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DeFret My Kala U bass????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassbones2, Mar 5, 2016.


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  1. bassbones2

    bassbones2 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Nicholasville Kentucky
    So I have the classic "Klackaty Klack" sound and some sketchy intonation with my Kala U bass. Can I solve these problems by yanking the frets out?

    JB
     
  2. DLemos

    DLemos

    Sep 7, 2015
    Fretless should be the only way of life!
     
    Ale the Snail likes this.
  3. JonKim

    JonKim

    Nov 15, 2011
    Might be better to just sell it here and buy a used fretless
     
  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If the intonation is off where the frets are, it'll be off where the frets aren't.
     
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  5. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Anything that short in scale is difficult to play in tune when fretless. I had a fretless Ashbory bass once, and though I play fretless bass, I found it very difficult to play in tune. Think about it - if you are an eighth of an inch off on a 34" scale, the note will be out of tune a certain degree. But on a u-Bass, the intonation will be 1.7 times as bad for the same eighth-inch misplacement. I gave up on short-scale fretless.
     
  6. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Agree with Turnaround. I de-fretted a 30" short-scale bass once and it was really difficult to play. Learned my (expensive) lesson and re-fretted it.
     

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