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Re: Slapping on a fretless bass

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Posted by DDAZEY ( on January 08, 2003 at 09:29:16:

In Reply to: Slapping on a fretless bass posted by Phil on January 07, 2003 at 21:33:03:

: I am seriously considering purchasing a fretless bass, and I am a HUGE fan of slap bass (its quite honestly my best talent on bass). I've heard more than once that fretless basses make lousy basses for slap. Is this true? If so, is it always true or not necessarily? Are there fretless basses that are good for slap? If so, can I get some brands? If anyone could give me some input, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Have you ever listened to Les Claypool (Primus)... I've heard/seen him slapping on a fretless before and making it sound quite funky. My take on it is... Quite often when you are slapping you are using octaves and from my experience, if you aren't nailing those octaves it is quite noticeable. Of course if you can nail those octaves, I think anything is possible on a fretless. The other issue with slapping on a fretless is you don't have the metal fret for the string to bounce off of, which can help give it a more distinct/sharp sound (your finger as the fret will usually sound different then a metal fret).

My thoughts,

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