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Freted vs. Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grunge, Jul 2, 2002.

  1. Fretted one, of course

    24 vote(s)
  2. Fretless, of course

    28 vote(s)
  3. I wouldn't play the bass anymore

    1 vote(s)
  4. Go, kill my-self

    4 vote(s)
  5. my coolio, custom-made doubleneck fretted/fretless

    3 vote(s)
  1. Grunge


    Jun 3, 2002
    I know that many of you have both but if you had to choose between them today?????Which one would you pick up????
  2. Since the mid '90s I've only played fretless. Can't really say why, but that's the way it is.

    I do mostly church music and the blues... my favorite artist is Tom Waits... maybe that explains it! :D


    Mar 3, 2001
    Ada, Ok
    I love the sound of fretless basses, but if i had to choose, give me frets!give me frets!
  4. Fretless if I had to choose. I can get the same note definition as if I had frets, but there are just things you can not do on a fretted bass that you can on fretless.

    Hey Jon, Tom Waits is a fav of mine as well! I love the two new ones but especially Blood Money.

  5. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains

  6. VS


    Jun 6, 2002
    Mountain City, Tennessee
    Discounted Gear: Peavey
    I'd have to cast my vote on fretless also. There is quite a noticable difference in playability and tone to me. -Luke
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    fretless, because I need to practice my intonation.
  8. Me no need speed bumps!

  9. Depends. I personally think I need both. Just to sit down and jam for a bit, I love workin g on the fretless. Now, if I want to play some in a band with my buddies, my fretless just doesn't work as well in most cases. All in all, if I had to have just one, I think I might go for the fretted.
  10. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I think I would have to say fretless. I think frets would look silly on my Englehardt.

  11. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
  12. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    As much as I LOVE playing fretless... if you had to take one of my basses away from me, I'd say take the Carvin. What I do most in music nowadays is writing and playing with my band, and so far the fretless hasn't found a place in it. It's just there for my own personal practices.

    But damn, it's fun to play. If I only sucked a little less...
  13. Of course I would prefer to play both, but If I had to choose one, I'd say you can't beat the sound of a really nice fretless. I still have to get one of those. My fretless Gibson Victory Standard, (athough it has a nice warm sound) just doesn't have the mwah I need.
  14. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Can't/won't choose. Need both.
  15. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    I played nothing but fretless from around '72 until '98, though I seldom set up my fretless for low action mwah. As a double bassist first, I just felt more comfortable with a fretless neck. I have recordings of my rock trio from the 70's, and you can't tell the bass is a fretless bass.

    While I've acquired, play, and enjoy fretted basses these days, in addition to fretless, if I had to make a choice it would undoubtedly be fretless.
  16. Amen to that!

  17. aqatc


    Jul 4, 2002
    USA, Milpitas, CA
    :confused: I've never owned or even seen a fretless bass, but I'd like to. Do they even have lines painted where the frets would be? Anyway, I think with fretless you couldn't play as exact, but you could play with more soul than being cloed in by frets. I also play trombone for band at my high school, so I understand why fretlesss better.
  18. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Denver, CO

    Although I've been thinking about giving fretless another try... just can't decide on a 4 or 5 ... if I do.. it will be a MTD Kingston
  19. I see from the new option in the poll, John-boy's been around!

  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yep! And here's a pic of what I would be forced to own.;)


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