Posted by John Gregorowski on February 08, 2002 at 10:45:19:
In Reply to: Fretless Bass with Fret Markers.... posted by DDazey on February 08, 2001 at 13:40:08:
From the player of a lined fretless Fender Jazz Deluxe 4:
On a fretted instrument you fret (stop) a note just behind the fret, the sounding portion of the string is measured from the bridge saddle to the fret. If you pressed the string over the fret you would inadvertantly mute the string by interfering with the vibrating portion of the string.
Fret markers are cut at exactly the same position as the fret, but because there is no fret, to achieve the required string length you must fret exactly over the marker.
If you adjust the intonation (bridge saddles)your open strings would be sharp in comparison to stopped (fingered) notes. It sounds like there is nothing wrong with your bass and hopefully your mind will be set at ease which will make it much easier to make the fingering adjustment.
Hope this is of use, good luck!
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