tone.
I'd say a fretless is a bit more difficult to play than a fretted, primarily due to the fact that you have to be right on with your fingering or else you're going to sound "Off", whereas with a fretted, fingering in the general fret region will produce the desired note.

Hope that helped!

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