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Posted by Mickster on February 01, 2001 at 08:23:10:

In Reply to: fretless basses posted by matt mcallister on February 01, 2001 at 02:16:00:

: I was wondering if you knew anything about if it affects the fretboard if you were to put the regular strings on a bass. I think they are called roundwound. Because when you play a fretted bass, the string never really touches the fretboard. It usually rests in the middle of both frets. So I was wondering if it would make grooves in the fretboard aver a period of time. I was also wondering if Jaco Pastorius was the(pioneer) person who invented the fretless bass. I have not heard anything about a fretless bass before he came around and made his style. thanks, matt

Matt, according to Bass Player mag, they tested an Ibanez fretless 5 string
a while back, and with roundwounds on it, they noted: We noticed some scoring
of the fingerboard already. I don't remember which issue, but, without frets
to rest against, there's nothing protecting the wood from the semi-saw like
edges of roundwound strings. I know some guys use 'em, but I don't. I don't
know what Jaco used. In the end, it's up to you, but why would anyone put
their fingerboard at risk?


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