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Fretless basses Which to choose?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Primus=cool, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Primus=cool


    Mar 19, 2004
    I have been searching for a fretless bass right for men and now I need some input, Companies I have been thinking about Are, Carl Thompson, Roscoe and I like Modulus also, Any others you like? Post, Your thoughts on companies above Post?
  2. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Amazon Product Designer

  3. I've heard Roscoe's have a great fretless tone. Modulus do as well. Little different though.

    Have you thought of F Bass?
  4. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    How about:
    Ken Lawrence Chamberbass

    Dan K.
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Don't plan on getting a Thompson unless you know where a used one is.
  6. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    If you're into CT basses, then you'll probably dig DHuff, Eshenbaugh, and Browne basses. Ritter makes similar-looking basses too. I'm still waiting on my first DHuffs and have a Browne on the way to try out...so I can't offer any first-hand critiques of their instruments yet. They are great guys, though, and I'm expecting a LOT out of their instruments once they finally arrive in a couple of weeks. I HAVE had experience with Eshenbaugh basses, though, but keep in mind that I'm also a dealer for Mark. While I don't think that this fact has an impact on whether I would recommend a bass or not, there are those who do feel this way, so just keep that in mind.

    Otherwise, there are a LOT of great builders out there who make pheeeeenom fretless basses. Give us a better idea of the tone you're going for and the types of basses you like and don't like...that will help your fellow TBers make more informed and accurate recommendations.
  7. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    All in one word:

    ROSCOE :hyper:
  8. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    i have had great experiences with F bass, Roscoe and Zon- also Pedulla makes a nice fretless, i played a fretles Alembic Trip Wamsley owns and it was killer-- and that Nordstrand 4 banger was great as well..
  9. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Although there are many great choices, I'll put my bid in for Roscoe. Keith Roscoe is really known for his fretless basses.
  10. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    I second/third/fourth the Roscoe fretless. I have an LG-3005 with a Spanish Cedar body and a diamondwood fingerboard. Shortly after I got it, I sold off all my other fretless basses (except for one, that I use exclusively in the studio). This Roscoe is absolutely the best fretless bass I've ever played, and I've had a hundred of 'em (well, plus or minus ten), including Alembics, Smiths, F's, Zon's, MusicMan's, and yes, even Fenders. The very first bass I ever owned was a Dan Armstrong short scale fretless with a Lucite body, that's the one I learned on. Anyway, after I got the Roscoe, all the others seemed superfluous. They were just lying around, and never got played anymore. Every time I pick up the Roscoe, I don't want to put it down. It's miles ahead of the rest of the pack. That diamondwood is a superb playing surface, it's punchy and precise, and it has mwah for days. Did I mention that I'm totally in love with my Roscoe? :)
  11. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Sooo...ya' like those Roscoes, do ya'? :D I can't say anything bad about any Roscoe I've come across yet, and have really enjoyed working with Keith. Great guy, great basses! :smug:
  12. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003
    Easy...Zon. And go with the special pickups/electronics. Enhanced low-mids are always good for fretless.

  13. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Zon is good !
    Great tone for a fretless. Very even and growly tone (especially the Special). Nice tight B. Great feel.
  14. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    true dat on the Zons!!
  15. adrian, you're gonna let me borrow the zon so i can see if i like it, right? right? ;)

    i saw a local pittsburgh band a few years ago, and the bass player had a fretted zon... the only thing i remember about that show was his tone! monstrous. still like to get my hands on a roscoe fretless. :bawl:
  16. If I wasn't getting a Benavente... a fretless Ritter would be my first look (Zon and MTD close behind)

    although I've always had mild Pedulla fretless GAS since about 1990 :cool:
  17. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Just ordered a fretless Elite 6 Smith....So you know my answer.;-)
  18. enbee


    May 10, 2003
    I have a rob allen mb-2 and its an amazing bass.
  19. i like tictacs

    i like tictacs

    Feb 2, 2004

  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Another vote for Zon. My Zon fretless is the best sounding I have ever played.

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