Post by rickyguitar on Jan 13, 2020 17:01:02 GMT -5
Hey, anybody here play fretless? I borrowed a cellofir a few months and the left hand had no problem finding positions. Right hand could not hand bowing. I messed with an upright bass while my daughter was in aviola lesson and that was ok as well. Studio I was recording in had a rogue fretless and while it was not much of an instrument it was fun. I may have to buy one, just because. You?
The first instrument I built was a P bass fretless, I played it exclusively for four years then started going back and forth occasionally bringing each style with me to gigs. I had one previously but sold it. My first bass was an upright playing in the High-school orchestra, though I was in 6th grad at the time. Three other basses I made are all fretless.
I’d say get one, they are really cool, music lies in between the half steeps too, particularly in Jazz and transitions, though I think it can be over done. You don’t need to slide up to point of intonation every time “o) as cool as it is occasionally. It’s also great for ear training. Tuning become non critical, and you usually don’t need to mid song, it can wait. All the notes are still there, you just compensate, tweaking it back between tunes.
And , you get far fewer people wanting to sit in with your instrument.
My first fret less was a ‘75 Fender Precision I owned for a few years and then traded for a B.B. King Lucille around ‘82 (whatever the first year was for that guitar).
The second fretless was a twin to my 55-94 Lakland deluxe that I got as an endorser of Lakland basses back in ‘99 or so. I didn’t have an opportunity to play it much so last year I sold it to my good friend Ted who is currently playing in the south with the Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee. Ted’s a great player!
I built a fretless using Fender parts, including an MIM P body, MIM J fretless neck, and MIA split-coil. I used a Gotoh bridge. It was a fantastic bass, and I enjoyed playing it at home and during a couple of band rehearsals, but for my purposes it just wasn't very useful. After awhile, I parted it out. I haven't missed it, but if I did more recording I suspect I'd want another fretless, probably a G&L Kiloton. I used to have the similar L-1500, and always thought it would have made a great fretless.