6 string fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Legault, Jan 22, 2013.


  1. Legault

    Legault

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    Hello new to the forum, currently own a 4 string two 5s and a 7, I like my 7 but I want to go with a fretless, not sure where to find one though, and would like to know if they are comfortable ? Thanks.
  2. Wallace320

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    But I do own a Warwick Corvette fretless 5er and been testin' an Ibanez SR505F many, many times to decide for a purchase.

    While Ibanez is a lined fretless, and well, as you may know, sleek, balanced, resonant and so on, it was not my choice, but Warwick instead (which is beautiful ebony unlined one)
    'cause its precision and accuracy blew me away.

    I found out I'm more precise and accurate on Warwick ebony unlined fingerboard than on many other I tried out before, only
    exception being Fender Jazz fretless

    I play a full step downtuned and, let Squier Vintage Modified Jazz alone (really poor agathis body and ebonol fingerboard), even if I love Yamaha TRB1005, its lined fretless version was not only uncomfortable but absolutely misleadin', IMHO.

    Fender fretless Jazz, by converse was fully adjustable, it held downtunin' quite fine, was factory equipped by proficient Fender flats (I then on happened to look after them over d'Addario Chromes) but I somehow failed to grab one on time.

    It was bought right away by somebody else instead:bawl:

    Warwick is an alder body, maple neck bass (much like Yamaha TRB1005 and Fender Jazz) but its ebony fingerboard is as easy
    to handle as it can get...

    €. 400,00 for new B-E-L-I-E-V-E M-E:hyper:

    Now: I read your thread... lookin' for a fretless 6er... Take a look in the Warwick camp;)

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Hello and welcome to TalkBass :)

    May I ask you, what is you budget?
  4. billbern

    billbern

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    I went with one of Tom Clement's fretless for my 6er. Tom's a TB member so you can PM him. He'll build you what you want.
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  6. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

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    Check Carvin.
  7. SteveC

    SteveC

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    Roscoe makes a very comfortable 6 string neck. Great sounding fretless, too.
  8. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

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    +1 for Carvin. They have several 6-string models and they're all available as fretless. Their necks are great if you like them thin/flat.
  9. Randyt

    Randyt

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    my choice would be to go with FBass...George F. can build you anything you want
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Beautiful!!
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    I concur on the choice of Carvin. Check out either the Icon 6 or the LB76. Very nice instruments.

    As to the issue of comfort, they're about as comfortable as any six-string bass can be: Relatively comfortable if you happen to have large hands or long fingers; not so comfortable if you don't. Still playable if you have very disciplined technique; not so playable if you don't. :meh:

    MM
  12. zon6c-f

    zon6c-f

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    Depends on your budget.

    I own a 2001 ZON Sonus 6 Custom Fretless; thus my screen name.

    Zon makes excellents basses, different electronics offerd. I chose Bartolini.

    I can achieve otherwise unbelivable low action on my Zon.

    Too low and it starts to mEEOW [ sounded like a sitar ] instead of ...muAHHH. Tons of Muahhh and sustain, with round-wound strings.
  13. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

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    Could you give an idea of your location and price range, and anything else that might help narrow you down from '6 string fretless'? There are quite a lot of options out there and you could easily get 100 'not what you want' suggestions.
  14. Legault

    Legault

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    I am from Canada, budget being around 1 - 2 thousand.
  15. mfbolton

    mfbolton Bassist for The Dam Dams Supporting Member

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    You could go the Warmoth route and build your own.
  16. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    There was a really nice Carvin LB76 fretless on Ebay not long ago. I regret not snagging it now.. :meh:
  17. Indiedog

    Indiedog

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    I have a Carvin ICON 6 fretless and it is well made from excellent materials. I am very pleased with all aspects of my Carvin.
  18. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Got another chance and didn't pass it up!

    Carvin LB76PF

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  19. Indiedog

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    Very nice!
    I think you will be very pleased.
  20. 5StringThunder

    5StringThunder

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    Look at Conklin if you want a fretless seven.
  21. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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