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Ahhh.....the MWAHH!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ívar Þórólfsson, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Okay...I think I finally now what you all are talking about when you refer to the mwahh.

    I made a quick trip in my lunch hour to a music store, and I found a fretless 4string Godin hanging there. The Godin fretless

    I picked it up off the wall and started playing with it...omg...the mwahh came to me. This was a beautiful instrument to play on (the first fretless I´ve ever tried), and the notes just seemed to sing out from the wood.

    They were selling it for about 700$. I don´t know if that is a good deal or not. The Icelandic currency has fallen considerably to the us dollar in the past 6 months. For example; An instrument which would have cost me 1000$ 6 months ago, now runs for 1320$. A sad thing indeed.

    But enough of that....I have found the mwah, and I like it! (Now if there was only a way to finance the aquisition of mwahh) :)
  2. I really like my Stingray 5 fretless.

    It goes wackity-wackity-mwaahhhh!
  3. Ah yes...without the great and powerful MWAAAAAHHHHHZZZZZ life for me would not be as sweet.... :D

    ...which way is Kansas??? ;)

    Toto, where are you??????
  4. Seeing as this thread is already in exsistance,I`m going to tag on to it with a question.Hope nobody minds that. :p

    I`ve been toying with the idea of getting a cheap frettless one day.It would have to be lined and marked though.

    Just wondering what some decent cheap makes/models would cost.This would be kind of an expearimental/learning instrument.Currently I am working on playing with my eyes closed and not looking at the frets :cool:

    Well,Icez it sounds like you are under the spell of the mwaahhhh.Good luck to you!

  5. The Godin is a very sweet fretless. I really wanted one but got the MTD Kingston K5 fretless. Amazing amounts of "mwah" for around $500. Check it out!
  6. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Haha :)
    Thanks... I don´t think my bass playing life will ever be the same after this. Now I´m on the look for a fretless, lined (faint lines though) bass. 4 or a 5 stringer. The Godin I tried had no lines, but position markers not on the fretboard itself, but on the top (you know what I mean ;) ) that just marked the usual 3-5-7-9-12-etc. At first I found it quite challenging, but this is quite a good eartraining. I immediatly noticed the minor differences between spot-on, and almost spot on :) Quite fun to play with a fretless I must say!

    Long live the mwah!
  7. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Get a cheap fretted bass and defret it, and fill the holes with wood filler - you will get a cheap fretless with barely discernible lines that only you can see - looks good, and should sound reasonable.
  8. Go ahead and check out a MIM jazz fretless. Suprisingly good. Decent bass as well, easy to upgrade later.

    Good luck. Fretless = Fun
  9. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hmn...what is this "Mwah" you speak of? I have yet to play a bass with such "mwah"...is this characteristic exclusive to fretless?

    Oh...I might get me a lined fretless 4 sometime in the future...I liked playing Upright fretless, I think I might dig fretless BG as well...
  10. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Yes. A double bass has some mwah but more thump. For "mwah" factor, listen to Mick Karn albums.
  11. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hmn...mayhaps the "Mwah" was why I liked playing DB in band...(well, for the last week of school anyway). Makes me think I might need a fretless in the future....

    Or...(sic) get my DP fretless?...no...not yet. Maybe the NEXT DP....(yes, there will be another DP:D)
  12. elbass


    Aug 6, 2001
    San Antonio TX
    I own a pre-Gibson Tobias bass with most excellent mwah. It's a lined fretless, and lots of people have mistaken it for a fretted bass. I've had several people ask me questions like:"How do you get that great fretless sound out of your bass?" I just take it as a compliment on my flawless intonation;) . My most outrageous experience was at a studio session some time ago where the engineer asked me if something was wrong with with my bass-he said he was hearing a strange buzz that he was having a hard time EQing out. I said: "Well, quit doing that-I paid extra for that buzz!"
  13. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    :Obi-Wan Kenobi voice ON:

    ......Luke, remember: the Mwahh will be with you, Always!!!!

    :Obi-Wan Kenobi voice OFF:

  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    With what you can get for under $500 these days I doubt if that's worthwhile.

    1. You potentially may destroy the bass and end up with next to nothing.

    2. There's a pretty good chance that a bass that was "designed" as a fretless with work much better than your experiment.
  15. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I've done it to 3 of my basses, and it's worked well for me. I take it to my luthier - he charges me AU$100 (which is only $50 US), and he does a superb job. Of course, if you don't know what you're doing, you can damage the fretboard.

    Obviously if you have the money, buy a fretless. If not, and have an old bass lying around, spending an extra $50-100 is all you need to get it done professionally. But what Brad says is true too.

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