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Best Fretless Sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cabooke, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. cabooke


    Jan 26, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Hello fellow bassist. I have a Carvin LB-75 fretless bass with the j-pick up on the neck side, and a humbucker on the bridge. I don't like the sound of this bass. I had the oppertunity to play on a Pedulla Buzz 5, and the tone and punch was amazing. Will a change of electronics get me this sound, or is it in the construction of the instrument, or both. Thanks much for any insight.
  2. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    All the fretless Pedullas I've ever seen/played have a hard coating on the fretboard (I believe it's epoxy) which has an influence on the sound,making it brighter.They also use Bartolini pickups which are my favorites.
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Pedulla has one of the best fretless tones I have ever heard. The hard poly coating on the fingerboard is one of the ingredients, the Barts are another, and the all maple body and neck have something to do with it too.

    Only one other fretless that I have played sounds better, a Zon Sonus Custom. So I bought one.

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    the Pedulla fretless is one of the best along with Brubaker,Warrior,and Fabregues just to mention a few.
  5. ...played 'em all, bought the Zon.

    (And workin' where I do, I do get to pretty much play 'em all! :D)
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Probably not. I had an LB75F, all Koa with an Ebony board. Swapped out the two J pickups and 2 band EQ for all Bartolini. Nice but still not what I wanted. Not even close to a Pedulla Buzz. Later I found a couple of basses I like a lot more than the Buzz basses.

    I love fretlesses. I have a Zon Legacy Standard 5 and a custom semihollow Elrick NJS 5 and I'm toying with the idea of a K4B Brubaker 5.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have a Pedulla Thunderbolt 5 fretless and a Lakland 55-94 fretless. The Lakland has a wider range of tones and is very decent, but the Pedulla rips it a new orifice when it gets down to mwah factor. Pedulla is the definitive fretless sound. I think the BuzzBass has even more mwah. You decide.

  8. Don't forget European stuff guys ... 6 months minus one week and a half to receive my Marleaux Fretless Edition ....

    According to some sources, THIS is the best freless ... I hope so!

    6 months minus one week and a half, minus 5 minutes, 6 minutes, 7 minutes ... countdown started.
  9. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    You really owe it to yourself to play a Zon before you decide. I had a Carvin fretless that I was also not happy with the tone (even after trying several sets of strings). I played a Pedula Buzz and immediately sold the Carvin. I owned the Buzz for a week before I played a Zon. I took the Pedula back and got the Zon.

    Pedula makes a great fretless bass. So does Zon. Try 'em both before you decide.

  10. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    This one:
  11. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    Been playing a fretless Wal for 18 years and I'm still blown away by it.
  12. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    i have a carvin 6 fretless and i guess i just got a good one because the tone is delish. i am a hard core buzz bass man too. i have heard bad bad things about that humbucker from carvin. your problem might be in our setup ( neck relief ect) or it might not me the bass for you. i personally stopped drooling for the buzz once i played a brubaker. i am also extremely happy with my carvin and my fretless jazz. if i ever descide to go up though definately the brubaker. do a search for namm pics and go to my sight to see jauqo and me partyin at the brubaker booth.
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Amazon Product Designer
    jesus, how many times do i have to drill it into you people's heads?!?!

    fretless is for WIMPS!!!

    "oooh, look at me, i'm all expressive!!!"


    get a fretted and forget the rest!

  14. dabassr

    dabassr Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2002
    I've got a Godin A5 that has a real smooth sound, and plays quite well also. Not a real power bass, but has an almost acoustic sound.
  15. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    You said it !

    But honestly, as someone who also owns a Zon fretless...can we just join hands across the continent and get rid of this fretless plague.
    It's just a fad people...I give another 2 months. Maybe 4 for uprights.
    :D :D (sarcasm is on the house)

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