Re: dean fretless 6 string

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Posted by JDP on October 11, 2000 at 21:52:53:

In Reply to: dean fretless 6 string posted by nicolas on October 11, 2000 at 05:41:27:

: hi guys

: i found some guy who's selling a dean fretless 6 string for about $300. he says he bought it in london 5 years ago. it's obviously the korean model but i always thought dean started producing the korean line only 2 years ago. anyway what i wanna know is: is this a good price, is it a decent instrument and i am totally nuts for buying this bass guitar since i have very little experience playing the bass (i'm a guitarist myself but somehow the idea of playing a fretless 6 string sounds appealing to me).

: thanks

:Hey there. I have a Dean 6 string fretless and I enjoy it very much. There are pretty good instruments for the money. As far as $300 goes, doesn't sound too bad, but a good thing to do would be call your local music store. Just tell them you have a Dean 6 string fretless and want to know what it's worth. They should tell you New, Retail Used and Wholesale Used values if they know what's going on. I do hope you are in a position to see this bass and play on it. Fretless basses can see a lot of wear on the fretboard if the previous owner was using woundround instead of flatwound strings. Woundrounds will act as a file and groove the fret board pretty bad over time. If that's the case you'll have to have the fretboard replaned which costs money and depending where you live it could be hard to find someone who knows how. Now, in regards from switching to guitar to bass. (I played guitar for 9 years before switching to bass.) It's going to be pretty tough to switch over and sound good quickly - on a fretless especially. Fretless is a pretty unforgiving mistress. Inntonation is crucial to a good sound and since there are no frets you have to be right on the note to sound good. The bass sets the tonal center for the band. You play off and the entire band sounds out of tune. Another thing is scale length. Most guitars are 25 1/2 inches. That Dean is going to be a 35 in scale. That's a lot of more inches than you are probably used to so it's going to take some time for your hands to get used to the strecth. I'm not trying to discourage you in any way, but I was pretty naive when I switched over to bass and it took a lot of time before people said I sounded like a bass player as opposed to a guitar player playing bass. ;^) Some good resources for bass in general are Essential Bass Technique by Peter Murray ( and for fretless Steve Bailey has several books and videos out. Just ask for them at your local music store. Hope this helps! JDP

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