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For people who own and play fretted and fretless basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassyBill, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Probably less than 10%

  2. Somewhere between 10 and 25%

  3. Somewhere between 25 and 50%

  4. Somewhere between 50 and 75%

  5. Somewhere between 75 and 90%

  6. More than 90%

  1. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Roughly how much of your playing time (practice/rehearsals/gigs/recording - whatever) gets spent on fretless?

    Just curious is all. Please vote if you play both on anything like a regular basis.

    NOTE - it's a public poll. Feel free to add comments, of course.
  2. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I go back and forth about half and half. The last couple of times I played out, I played one set with fretted and one fretless.

    I like to practice about half and half because I think each one brings out different weaknesses that I need to work on.
  3. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Besides, I assembled my own fretless and I love the way it looks, feels, and sounds, and I like to show it off. :D

  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    ^^^ That's a real beauty!
  5. jay tay

    jay tay

    Aug 12, 2009
    Manchester UK

    As you can see, I only have the one fretted bass, it's only pulled out for the occasional song.
  6. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    99.999% on the fretless lately. I've found that I don't care for fretted basses any more.
  7. Gaius46


    Dec 15, 2010
    About 95% fretless. I virtually never practice with my fretted basses and at gigs only use them for songs that absolutely require a fretted bass.
  8. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    I pretty much alternate practicing fretless and fretted every other day, some days focusing more on my fretless because its a 6er.
  9. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    It depends. I chose 25 - 50. There was a time where I was 100% fretless for months, but I have re-designed my goals into roughly a three-year plan. This put fretless playing off until about the halfway point of the plan, but at that point it will be about 100% again. I will pick it up occasionally before then just to keep my chops decent and for the odd song, but that's it.
  10. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I own a fretted bass but never play it (craigslist).
    No 100%?
  11. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    My fretless hasn't seen daylight in ages. For nearly a year, it was the only bass I played. I would sometimes slide up to notes EXCESSIVELY, in all the wrong places, just to piss off a certain guitarist. Don't worry, he deserved it. He was one of those "I swing my hips to the dive of the whammy bar" type guys.
  12. In my current main project (Blues/rock), it would be in the 10-25% range. On my other, part time project (Jazz/Gypsy), it's the 75-90% range
  13. Wow!, that is one fine looking instrument. Very classy.
  14. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I've done more gigs on fretted, but probably play them equal amounts.
  15. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I probably play fretless less than 20% these days.

    Need to up it, really.
  16. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    It depends on the group I'm playing with, and the material being performed. Here are pics of the fretless basses I've owned (still have the Godin):




    One interesting side effect of playing fretless is that I no longer have fretted basses with "medium jumbo" frets. All three of them have small guitar frets.
  17. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Dang! That Godin is lovely!
  18. including double bass my fretless work is around 75%. I use a fretless P w/flats and a Turner Renaissance RB-4 fretless.

    That said, there are times when that ker-thunk and ke-rang of a fretted J with roundwounds are what the doctor ordered, though I don't go for the Marcus Miller or Chris Squire sound so much, more the Berry Oakley to JPJ range of things.
  19. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Upright: 75%
    Fretless: 20%
    Fretted: 5% (even that's a bit generous)

    I'm mostly playing with my college's concert band (upright) and jazz ensemble (mix of upright and fretless) these days. I dust of my fretted bass once in a while to play along with CDs, but that's about it.
  20. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    Right now, less than 10% because my only fretless is in dire need of a proper set up and neck refurbishment.

    It's a Peavey Grind that had a ghetto defret job; I bought it for the intention to learn fretless, and while it does that job just fine, its action is WAY too high and the neck is screwed up from sitting in the previous owner's closet for 5 years.