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Fender fretless jazz bass mim mods

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Cajuare, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Cajuare

    Cajuare

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    Hi,
    I just bought a fender fretless jazz bass mim.
    I planning to do some modifications to it. (Pickups,preamp,bridge,strings,etc)

    Which modifications do you recommend to get a nice fretless sound?
  2. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    Ok well you asked, ha ha.
    My '01 Agave Blue MIM Fretless:
    MODS:
    - Gotoh Reverse Gear tuners
    - Bone Nut
    - Clay Dots on neck
    - Neck narrowed down to 1.45 at nut
    - Tort Pickguard
    - Fender CS '60's pickups
    - Vintage Stack Knob wiring, CTS etc
    - Fender multi-detent stack knobs
    - Fender Vintage threaded Bridge
    - Fender Pickup covers
    - RS TruBass 88 tapewound strings
    And just lately switched to an older MIM Black Body. It is much lighter. I had to open up the bridge pup route a bit but it so much more comfy now.
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    Hey you asked...😃
  3. RobbieK

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    I'd get some hum cancelling pickups, as fretless jazz basses sound great with the bridge pretty much solo (think Jaco).

    If you go active, I'd suggest getting a preamp with a mid control. Fretless is all about the mids.

    Listen carefully and critically to the bass unplugged in a quiet room. If it sounds a but mushy or lacking that woody tone, possibly think about the dimarzio J pickups. They really push the mid range thing as well.

    The other (slightly less glamorous) thing to spend some $$ on, is a good set up from a reputable luthier. Getting the board perfectly radiused plus the action and relief perfect is critical on a fretless because so much of that tone is from the way the string sounds on the board.
  4. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    ^^^Good advice here. However with my single coils AND Tapewounds even, my bass is virtually silent even with one pup rolled off its really pretty quiet. But I have a lot of experience with shielding witch makes a big difference. I like to use both the shielding paint plus foil for their different performance attributes.
  5. Cajuare

    Cajuare

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    Thanks guys for supporting.

    What about pickups?
    Which brand do you think helps to get a
    Great fretless tone?

    Preamps?

    Bridge?

    Strings?

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