Fretless Bass Tone Improvements
I'm really interested in getting more "mwaah" out of my fretless. Something like this (Marcus Miller video). Does anyone know what sort of ranges I'd be looking for in terms of amp EQ / bass EQ? I'm thinking I'd ride on the bridge pickup, but I'd like to know what else I can do.
Currently I'm using flats, if that should affect anything. I've heard time and time again NOT to use rounds on a fretless, for reasons that make sense.
Sorry if this isn't the right place for this, I wasn't sure where I should post this. Mods feel free to move if necessary.
This probably belongs over in the Technique forum, if you know what I'm sayin
Use rounds. I posted a video on the technique I use:
Don't know if this helps or not...
If mwah is the word, use rounds! If youre scared of your technique overscraping the board, try out nylon tapewounds.. Both sets of fenders ( 7120 / 9120) sound AMAZING.. not jaco-mwah but not deep flatwound upright sound.. They have a little mwah and some syrupy thump with a beautiful focused sound somehow.
Or maybe im just amazing ;)
I agree with jeff. Rounds do mwahh better then flats. If you have ebony fretboard, dont worry about fretbaord wear from strings. Unless your heavy handed guirilla fretter. Stop that, is better expressiveness etc with light fretting. Rosewood will wear faster then ebony, but normally with high qaulity roeswood it would take a very long time to get significant fretboard wear from even rotosund swing66 strings. Which is among the best for agressive sound. Do you want polite laid back mwaahh or more agresive bold mwaah?
If a mod wants to move it, that'd be great :)
here we go - this has come up several times before
technique = yes, rounds = yes
but, you will NOT get the sustain and growl without a VERY flat fingerboard
fretted instruments need some relief (bow in the board) for the vibrating string to clear the frets without bottoming out
for fretless you want almost NO relief or as little as possible without the strings bottoming out (choking)
the 'mwah' is actually the string hitting the FB ever so slightly causing the growl
also, light attack is better than heavy
Get an epoxy job on the fretboard.
Single best thing I did to my jazz bass.
M-wah like crazy with Rotosounds.
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