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fretless bass for metal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ajak, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Ajak


    Mar 31, 2012
    Bern, Switzerland
    I just found this picture (can't download it:confused:), which made me curious: does anybody here use a fretless for metal? How come?
  2. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    I'm gonna go with ....revenge.

    Seriously though , they're ubiquitous ,everywhere, no sense even trying to fight it.

    There's a beautiful place between a finished note and the next note that only a fretless
    can get , it's like a reverse vortex ruled over by Chairman Mwa .
  3. Some bands I listen who have fretless players:
    Spawn of Possesion (Some songs)
    Beyond Creation

    These guys usually never follow along with the guitars.
  4. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    It's noT the most popular choice among bassist of that genre, but that doesn't make it a bad idea completely.
    I would imagine that there'd be some tonal properties of a fretless to get around as it's difficult to get an aggressive tone without frets.
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Steve Digiorgio. So yeah, fretless bass has been around since the early days of extreme metal.
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  6. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    Check out Jeroen Thesseling and his fretless Warwick Thumb 7-string. Prepare to change your shorts.
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  7. Even with Steve DiGorgio, it's very difficult to hear the specific sonic nuances of a fretless in metal. I'd like to think I have an ear for fretless, but the only time I can tell that he's using a fretless is when the rest of the band isn't playing at that time.
  8. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Cheers for the heads up. My favourite shorts too :bawl: LOL!
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  9. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI

    He's definitely one of my favorites. His intonation is perfect and his usage of legato and glissando is very tasteful, especially on Cosmogenesis. OP, check this one out:

  10. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Seems like fretless works best in prog-metal, but that's not to say that's the only subgenre it can fit with. Obscura (mentioned above) is a good example of it working well in death metal.

    I plan on using my fretless for stoner/doom, whenever my friend's current bassist leaves the band.
  11. Tony Franklin signature fretless. He stretches the normal/conventional use of a fretless and has some youtube clips to demonstrate.
  12. Tony Franklin isn't what most modern folks would consider metal. Many of us "back in the day" metalheads would. :smug: I miss Blue Murder. Still, that style of metal had a little room in the mid frequencies to allow a fretless to shine a lot better.
  13. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I do it in grindcore!
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  14. Sean Malone
    Steve DiGiorgio (awesome!)
    Johan DeFarfalla
    Linus Klausenitzer

    Paco Jas-toys'r'us
  15. cjmodulus


    Jul 15, 2010
    Check out Joe Lester of Intronaut. Very tasty fretless bass lines in their music.
  16. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    Absolutely not...no one has ever done it!

    Ya...Im joking.
  17. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Exivious also has a fretless player, and overall a very unorthodox jazzy approach. Take a listen:

  18. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Let me add Spiral Architect to the growing list.

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  19. Sketchy


    Jul 15, 2010
    Bristol, UK
    There's one song on Opeth's Still Life album that has a fretless and the drums are being played with brushes too... And the song still gets heavy. So, you know, it can work.
  20. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If you count Rush as metal, then you can't forget Malignant Narcissism. If you don't count Rush as metal, then you are wrong (excluding their Signals to Roll the Bones stuff).

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