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Posted by Django P on May 24, 2001 at 22:21:21:

In Reply to: fretless strings posted by Dave on May 24, 2001 at 19:29:32:

: I just purchased a yamaha fretless bass and it came with roundwound strings. I've read that these can eat up the fretboard on a fretless and I'm wondering if this is true. If so, any other suggestions for fretless strings?

1)Try Semi-rounds. Flatwounds probably wouldn't hurt the fretboard at all, but the sound quality is clunky.
2) Don't bend strings (this really eats the fretboard up)
3) Practice on a fretted and reserve the fretless for gigs.
4) Pay a luthier to dress the neck once a year

I had a Yamaha 5 string fretless years ago with a neck that wasn't ebony, and it seemed to hold up well. My cheap ebony neck fretless got eaten up though especially on the E string

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