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Posted by igl (220.127.116.11) on May 30, 2003 at 21:41:19:
In Reply to: Re: help with new fretless bass posted by Charlie on May 24, 2003 at 13:44:20:
: hi there,
charlie is basically right: roundwounds chew your fingerboard, but not too much, if you don`t do thumb- slapping. Personally I own a schecter fretless jazz bass which i really love and I`ve been playing roundwounds for 12 years now. I had to get my fingerboard refreshed by a luthier last year, but you can do this several times befor you really need a new fingerboard (in 20 years.......) So: try and take the strings you need for your sound and musical creativity.
: >>Just change the strings to roundwounds (D`addario xl 045`s).
: You'll have to coat the fingerboard with something to keep the roundwounds from chewing your neck up. I can't think off hand what it was that Jaco used, but it's essentially the same stuff as Super Glue. Maybe someone else who reads this knows what it is. Another option is to use half-rounds, or ground rounds. I use D'Addario 1/2 rounds on a Mexican Fender and can dial up a very believable Jaco sound with them. I didn't have to coat the neck either, and it's not getting eaten alive. I had round wounds on it for a brief time and realized my neck wouldn't last long with them.
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