Originally Posted by ferrum
Bump. I'm new to both fretless and 5 string, so I'm working off of limited knowledge here...is this expected with half rounds and a fretless instrument?
I don't have a fretless but I had a similar experience with my L-2500. Completely eliminated the problem with a set of Sadowsky Blue Labels with a tapered B.
My B now has huge sustain all the way through the first 7 frets, great clarity, and good enough once you get into the higher frets.
Other things you can do: Make sure your pickup's aren't too close to the strings. Make sure your neck bolts are just tight enough to hold the neck to the body.....no more. Also do the bridge mod per the G&L website, which amounts to plugging the thru-body holes and top loading........you'll do that anyway with a tapered B.
Just my experience. I had some pretty bad dead spots, but made improvements.....but the tapered B completely transformed the B string.
Maybe this doesn't apply to a fretless, if so.....disregard. But this might point you in a helpful direction.