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Jazz: fretless fiver + fretted four or vice versa?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AlexanderB, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
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    What are your thoughts and experience?
    I currently have a good fretted five string, active Jazz and a good fretless five string as well. I do not have a four string Jazz, though, but I am looking for one.

    Since I could do most of our songs on a four string and I feel slightly more relaxed without the low B, I have thought of trading one of the fivers for a four stringer. I figured combining the two "speciality basses" into one might work. I normally go for a bit simpler approach on my fretted fiver vs on a four and fretless is also used on slower songs.

    Any comments?
  2. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
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    My choice is a fretted 5 and a fretless 4 Jazz. I usually play a 5-string. But, when a J is called for, or a fretless is called for, my fretless J 4 has never let me down.
  3. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa-to-be Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2011
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    Most of the above... I have a fretless five and both fretted and fretless fours.

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