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Fretless 6 Recomendations.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luis Fabara, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I have cured part of my G.A.S. so far...

    But know.. looking at my arsenal I feel something is missing.
    (Well, a Jazz Bass, a P Bass, a Yamaha Nathan East 5 String... the list is long) But actually what I have in my mind now is a Fretless, and whats better.. a Fretless 6.

    Does anyone here have tried the Brice Z Fretless? Is it good?

    I want something solid with LOTS of MWAH , but my budget can go up to $800 max.
     
  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I own the predecessor, the V2 fretless, and I absolutely love it and recommend the Brice imports from Rondo.
     
  3. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I had a Z6 neckthrough for a while .... nicely built bass, great sound, tons of punch and pretty-looking, too (I had the natural finish), but it was fretted. Can't really comment on how the fretless sounds, but all the components of the bass are identical except for the frets/no frets.

    While it didn't matter to me since I leave my action set at a medium height, some players have found it hard to dial the action down low, and I can see where that would be a problem. The bridge (individual saddle tuners), while functional, is one of the areas where they cheaped out on the bass.

    Here's a closer pic of the bridge ....

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    I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if the need ever arose ....... :cool:
     
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Hard to lower the action because of the rail bridge? Or bacause of lack of neck tilt b/c its trough the body?
     
  5. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    The bridge on the neck through Z does not provide a lot of height adjustment, just a lousy design. Like I said, the bridge is functional but cheaply made. Also, it was a real drag setting the bass up at first. It took a fairly long time to get the intonation set properly, and due to the bridge design, everytime a string was properly intonated it would require a height adjustment which in turn would affect the intonation, and so on and so on.

    Once it was properly set up, it held up extremely well, but getting to that point was pretty frustrating. And I have reasonably good experience with setting up basses ..... Just be prepared to spend some time working on it when you first get it. I don't mean to sound so negative about this bass, it's just that the bridge is the weak link in an otherwise very nicely made instrument. If I had kept it I would have eventually switched out the bridge ....... :cool:
     
  6. Im gonna recomend the Carvin as well, you can def. find a used one for 800 or less and it'll be a quality instrument with plenty of mwah.
     
  7. Second hand Warwick Corvette fretless? If you're lucky enough to find one.
     
  8. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    Roscoe!!!!
     

  9. Roscoe! If you want to spend between 1000-2000...for a used.

    If you want just to try - Get the Fretless Brice neck-thru - but only if you like a 35 scale. It's starting to kill my hand (getting old I guess).

    Carvins are nice, but the choice is either a 34 (anything with a 34 has a floppy B - even the Brice V2, which I also have) or 35 1/2" in scale.

    IMHO - fretless is a choice animal - you gotta play em, since it's all in the feel and finger placement (frets are so forgiving).

    :p
     
  10. SharkB8

    SharkB8

    May 29, 2002
    NorCal
    These are pretty hard to come by in this price range (I haven't seen any in recent memory)....although I'd be interested if anyone out there has a line on one!
     
  11. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I normally play 35" basses, my mOd and Lakkie have that scale. No issues thre.

    Not all 34" have floppy B´s , its all a matter of construction.
    I would love to tryout some fretless, but sadly, I have to buy online and rely on luck mostly to get the basses I want.

    The only basses I have or had, and tried before buying were the Ibanez ATK300 and the Lakland 55-02 (And I didnt even try mine , but my Uncles. I still had to order mine to the U.S.)
    All the rest.... Online Luck!

    So, believe me, talkbass has served me regarding my choices.
    And I hope this can get as informative as possible.
     
  12. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    THe brice 6 string fretless has fretlines?? or dots??

    I dont see any picture of those in fretless
     
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    They've made both in the past, sometimes different runs of the same bass had different fretless neck styles!