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Re: Fretless Bass with Fret Markers....

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Posted by Deman on February 08, 2001 at 23:51:27:

In Reply to: Fretless Bass with Fret Markers.... posted by DDazey on February 08, 2001 at 13:40:08:

: Hello,

: I am new to this forum, just found it the other day and its great to see Bass players talking bass!

: I recently purchased a Carvin 5 string Fretless that I am real happy with. I already own a 4 string fretless that has no fret markers so I was use to that, but when I got my 5 string, it seems that the fret lines are not lined up properly. Let me explain.

: On a fretted instrument, when you press down, its the exact point from the fret to the bridge that makes the sound. So when I started playing my fretless I expected to place my finger right behind the fretline so the very edge of my finger would be resting on the fretline causing the note to resonate from the fretline location to the bridge. But I've found I have to actually place my finger on the fretline where the fretline is nearly dead center in the middle of my finger, therefore it seems to me that the edge of my finger that is making contact with the neck is above the fretline and doesn't seem right to me. Does that make sense?

: Sure I can adjust my fingering to accomodate this since it is a fretless bass, but it seems to me that some bridge adjustment is in order on my bass. I wanted to see what other fretless players thought about the placement of fretlines on a fretless neck. Also, if I should be placing my finger as I describe above (right behind the fret) then will I be able to correct it with a bridge adjustment?

: Thanks
: DDazey

On a fretless, it doesn't much matter where you place your finger, as long as the note is right. You can set up your bass to play exactly on the line, slightly behind, or even in between. All you have to do is play the 12th fret open harmonic, and then fret the string where you want to play that same note. using an electronic tuner, check to see whether the fretted note matches the harmonic. If it is flat, adjust the bridge TOWARDS the nut(shorter overall string), in VERY small increments. Re tune (it'll go out) and re check the intonation every adjustment, until they are right on. Same goes for sharp, just adjust the other way (towards bridge) for a lnger string. you should be able to make your basses match each other in finger placement. Good luck, and come back here for more help!

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