Re: help for fretless newbie

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Posted by Pete on December 14, 2000 at 01:21:58:

In Reply to: Re: help for fretless newbie posted by Mickster on December 05, 2000 at 16:03:46:

: : 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, how fast the rounds will wear down the fingerboard or the epoxy question, I don't know, but I'll try to find out.

: Mickster

I have a '79 Gibson Ripper Fretless which I bought just because I was in awe of its beauty, but stayed away from playing seriously for almost a year because it seemed like such a new and demanding instrument. It (fretless) forces you to learn and play in a new way, but once it starts happening, you don't want to put it down. My fretless came to me in pretty bad had really high action, roundwounds, and deep nasty grooves in the fretboard. I had to get it ground down and sanded smooth, but it was recoverable. Now the action is low, and with flatwounds, it plays like a dream. It's a heavy bass, though, and standing up all night with it at gigs used to give me neck and shoulder problems. I'd like to get an inexpensive jazz fretless one of these days - they're becoming popular around here. Best of luck...Pete

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