6 String Fretless Options

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StanTurpentine, Jul 15, 2017.


  1. StanTurpentine

    StanTurpentine

    Dec 14, 2011
    Hey y'all

    I've been trying to find a 6 string fretless bass. I'm looking for something under $2500 Canadian monopoly money. I feeling like I'm kinda striking out here.

    So far I've only been able to find only about 3-4 that fits the bill.
    MTD Kingston KZ-6 Fretless - but I can't seem to find a dealer in Canada that brings them in
    Carvin Vader/Vanquish/Aries - This probably is my best bet, but you know CDN to USD is kinda back to what it was supposed to be before the oil-boom
    Schecter Stiletto 6-FL - Stores I've looked at doesn't seem to carry the FL model
    Ibanez SRF706 - Again, stores I've looked at doesn't seem to carry the 6 string, only the 5.
    Rondo - I mean, I've heard great things about them, but for how much it'll cost me to bring one into Canada it would cost about the same as buying a good one.


    ESP - Doesn't seem to have a 6 string fretless that gets distributed to Canada
    Fender - I'd love to get my hands on a Steve Baily VI, but I don't think they make them anymore. And aren't they 3k+?
    Musicman - I've tried a Bongo 6 before, really didn't like the neck. Besides they're over budget.
    What other brands should I look into?

    EDIT: I understand I could get pretty much anything under my budget if I got it used. Right now I'm only looking at new instruments because they're easy to source; I don't have to wait on the Craigslist or whatnot for one to pop up.
     
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  2. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

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  3. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    RMI Hummingbird?
     
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  4. StanTurpentine

    StanTurpentine

    Dec 14, 2011
    Awwwww sweet! I've never heard of these two companies before!

    I'm now craving for a RMI Hummingbird...
     
  5. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I played one a year ago. Can't recall the model - it was a Hummingbird but there's nothing like it in the current catalogue - it had twin Delano mags and a piezo bridge - I think it was a custom build. Absolutely astounding. I'd never played a 6 before but it felt as natural as breathing...
     
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  6. StanTurpentine

    StanTurpentine

    Dec 14, 2011
    Yea! I'm seriously looking into it! I just clicked the first youtube link, and i was like wow!
     
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  7. gregmari

    gregmari

    Nov 27, 2013
    Oregon
    I picked up a Carvin LB76 for $575 US on local craigslist. Graduation gift for my son. He has been wanting a 6 string fretless for a long time. I just set it up with some nickel rounds today. It's active/passive with piezo bridge saddles.

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  8. StanTurpentine

    StanTurpentine

    Dec 14, 2011
    How do Carvin's feel? Are they more similar to J-bass necks?

    I've been looking at my local classifieds, they're really hit and miss. There're like 3 MTD fretless' right now and they're definitely not within my budget. The closest one that fits the bill is in Portland. Now if I was living in Vancouver, WA and not Vancouver, BC it'd be a simple drive over.
     
  9. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Warwick ... EBMM with the Bongo 6 ... Carvin/Keisel, I guess Ibanez must have one ... ESP/LTD must have one too. Spector should have one in their most expensive line. I'm sure Schecter have one too.
     
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  10. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

  11. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    That is a gret looking bass! BTW they have another beautiful 6 string Tune bass (fretted) for just $999 (CAD)!

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    I like white basses and that white/ebony fretless fb combo is gorgeous! Congrats!
     
  12. Being and Bass

    Being and Bass

    Apr 9, 2017
    Canada
    Maybe consider getting a fretted 6-string and convert it yourself? I recently gave up the search for a fretless 6-string and got an amazing Ibanez SR1206, which I may still just defret myself still.
     
  13. I played a used fretless Roscoe 6 in that price range at a guitar center. Warwick makes the rockbass corvette basic 6 in a fretless with an ebony board. They are around $900 new although if you have $2500 to spend you have a ton of options. Used most really nice fretless 6 strings are going to fall under $2500 because there's just not a huge market for them. You could probably find a Warwick thumb bo or even a neck through fretless 6. I played a fretless thumb 6 about a decade ago it was amazing. My fretted thumb NT6 was significantly under your price range and there's a bigger market for fretted ones which drives the prices high up on the used fretted ones. You could also build one or have one built.like build a Warmoth Gecko 6 or hit up Kiesel/carvin and get something brand new and easily stay under budget. If you don't go crazy with options you might be able to get a Custom made Clement bass also. Steve Bailey has had multiple signature fretless 6 strings with companies like Warwick and Fender as well.
     
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  14. Wishbass! He charges $100 per string so your fretless 6er would be $600 American. Or watch Ebay because he lists them there.
     
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  15. bench

    bench

    Dec 28, 2007
    Germany
    Maruszczyk! Well inside the budget and you can choose all your options...
     
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  16. thewildest

    thewildest

    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
    Trying to save some more for an FBass BNF6 would be the best way to go, you'll never look back with a beast of a bass like this.

    I did the unthinkable, so this would be my recommendation: got me a Warwick Thumb BO used bass for 1500 and defretted it for another 400, so it would be under budget; it really sounds awesome with or without frets.
     
  17. BassJuju

    BassJuju

    Jul 9, 2016
    Kentucky
    I have a Kiesel B25 fretless and love it. So, cost wise, that's the brand I'd choose. Knowing what I know now, id probably shop for a used FBass that hit my price range. I would under no circumstances buy the Ibanez. Far too many stories and personal experience of quality control issues and lack of customer service.
     
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  18. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    I'll disagree my new Ibanez SRF706 is incredible and no QC issues. Sorry to hear you've heard about and experienced otherwise.
     
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  19. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Zon.
     
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    Sithian Operator! Give me the number for 9-1-1! Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2008
    New Jersey
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