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Fretless for metal???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fingerpickingood, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. Fingerpickingood


    Oct 30, 2014
    While at GC today, I had the opportunity to play a very nice G&L fretless fiver. I had no previous experience with a fretless. I thought it sounded wonderful, with a nice growl, particularly when colored with a touch of overdrive. I know of one player using a fretless for technical death metal (Dominic LaPointe)... Well, two actually. His successor in his old band is required to use the same. I can't help but think that the wonderful growl and amazing sustain might serve me well in my sludge band. (Drop B, but I transpose in B standard). Am I crazy? Is this sacrilege? Will the ghost of Jaco rise to exact a bloody revenge???
  2. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I do it all the time. There's not a single reason to not.
  3. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Jaco used overdrive quite often.
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  4. Fingerpickingood


    Oct 30, 2014
    Yes, he certainly did! I would like to think he would be all for breaking away from the norm!
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  5. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    I wouldn't but i guess one could ...
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  6. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist

    Feb 8, 2013
    Jaco doesn't own the copyright for fretless and his ghost would probably be very happy for you, I say do it if the bass was talking to you...you touched it and felt something so you know that it would turn out right! It felt right for me.....
    Spector NS4 fretless3.JPG
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  7. Planespotter


    Oct 11, 2015
    Fretless for metal and people bring up Jaco and not Steve DiGiorgio?
  8. Fingerpickingood


    Oct 30, 2014
    Steve DiGiorgio has been playing fretless exclusively since the 80s, if I'm not mistaken. There are a few here and there.
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  9. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Don't forget about Tony Franklin! He is a monster of the fretless.
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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Same drummer I think (with longer hair) but a different 6 string fretless bass player?
  11. That's their old bassist on Anticosmic, both him and the lead guitar player quit/got fired. The new bassist on Akroasis plays both 6 and 7 string fretless.

    Edit: The lead guitarist got fired right after their newest album "Akroasis" was done getting mastered. The new dude got quite a bit of heat from him for "playing his solos wrong".
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  12. colantalas


    Mar 26, 2014
    Check out Joe Lester from Intronaut for another great metal fretless bassist. He's up there with LaPointe and DiGiorgio in my opinion.
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  13. Fingerpickingood


    Oct 30, 2014
    Joe Lester is KILLER!!!
  14. 8liter


    Apr 30, 2009
    Sean Malone

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  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    The new guys sound good - but I really liked their original bass player. That vid (Anticosmis) really knocked me out - especially the intense drummer and bass player.
  16. kkaarrll


    Jun 1, 2014
    fretless for everything.......
  17. I was at bass central and they had this beautiful fretless P with a Jazz pickup....

    I want it.
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  18. CORBS


    Dec 28, 2010
    I saw a local band play with a fretless Corvette 4 string BEAD and they were really heavy, and very good. Sort of like Avenged Sevenfold meets Down, and the bass worked. It was through a SVT-4 and accompanying fridge.
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  19. Sean malone. His playing on the cynic album "focus" is tremendous
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