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Beginner question : Fretted or Fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by howard943, Nov 2, 2003.


  1. howard943

    howard943

    Nov 1, 2003
    San Francisco
    I'm a guitarist who is considering switching to the bass, but i'm not sure should i get a fretted or fretless, can someone tell me whats the difference between them??
     
  2. Victor Wooten98

    Victor Wooten98 Guest

    Jul 31, 2003
    South of Heaven...
    I'd say fretted for a beginner...

    The difference is that one has fret's and one dosent...

    Frettless basses are good for Sliding up and down the fretboard very smoothly and make a "Mmwhaaa" sound from the a slight buzz on the fretboard. Frettless (for me at least) are Very bad for Tapping, Two hand Tapping, Slapping. That may not be a problem for you but it is for me... Also with Fretted basses you can hit anywhere in the fret space, In fretless, if you are a little off it sounds flat or sharp.

    ***Please excuse my spelling, I just dont care enought to press the backspace button a million times***
     
  3. hey howard943,

    I'd probably recommend a fretted, too, if you're used to guitar and don't want to learn a whole new instrument.

    fretless requires a level of discipline that many find daunting. the rewards are amazing if you are willing to put in the time, but if you're not as concerned with finding a "new" voice, I think you'll be happy with a fretted.

    from the low end,


    Stew
     
  4. Victor Wooten98

    Victor Wooten98 Guest

    Jul 31, 2003
    South of Heaven...
    BTW, Why dont you want to play Guitar Anymore?

    I'd say to keep it at least, and if you do buy a bass. BUY USED

    If you have say $600 you can buy a Used $1,000 + instrament.

    Like a Jem 777 is say $1,200 but used its like $800 or less.
     
  5. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    I would suggest a fretless electric guitar if you are a veteran guitarist.
     
  6. Victor Wooten98

    Victor Wooten98 Guest

    Jul 31, 2003
    South of Heaven...

    That could be a cool Idea, but I think (everyone) should own and try to play as many instraments as they can. It is good to be able to play 6-7 diff. instraments.
     
  7. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Thomas Huxley:
    Try to learn something about
    everything and everything about something
     
  8. Victor Wooten98

    Victor Wooten98 Guest

    Jul 31, 2003
    South of Heaven...
    Hehe, I know a little bit about everything, and a Lot about some things.


    "Thomas Huxley:
    Try to learn something about
    everything and everything about something"

    I like that.
     
  9. Its simple...If you were a guitarist, you'll be way better off playing fretted bass...But, use the unfretted for slide effects and such like!!!

    Good luck and iM' sure you'll be great! :D :bassist:
     

  10. Hey Stew, great thouht out post and good advise.

    The fretless is an entire different world and I don't think all bassists know this.

    I play both but I do feel my fretted gets most of my attention!

    Good Luck on your quest!

    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  11. hey Treena,

    thanks fo rthe kind words. I've been without a fretless for about a year and a half but just got a new one. did a solo show last night and played it for the first half of the set!

    I saw that you're in the Bay Area. I'll be moving up that way in a few months. how's the playing scene?

    from the low end,


    Stew
     
  12. howard943

    howard943

    Nov 1, 2003
    San Francisco
    Hey Treena, u live in SF too?? can u recommend me some good stores other than guitar center??

    and BTW i heard ppl saying that fretless basses sound a lot better than fretted, is that true?? And should i start out with a under $200 bass or maybe a package??
     
  13. Yes, I think I can!

    I often hit San Jose. I like Guitar Showcase because I have many friends who work there!

    Guitar Showcase
    San Jose, CA
    Tel. 408-377-5864
    E-Mail: binkprod@earthlink.net
    Web: www.guitarshowcase.com

    Audio Images
    San Francisco, CA
    Tel. 415-957-9131
    Web: www.audioimages.com

    San Francisco, California
    95124
    Email: Web@guitarshowcase.com
    Website http://www.guitarshowcase.com/

    There’s also Starving Musician but they don’t deal down at all, from my experinece.

    I know a couple of smaller shops around town, let me see if I can find the addresses for you!



    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  14. if it's his first time playing bass...fretted
     
  15. Tony, who has a store in Newark just near Fremont CA.


    http://www.aantones.com/
    Aantone's Music
    36601 Newark Blvd. #11
    Newark, California 94560 USA

    Store Hours:
    M-F 12:00 - 7:00 PM
    Sat 12:00 - 6:00 PM
    Sun Closed

    (510) 795-9170
    aantones@pacbell.net

    Tell Him Treena and Kurt Sent you!


    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  16. If you have any more questions, I will be happy to help!

    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  17. howard943

    howard943

    Nov 1, 2003
    San Francisco
    hey thanks Treena!!

    Whats a good bass under $400?? Are Yamahas and Ibanezes any good?? And if I play a bass with my guitar amp, will it explode or something:meh:? (I got two guitar amps so I won't care if the bass will damage it.)
     
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