Inlays on a Fretless?

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  1. MrYellow

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    I was looking at the Warwick Custom Shop (I'm nuts over Warwicks), and to my surprise I found this beatiful bass.

    http://warwick.de/en/Warwick---Custom-Shop--Gallery--Thumb--Thumb-NT---405--5-string--Pictures.html

    What interested me was the fact the bass had one big inlay stretching accross the entire fretboard, I checked the specifications, and I couldn't find anything about a finish on the neck. So what I want to know, if I were to fret a note that was on top of that inlay, how much would that affect the tone? I know an ebony fingerboard such as this provides a warm tone with a lot of legato effect, but the inlay is made of a completely different material.
    Can anyone tell what to expect? are there any other fretless basses with inlays that are produced commercialy?
  2. Jeff Scott

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    It's a show/display bass that is not meant to actually be played. ;)
  3. MrYellow

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    Really? I've seen some of the basses under the same catagory being played, and seem odd to spend a fair bit of money on such an instrument, without intending to sell it.
  4. lz4005

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    Custom basses don't hold their value. It makes no sense to spend that much with the intent to get rid of it and eat a huge depreciation.

    As for the OP: There aren't many fretless basses with big inlay. Inlay like that has a high likelihood of being destroyed if the board ever wears and has to be levelled.
  5. MrYellow

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    Thanks for the help, I have to say I'm surprised I didn't think of that.
    Oh, I went through the specifications again, the big inlay actually lights up, so I doubt it's a good idea to be applying pressure to it. But yeah, somewhere there is a red light, I don't know if it's inside the inlay or if the neck is partially hollow, this is stuff Warwick does a lot, so if they could produce a fretless with it they would
  6. lz4005

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    It's cool that the whole thing lights up. Usually it's done by making a small rout for the wires to run between the back of the neck and the fretboard. Those wires then connect to a battery compartment in the body and an LED in the neck. There's a lot of work that goes into it.

    It's a great looking bass, but I still think it's not going to be played a whole lot, because it'll be next to impossible to level that board as it wears.
  7. M0ses

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    You guys are silly. A solid coat of epoxy over the top and it will play just the same as any fretless.
  8. spade2you

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    Inlays and wood still have the potential to have uneven spots under epoxy.
  9. M0ses

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    I suppose so, but I thought it was pretty unanimously agreed that Warwick knows how to make a bass properly.
  10. lz4005

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    They do, but they'll also make just about any crazy one-off bass someone with more money than sense asks them to.

    Nobody's saying it's not beautiful, just questioning the practicality of it.
  11. spade2you

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    Properly, sure. The wood still has the potential to expand or contract at a different rate than the inlay. Not worth the risk in my book.
  12. MD

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    Similar to the vine inlay on the Michael Kelly ABG. Think I read about it coming loose in one instance. Pretty, but too ornate for my taste; and IMO, invites problems down the road.

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