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Anyone else try using a pick with a fretless bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ric5, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I built this fretless bass here ...

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    It sounds and looks awesome ... the 4 band audere preamp really brings out some nice tones. I play it mostly fingerstyle with the fretless but is really sounds awesome played with a pick. So am I the only one who uses a pick with a fretless bass?
  2. not_jason

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    For whatever reason, I've always felt really awkward about the idea of playing a fretless or a five string with a pick. I couldn't give you a single good reason. Most of my four string fretted playing is with a pick.
  3. bassist4dalord

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    I tried it with my SX fretless P-Bass, wearing Fender 9050M's. Sounds great (P-Bass with flats + pick = :bassist: ) so I dig it. To each their own. Awesome bass btw! Sound clips would be appreciated!!
  4. billy ayers

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    yes, you might just be! very few players talk about that combo.
    but that's what an experimental compass and one's natural inclinations will yield-
    new results.

    beautiful build, by the way! excellent-looking woods! congrats.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I will make some mp3s.
  6. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin'. Supporting Member

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    I was messing around with "For The Love of Money" with a pick on my fretless the other day. It was okay. I really don't like the sound of a bass played with a pick, and I like a fretless with a pick less than a fretted bass.

    But, I'll bet that someone who wanted to put some effort into it could make it work.

    BTW, nice work on the bass, man. It's beautiful!
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  9. Baird6869

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    I did a gig last night with a fretless and used a pick for a few tunes.

    I really don't think about a fretless being any different than a fretted. If it calls for a pick (with me that is maybe 5% of the time), I use a pick.

    P.S. GREAT looking bass! Kinda a Wal/Fender lovechild!
  10. j_nition

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    thanks for that sledge hammer vid... One of those forgotten gems for sure!
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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  13. Sartori

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    I use a pick sometimes with my acoustic fretless. It sounds good, though less thumpy than fingerstyle, of course.
  14. Simo98

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    I always play my fretless with a pick (nearly always)

    But I guess thats because i play almost exclusivly with a pick. It gives a really nice droning sound on my fretless P.
  15. keyzer

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    From Catalunya, Spain.



    Ahí es ná!
  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    When I play a fretless with a pick it sounds dull so most of the time I don't.
    I heard interesting results from others though.
  17. bolombo

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    sounds ok to me...;)
  18. squashedOpossum

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    Tony Franklin: -- intro with fingers, the rest is with a pick.
  19. boomtisk

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    Personally I like the sound of a fretless played with a pick as it sounds pretty unique as there's some buzz that isn't fret buzz. Also, it sometimes sounds as if there's a chorus effect going on. It's sorta hard to put into words -- maybe that's why I like it. ;)
  20. kevin newsham

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    You beat me to it, that is the video I was going to suggest. See what I get for sleeping in.:D

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