Which fiver fretless should I get?
I recently sold my four string fretted bass, and I'm utterly decided to go now for a five string fretless (I need the low C sometimes and don't want to go around changing the tuning, and I've alway preferred the sound of non-fretted basses).
Thing is, I've got noone I can ask for advice on such a matter, so here I am.
What do I want in specific from the bass? To be able to get a nice warm tone, double bassy, smooth, round.
How much money do I have to spend? About 8000ARS, which taking away shipping costs from a possible overseas buy, leaves me around the 800USD mark.
I saw and really liked the Kelly Dragonfly (it actually got me somewhat in the mindset of wanting my bass also to be acoustic), but it seems to be out of stock everywhere!
So, do you have any specific model or brand to recommend? Also, any specific online store I can trust? Would be my first time ordering an instrument online.
Thanks in advance!
PS. I used the search function and all the threads I found were already quite old, excuse me if I missed anything.
Used Carvin. The LB75F is active and neck through. Or you could get the acoustic AC50F. Sorta a hybrid between acoustic and electric. Both great basses that you can find from between $500 and $800, though I'm not sure how easy they are to get in Argentina.
I'm going to suggest AGAINST a Carvin fretless. I've recently gotten one and there is a major design flaw from Carvin: They don't re-tool for a fretless build. In order to get some sort of adjustment at my bridge, I had to have mine bridge routed into the body. It is a pretty well established fact that everyone has to bottom out the saddles on their Carvin fretlesses to make them playable.
Appreciate both of your answers. I've done some research and indeed, there seems to be quite a lot of complaints against the Carvins for me to feel comfortable getting one. If I happen to find one here, I will give it a try of course, but I don't think I would order one from outside the country.
Any other suggestions?
Cort Curbow 5-string fretless. Active, single pickup. Cheap, plenty of mwah, nice sound!
Demo of the 4-string: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzdqBvTH4Go
Not sure where to find the instrument though. I'll keep looking.
Here's another: http://www.espguitars.com/basses/ltd...b-205smfl.html
I was blown away by this bass! Tons of mwah!!
If you can get a deal on a Carvin and know someone that could sink the bridge by about 70/1000 you'd be in pretty good shape. The woods on mine are killer and after putting in my Demeter pre, it's very nice. Many folks can get usable action out of a stock Carvin too.
Spectorcore 5 fretless. It can sound similar to a double bass depending on where you play and the pickup blend. It also has a 35 inch scale for the five, which makes for a good low B or C.
As a fretless player for 25 years.
I suggest you save you money and get a better quality bass.
What I meen is, a fretless to me must be made right. It is not a forgiving a a fretted bass. So waiting and jumping up say $500-$1000 more will get you a much more responsive, and better playing bass. And that can make or break the whole fretless experience.
When I first started out I play some poorly made and unplayable fretless basses.
I understand what you mean, but the thing is, with the inflation that would actually make a reaaaaally huge difference in my budget, and being that the bass ain't the only thing I have to buy right now, it might take a really long time before I have that money to spend on a better bass. The 8000ARS I have are already kind of a stretch for me, so right now, even if it means I'll lose some money in the long run, I'd rather buy a bass I can afford, and later resell it when the day comes in which I can get a better one.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions also! I'm checking them all and seeing which I like best, and if it's available for buying.
Still, if anyone has more input, I'll be glad to check it out, I will update all of you once I've made a decision.
By what I've heard on youtube, so far the one interesting me the most is the B205SM.
Several of the ones you guys mentioned are available here (at least according to the internet catalogues) on some music houses, so Wednesday I'll be going on a try-everything/annoy-the-sellers spree and see which comes home back with me.
With a bit of a delay, but I finally ordered my bass, I'm just writing this down in case someone happens to be in my same situation in the future.
It's an Ibanez BTB675, got it at 700USD on ebay. It should be arriving this week, I'll be writing down my opinions once it's in my hands.
Now I'm just trying to decide which kind of strings to order, whether flat or tape, and which brand.
Thanks again to all of you for your help.
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