Re: dumbest questions you ever read about fretless bass

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Posted by Royce on February 13, 2002 at 20:46:28:

In Reply to: Re: dumbest questions you ever read about fretless bass posted by Mickster on February 02, 2001 at 17:01:16:

: : hello

: : i've got some dumbass questions about fretless electric basses...

: : - is the main purpose of fretless basses just to get a more upright bass tone?

: : - would buying a fretless bass that has fretlines on the fingerboard be considered "cheating"?

: : - what would be the best/strongest fingerboard wood used on a fretless bass if you were going to use roundwounds instead of flatwounds? (I've read that roundwounds can really destroy a fretless fingerboard)

: :
: : .......thanks for your help on this,

: : scott

: I agree with "Mikster" on the idea that Fretlines make it easier. I've played basses with and without them. However, only resently purchasing a new 6-string fretless, I can say that I prefer playing without the lines. For two main reasons, you feel less contained. With the lines you, tend to want to play on the fret lines, staying away from vibrato, slides, ect.(the best part about fretless). Now, on top of being less contained with out them, I feel bass is more about feel. I entirely understand that perfect timing and god-like facility is good, and needed, but you need to lay down a groove, or solo. Therefore, even with the fretlines, they're not nessacary. As far as fingerboads, I play with a rosewood board, and roundwounds and it's fine. A side note, look for a fretless with a extra-large scale and flat neck. As far as my experiences go, the large scale is a must and the flat neck is nice. The neck makes for more even, precise notes. And the large scale allows more tension in the strings. On a six, thats needed for the "E" and "LB".
I hope some of the information provided was helpful, yoy can e-mail me with anymore questions.

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