hey there TB, I'm scratching my head over getting my fretless Lakland 44-02 deluxe set up just right.
This bass is sure a beauty, but needs some fine tuning.
Right now its got TI Jazz Rounds on it (very flexible strings with a very light gauge 043 - 089), just a little bit of neck relief (not flat, but close) and pretty low action all around (between 2/32nd and 3/32nd) The clearance at the nut is almost on the board, only barely enough space for a thin business card to squeeze in, and the bridge saddles are set for the 10" neck radius. The problem:
action is very nice and low, little or no unacceptable buzzing, and generally not choking out anywhere EXCEPT between 7-9th frets on the D string only
I have raised the saddles all I care to without creating too much differential in string height (cant ?) between the nut and the upper frets. I don't play up there all the time but want easy action up there for soloing.
so, whats the cure ? ... I was thinking that the nut may be cut just a tad too low, maybe only 1/32nd. This bass had much heavier, higher tension strings on it before I got it, and perhaps they just wore the nut slots down too much ?
need your thoughts please