Re: Cheap Fretless

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Posted by Mickster on December 12, 2000 at 12:44:01:

In Reply to: Cheap Fretless posted by Deman on December 11, 2000 at 19:52:59:

: Okay...I want to learn fretless really badly...I love the sound, and it looks like fun. But, I'm on a fairly limited budet. There are a few basses around in the "beginner" catagory, and those I can afford easily, but are they worth owning? Should I wait for something a little nicer to pop up on ebay? I want something that at least plays mediocre...but I don't want to spend alot, because I may end up hating it...or at least not being proficient enough to have fun. I want dots, if not fret lines, and I could line up a carvin for something like $500...but is it worth it? Thanx for the opinions...
: Deman

Hey Deman, Ya want a cheap fretless eh? I have a Mexi fretless Jazz Bass(as
I'm sure everyone here knows already)and that, brand new was only $330.00
without the case.If you're gonna go for half a grand you're in pretty good
shape.Yamaha has their version of a fretless Jazz for about $380.00 and it's
pretty nice.They also have their version of a fretless P-bass for about $250.00
if you want to save even more.I, myself highly recommend the Mexican Fenders.
There's nothing wrong with them at all; they're just mass produced in Mexico
by Mexican workers---Big Deal! I'm not comparing them to a high end axe, but
they sound good, and since they are real Fenders, all the aftermarket goodies,
like necks, pickups and bridges will fit if you decide to upgrade.How can you
beat that? Another thing I very strongly recommend: Get a lined fretless neck.
I've been playing for over 20 years, and I'm pretty devoted to the fretless
Jazz sound, but let me tell you, fretless without lines = an upright bass
for all intents and purposes.I'm not saying you won't be able to play it, but
it takes alot of discipline, and a different approach from a regular fretted bass.
With an unlined neck, you have to learn to play by sound and position.With a
lined neck, you simply put your fingers on the lines where the frets would be.
It takes a little more attention to detail, but just about anyone can do it.I've
known a bunch of guys who bought an unlined neck only to sell it within a short
time.I'm not trying to scare you, just make you aware of the reality of "The
fretless world".If you get a good deal on a used axe, so much the better.

Hope this helped,
The Mickster

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