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best fretless under 1 grand

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VoodooChile, Oct 20, 2001.


  1. just wonderin' what you guys think the best fretless 4 or 5 string is. also if you guys could tell me any info or opinions on the gary willis sig ibanez, the cost, the quality, the sound and so forth.
     
  2. i noticed on your profile youre from fl...what part? is nbphs north broward? im in pompano
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Under a grand, the best is the MTD Kingston fretless 4 or 5. If you can find one, the Cort Artisan 4 and 5 are also awesome.

    The Gary Willis fretless is a decent bass, but there are better values for the money.

    If you can afford a little over a grand, you can get the Peavey Cirrus fretless 4 or 5, a truly world class fretless bass.
     
  4. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    You can get an Fretless American Jazz Bass for under a grand, I believe. I have the standard model which is $3-400 and I'm very happy with it. The American is a step up in terms of construction and electronics.
     
  5. thanks for all of the info. i'll try and check out the fender and the mtd but as for the cirrus i don't think my money would allow that after just buying my cirrus six
     
  6. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    see if you can play a used carvin somewhere. you could get a really decked out used fretless model pretty cheaply im sure, and carvin does an excellent job on a fretless (they did on mine!) if you like that, look into ordering your own, you can get em stock for well under a grand, and then deck it out to fit your needs. just save a little cash extra to replace the HB pickup with a basslines or a bart. good luck. even though i dont like fender basses for the most part, i do like the sound of a fretless P. i have a friend who has one. the gary willis model sounds cool, and i like the design ideas behind it, but i still cant get over the fact that its a signature model. hence, you mihgt be paying a littel extra just to get someones name stamped on the headstock....
     
  7. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    ...does the $700 I've got in my Zon Sonus Special 5 Fretless count??? :eek: :cool:


    Used you will find great deals on great basses (maybe not as spectacular as my example, but still...).

    Thinking new: MTD Kingston 5 Fretless, hands down. Any color you want, as long as it's black. :)

    By the way VC, you otta take a road trip, there's this shop up in Orlando that has a pretty killer selection of stuff at real reasonable prices, you may have heard of it, Bass Central....;)
     
  8. yeah i was actually thinking about going up there the next time i'm in orlando which is probaly gonna be some time this spring. that's pretty awesome getting a zon for 700 dollars how the hell did you do that?
     
  9. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    didn't Brad Johnson get his Zon Legacy Standard 5 fretless for $900? :eek:
     
  10. zon's can be found at good deals at times, but what i'd like to try would be a good warwick fretless with a wenge neck and fretboard, and an ash body, oh wait there is one i know of just can't afford it damn, wish i could try one though
     
  11. Think used. Even if you can't find the exact fretless you want, for the kind of money you are talking you can get one defretted and shazam. Or if it feels good, but doesn't have quite the sound you want, change out the pickups.

    Loads of good, used basses in the 3-6 hundred range on ebay that sound great after a bit of tweaking. Check the online bass stores regularly for good used deals.

    If this all sounds like too much work or beyond your experience, the best bet is talk to BC. Everything I've heard about Bass Central is positive, I'm probably going to get a cab from them myself (Beaver's been great both in email on the phone).
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Nah, it was $1500... but it was new:D:D:D

    Here's my regular list of sub-$1K fretlesses

    MTD Kingston ~$500
    Cort Artisan ~$500
    Carlo Robelli ~$250

    but... I would definitely look "used" first. For instance, there's a Warrior Solder 5-string Fretless for sale right now for $900. That would be at the top of my list;)
     
  13. holy crap where is the warrior?
     
  14. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    damn:(, but you're still the #1 deal god i know :D
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    www.bassgear.com
     
  16. thanks for the link, i alread sent the guy an email asking for pics.
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Unless it's pink with green pokydots... it should be a deal

    :D
     
  18. the picks up it are pretty sweet but it's a lined fret board which is kinda a negative for me atleast. another problem is that it's made of purple heart so it's got to weigh a ton and i don't care for the looks of purple heart but i still might buy it.