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Re: Slapping on a fretless bass

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Posted by rob ( on January 09, 2003 at 13:31:32:

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.

I believe Les Claypool has one fret on the high end of his fingerboard to get that slapping sound. I has a Carvin LB76 Fretless and had the neck coated with cyanoencryalate (Krazy Glue). I had super round strings on it, slapped all the time on that and nobody even realized it was fretless.

You'll need to try a few basses and see which ones can be slappped. Truthfully, I only slapped my fretless when I didn't have a fretted.

Good Luck,


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