Re: help for fretless newbie

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Posted by marzman on December 04, 2000 at 17:12:44:

In Reply to: Re: help for fretless newbie posted by Mickster on December 04, 2000 at 12:32:26:

Here's the thing: I probably would like it even more with the extra punch from roundwounds, just judging from what I've learned so far and from listening to those who have recorded that way.

I understand that they would increase the wear, especially since I'm not a subtle guy. What I don't know is how fast it would require attention and how much surface treatments like the polyester stuff I've read about or even where to get and how to apply an epoxy like JP did.

: Marzman,what it is...
: I have a Mexi fretless Jazz also and love it.I don't know
: how they make a bass that plays, feels and sounds so good for so little, and
: I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it either, I'm just glad they do.

: O.K. Responding to your questions as written:

: 1.I like the flats that came with the bass.I'm gonna try a set of La bella
: flats or maybe Thomastik after the Holidays.I just feel that flats compliment
: a fretless finger board, especially for slides.Just my opinion.

: 2.I've never used roundwounds on a fretless.It would just seem that rounds would
: start to score an unfretted board pretty quickly.In a recent issue of Bass Player magazine, I think it was the July issue, they tested an Ibanez BTB 5 string fretless that came stock from the factory with roundwounds on it, and
: they commented that the fingerboard already showed some signs of scoring after
: a short time.

: 3.I'm in the same boat with you here.I want to replace my pickups too.I did
: it years ago on my old Precision.I don't think we'll loose the J-bass sound
: if we install different pickups, just that lousey hum! I can't stand it.
: I want to install Bartolinis in mine, however, here's a very important point
: to remember that I stumbled across at the Barolini site.Because our Mexi basses
: are economy models, Fender installed two Neck width pickups on these basses.
: On regular Jazz Basses(the more expensive ones)the bridge pickup is about
: 1/4 inch wider than the neck pickup, so you must keep this in mind when buying
: replacement pups, as most pup makers sell them in sets as I just described,
: which means only the neck pup will fit.Bartolini advises you to measure the
: pups just to be sure, I did, and sure enough they were both the same size.
: You can order them so they'll both be the same size, but you must specify this.
: DiMarzio makes a pup called Ultra Jazz, and you can buy them in regular Jazz sets, or either pup individually, so you'd just order two neck size pups.Check
: your's just to be certain.The site There's also different
: sounding Barts, read the descriptions.

: As far as touching the strings, I know what you mean! I advise everyone to get
: a fretless, even if it's inexpensive.You don't know what you're missing, and
: it's not as menacing as you might think. Jaco did it. We must follow the example
: of this priest most high.(How's that for an Epitaph?)

: Marzman, good luck.If I get off my butt and replace my pickups, I'll let you
: know how it came out.

: The Mickster

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