asking about fretless sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jb_kid, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    I just wondering what makes the fretless bass makes the nice "mwah" sound ??

    i got myself thinking about buying a fretless bass.. since i have Bad Ass 3 bridge (someone give me as a present), i want to have a 4 string FL bass..

    concerning the budget i have, maybe i want to buy the cheaper bass (like squier) and then i defret it, but my obssesion for a long time is to build a custom bass..

    so i want to ask all of u guys opinion about my idea..

    thx y'all
     
  2. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
  3. DoubleBuck

    DoubleBuck Guest

    May 25, 2006
    Hartford, CT
    Hi JB_KID,

    If you are going the fretless Squier route, try the Duncan Designed pickups on the Sqier Jazz Bass. I paid $267.00 for this bass and it is FABULOUS in Tone!

    Peace,
    DoubleBuck :bassist:
     
  4. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    so, what should i choose, either buy a cheaper bass than modified it inot fretless, or build a fretlees custom one ??
     
  5. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    just for the info, in my country, indonesia, there is no store selling this squier fretless with duncan design..
     
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Indonesia...isn't that where they build all the cheap basses.
     
  7. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    yup.. they build it and sell it to other country, but doesnt left some for local use..
     
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    For "mwah" it's round wound strings on a nice wood board. For "upright" it's flats - like TI's. A good touch will help as well. A jazz will do just fine. The Squire's sound OK, but I didn't like the neck on mine.
     
  9. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    okay.. nice info, i'll keep that in mind.. oh yeah, what's the different sound made by the P and the J on the fretless ?
     
  10. DoubleBuck

    DoubleBuck Guest

    May 25, 2006
    Hartford, CT
    I guess I am guilty of supposing that you could order the fretless Squire with the Duncan Designed pickups. Since Fender is such an international company I supposed that it would be possible for you. Building a fretless bass from parts requires a lot of knowledge of which parts are available in your country and skill in lutherie to put it all together--as well as the tools to do so. Is there any mail order company that would send a Fender fretless to you by freight or mail since you use the internet? I wish you the best of luck in finding a source. Perhaps someone from your area who is reading this forum can point you to a local source. Good Luck. :bassist:
     
  11. I really like the sound I'm getting on my Peavey foundation fretless. It's strung with GHS flats and I have felt by the bridge to mute. Sounds way smooth!
     
  12. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    well i might build a custom one with the local luthier.. currently i played warwick corv proline 6 string, maybe i'll ask my luthier to make the same string spacing so i can easily adapt with the fretless one..

    i already had the BA3 bridge..

    any suggestion about the Pickups, the model (P or J), and the brand (Fender, Bart, Dimarzio) ??

    thx all..
     
  13. bassbodger

    bassbodger Guest

    Jun 11, 2009
    i had a fender mim j bass fretless with flats on. loved the low action but not the dull sound. then i heard bot the jaco 'bass of doom' and it gave me ideas. i tried some different materials to epoxy the neck. found one that worked. my necks like glass now. put ernie ball rounds on. then i didnt like the j pickups and sheer weight of a jb body. i had a spare p bass body lyin around, so i swapped for that, bought a giovanni p bass pup with alnico v's, painted it white. bought some 3 ply black pickguard sheet from allparts and designed own pickguard shape. swapped the standard fender cts 250k tone pot for an alpha and put in a 0.047uf cap, and i have a fretless to die for. if its not your bag, i dont mind, its my sound man.
     
  14. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    @bassbodger : wow, looks like it will be a nice bass.. any pic of your bass ??

    i just wanna stick the pickup on bart, dimarzio, fender, seymour duncan, and EMG due to lack of stock in this country.. thx..
     
  15. bassbodger

    bassbodger Guest

    Jun 11, 2009
    only got the camera on me phone dude, but i will try. ill just say it was worth all the hard effort. ps...if ya want the 'mwah' youd be best puttin epoxy resin on ya neck. google jaco pastorius bass of doom.....youll see what i mean
     
  16. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    String heigth will affect the 'mwah' sound.... and where you pluck the string. Lower the strings and pluck over the fingerboard for maxium 'mwah'.
     
  17. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    thx for the advice dear sir, any suggestion about the pickup and the woods ??
     
  18. metalfunkjazz

    metalfunkjazz Guest

    Jun 10, 2009
    If you want a good fretless, don't get a Fender. If you are willing to spend more for a better one, I STRONGLY suggest the fretless Warwick Corvette Standard. They're about $1,200, and it's one of the nicest basses I have ever played. If you aren't willing to spend that much, and just want a fretless to fool around on, I'd get the Squier Jaco Jazz bass. Also not bad for the price.
     
  19. jb_kid

    jb_kid

    Jul 6, 2006
    i currently own warwick and that's a very nice bass.. but to buy another wick, i don't have the budget.. maybe i'll gonna made custom bass with playbility like warwick..