Best Fretless for the money

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Richiee, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Richiee


    Oct 29, 2005
    Want to buy a 5 string fretless bass, what would be the best sounding for the lowest money?

    Thanks everybody

  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    MTD kingston . Cost you under $500.
  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I'll second the Kingston.

    The Brice Douglas 5-string is also a good one, if you can find one. It requires only a little upgrade investment to make it a very cool bass. I upgraded mine by having the cavities shielded and by replacing the stock pickups with Barts. Sounds/plays great!
  4. I had a(fretless)Dean Edge 4 for awhile- very nice bass, & an INCREDIBLY nice bass for the money(I traded roughly $300 worth of stuff for it used). I have not played a 5-string version, & personally I prefer 34" scale- the 5 & 6 string Deans go 35"- but if the 5 is anything like the 4, it's worth checking out.
  5. On the Dean....nice bass for any money and a bargain for what the Edge Fretless series sells for....I keep defaulting to it during shows, and currently play my Edge 4 fretless for 3 sets out of 4 every night.

    That's over a $1200 G&L that I really enjoy as well.

  6. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
  7. westland


    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    +1 ... just bought one and quality, materials and construction are excellent
  8. adashbass

    adashbass Guest

    Nov 10, 2005
    Hey, ive heard good things about the edge 4 fretless.
    Im thinking of going fretless.
    Maybe a Warwick Rockbass Corvette Fretless 4?
    Anyone got one/heard about them?
  9. I wonder about the Rockbass line as well- it's gotten at least one good review in Bassplayer, IIRC. I don't much care for the ovangkol-necked(way too thick & chunky for my tastes)'wicks, but I imagine they could design a maple neck that felt nice. They are definitely cheap- I saw a(used)fretless Corvette at last night for $399.
  10. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Can't forget about the SX basses aswell. Check out this beauty. Haven't played it but SX basses are well regarded around here and I own 2. I Highly recommend them.

  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'm playing a $200 Yamaha BB404F. I know it's a four string, but don't let prices fool you.
  12. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

  13. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    played one two days ago, light bass, plays like butter, I really need to get me one of these things (fretlesses) :meh:
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    My first fretless was a Dean Edge 5. Do a search for my name and Dean for my posts on it. Summary: I loved it and would recommend it without hesitation.
  15. sanray


    Nov 8, 2005
    also have the dean edge five and it is a very nice bass, I got it new an I love it only wish it had lines
  16. 7thbass


    Nov 21, 2003
    Houston, Tx
  17. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    I had a Lakland 55-01 fretless 5 that was a dream to play, sounded great, and didn't need anything in the way of upgrades. I've seen them in the $500 range and that is a lot of bass for the $$. I went over to a fretless Zon 5, otherwise I'd still be playing it.