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Birdsong Embrace Fretless

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by jmceachern36, Feb 3, 2013.


  1. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Birdsong Embrace fretless w/ case. $750 plus shipping. 32 inch scale. Soapbar pickup. Weighs about 6.2 lbs. Spanish Cedar with Maple neck and Bloodwood board. Handmade in Texas. Cost me $1100 new. Plays like a dream. Nice low action. I'm only selling because I need some cash and I own 2 Embraces. I've played this bass on reggae gigs, blues, jazz and top 40. I think it sounds great for everything. There are dots and lines on the side of the fingerboard where the frets would be. I never played a fretless before this and I was able to adjust to it quickly with the marks on the side. Here's a youtube link to it. It's strung with GHS flats. I play my other one at the end to give you an idea what it might sound like with tapes. Feel free to ask questions. Thanks.

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  2. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    I had a question about fret lines. Here they are. Dots and lines where the frets would be. Makes it really easy to adjust to if you haven't played fretless before.

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  4. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Pre blizzard bump. $750. Professional all hand made bass.
     
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  6. EduardoK

    EduardoK Gold Supporting Member

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    Free bump for a very cool bass and a fine seller. Good luck with the sale, wish I could ....
     
  7. MarkA

    MarkA Registered Schmoozer. Supporting Member

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    Never seen one before. Looks neat. Hard to tell from the photos, but is the fingerboard radiused or flat? I like that the dots are "on the notes" instead of in between.
     
  8. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    The fingerboard is flat. It feels great that way. Makes me wonder why fretboards are radiused in the first place. I'm sure someone out there knows.
     
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    I love my Embrace. Very ergonomic and sounds huge!
    That flat board feels amazing. GLWS.
     
  11. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum) Gold Supporting Member

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    Joe, this would be a great addition to my Birdsong stable. Thinking about it; maybe when my tax return arrives if it is still available. Sold my fretted HY5 to order a fretless HY5 (#62 in walnut on the website production line is mine)
     
  12. jmceachern36

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  13. MarkA

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    Sounds, from the clip, like it does a nice quasi-upright feel. Can it do a growly, Jaco-ish or Gary Willis-ish thing, too?

    Also, if one so wished, how hard would it be to swap the pickup? Unless I'm missing something, looks like it would be easy.

    6.2 pounds, btw -- that's nice!
     
  14. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Yes, it's just a matter of a little eq. I like the upright sound so I bump up the bass a bit .Those strings are pretty old too. They were on another bass before this one. I also stung it up with chromes and tapes. It was hard to decide what strings to leave on. That's why I have 2. The thing I find really nice is you can get really different sounds depending on how you play. Play toward the neck for the upright sound and then dig in over the pickup for a more punchy sound....Changing the pickup would be a piece of cake. It might be interesting to have a pickup that can be single coil and humbucker.
     
  15. Dano59

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    Would you be interested in a Tacoma Thunderchief acoustic fretless bass with hard shell case?
     
  16. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the offer but I need the cach right now.
     
  17. Dano59

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    OK.....thanks anyway. Will work on it.
     
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    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Yes. Comes with a hard case. Ill take a pic when I can.
     
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