Originally Posted by jrkc
I've been playing guitar for about 15 years, blues/funk/rock/jam style mostly. I recently got a Dean Fretless Acoustic bass, real cheap, but it seems like a great value for the price. I put some flatwound strings on it, and I have a fender rumble 100. My funk/slap style sounds pretty good, and I think my calling is a bass player as I've always preferred to pick with my thumb and forefinger when playing guitar, and it seems to transition nicely to the bass. However, being new to the bass, I know nothing about them really. My style sounds better on fretless, and I like playing the fretless better than a fretted. I know on guitars the pickups make a huge difference, and I made a semi-hollow body telecaster from scratch and it sounds amazing with the custom pickups I installed. Are pickups as important to bass as guitar? Would it be worth spending several hundred dollars on an upgraded bass? Also, any advice on playing technique would be nice. I have a lot of "raw talent" for the bass, just looking for tips on how to hone in my skills.
First and foremost
If you're skilled enough to start on acoustic fretless fitting your style, I'm guessing how good can you possibly be on guitar
Another point is that, myself, and many other over the forum, started as guitar players then had transition...
I wasn't that good on guitar, even if I'm planning to improve with some tricks and good friends of mine teachin' me some, but I'm much better on bass and many things scales, chords and gear and effects know-how that I got, I made them out of playin' guitar
Same for pickups
In my two bands, pickups upgrading on guitars are everytime suggested by me
I normally tend to mod many basses and many are behind me
I modded lot of Squiers (they're perfect for that reason...) and
the two I got at the moment sport bass extenders and better pickup, one (Classic Vibe '50s Pecision... I didn't succeded in putting a second one at the neck to enhance overall "lowend",
so I actually have a cavity underneath the pickguard
) additional pickup, the other (Vintage Modified '70s Telecaster Precision... I added a DiMarzio ModelP to stock neck Fender WideRange
So yes, I retain better basses stock, but others are platforms to experiment new solutions...