Fret marker on first fret

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kevjmyers, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. Kevjmyers


    Dec 10, 2004
    Boulder. CO
    I have always had a bass where the markers started on the 3rd fret. Anyway, I'm considering purchasing a Geddy Lee Jazz bass where of course there is a fret marker on the first fret. Have any of you experienced any sort of fretboard shock making the transition? I know that after a while I will get used to the new marker, but after so many years without it on the first fret I wonder if there will be any initial difference. It's just that once you get used to something so long, any subtle difference is enormous (for me anyway).
  2. jvbjr


    Jan 8, 2005
    It actually makes more sense since it mimics the 12th fret better, its a non-issue IMO and I doubt Geddy needs it either.
  3. phatcactus


    Apr 2, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Whoa, weird. You'd think if they insist on doing the first, they'd have the common sense to do the 13th as well.

    Now I'm freakin' out...
  4. Kevjmyers


    Dec 10, 2004
    Boulder. CO
    Strange isn't it...?

    LOL! I'm sure Geddy made the transition nicely. :smug:
  5. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    I don't think you'll notice any difference at all. My kubicki has no face dots and I have no problem with it, then theres uprights with no dots at all, and those don't take much adapting to either. You should be fine, and plus the geddy is a whicked bass. :smug:
  6. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    This usually the case with block inlays, as it just looks much better (more symmetrical and evenly spaced).
  7. uglycicles

    uglycicles Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Southwest Chicago
    I've had mine for about a month and no problems straight out of the gate...
  8. 00soul


    Jan 4, 2005
    seal beach, ca
    its painted right? if it bothers you you could just sand it off
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have basses with no inlays, a Geddy Lee, a bass with blocks and no inlay on the first fret, and basses with dots in both configuration.

    None of them bother me.

    Just play it.
  10. apollo11


    Aug 19, 2004
    New York
    I just sold my Geddy after two years, and I never noticed until you mention it. Heck, I use the top markers, anyway.

  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    You should look at the side dots instead of the top dots. Less neck strain. :p
  12. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    The side dots matter more than the fretboard markers.

    No, there's no adjustment needed at all.
  13. swampash


    Dec 13, 2004
    hmmmmm..meditate on this i will ...... :D
  14. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I played a Geddy almost every monday for just under a year, and it never even dawned on me that there was a marker at the first fret. Is there actually a dot there, or is just the face markers?
  15. Kevjmyers


    Dec 10, 2004
    Boulder. CO
    Thanks everybody! The streamlined neck and the double truss rods are just too appealing and I seriously doubt I'll care about the first fret marker. True the side dots are more important. Still why not the other marker on the thirteenth fret?
  16. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Double truss rods...on a geddy?
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Super-skinny neck.
  18. Kevjmyers


    Dec 10, 2004
    Boulder. CO mistake. I was thinking about another bass and the Geddy at the same time. The stock Badass is what I was referring to.