Originally Posted by Pacman
I've always shied away from the C string on fretless. Intonation on that string can be a bear. I'd go fretless for the B-G and fretted for the E-C. You'll have to get Gard to find you a matching top...
My thinking was I'd use fretless on "jazz" gigs where I solo more so maybe have the extra high range there. I tend to "go low" more at church where I don't use a fretless. Honestly, I don't know that I really NEED a fretless - or any additional bass for that matter, but you know me.
My "jazz" gigs are far from "traditional" and even when I do play a more traditional set, most players around here use a fretted bass anyway. A couple guys I sub for use an EUB for maybe half a dozen tunes but I think it's more of a novelty. The Rob Allen Mouse I had made more of an impression when I filled in than any EUB I tried.
I've been enjoying playing 4 string lately. A D-tuner has covered a majority of my "need" for a B string - other than position options of course. Then again, I like to move around the neck anyway. Greg has a really nice LG3000 that he just did some sound clips for. Pretty nice. I think a 24 fret 4 string with a D-tuner would get me very close to covering about 97% of my playing needs.
Of course, a lot of ground could be covered with 24 "fret" B-G fretted and fretless 5er's...
I loved that fretless SKB3005 that I played at Greg's place this summer. Ebony board, unlined, sweet tones...
As always, too many basses/choices for me.