Fretless Jazz GAS!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Greg Johnsen, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    well, yesterday I went into the guitar center with my friends family (he's a guitar player) and I decided that I didn't have anything to do it guitars, so I waltzed over to the bass section. After about 15 minutes of playing an American jazz, a stingray, and a Curbow (yum...but the pink finish ruined it for me..), I decided to pick up my first fretless. It was a standarj jazz, made in mexico fretless. and I absolutely loved it. I played it for over an hour until I saw a VINTAGE lined fretless in the room across from me. I set the standard down, and pick up the vintage. This thing was 3000 bucks, and looked like it got run over by a car, but it still played awesome.

    I might buy the fretless standard in the future, and Id probably replace the pickups, but maybe no, it played great already.

    So, all in all, I figured out that I'm in love with fretless basses.

  2. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    The 'vintage' you played... was it the Jaco Relic?
  3. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Sounds like it.
  4. Snarf

    Snarf Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The standards are great. I love mine to death.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hence why it looked like hell but played great.

    And 'i might replace the pickups, but maybe no, it played great already' , pickups dont affect how it plays, only how it Sounds, but im sure thats what you meant.
  6. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    lol, yah. My bad, I meant how it sounded, not played.

    And yes, it was a Jaco Relic, but the tag said vintage, and today I looked at it (I went back) and it said Vintage 4 string Jaco Fretless relic $3024

    I played them both again today, and still loved them. I played the MIA jazz as well (non fretless) and that thing was a beast! The S1 switch was great and I really liked it, so sometime in the future (probably next summer after I have a job) I'll get the MIA Jazz fretless w/ the s1 switch, complete awesomeness.

    I got in an argument about strings today with my teacher. I told him I wanted to put flats on my fretted 4 because I liked the feel and sound, and he said it was a bad idea because they wouldn't be bright sounding. I told him that I don't want them to be bright, I want them to be dark and warm. So I might buy them, probably rotosound flats for like $30, which will be pretty cool.

    Can't wait to go back and play the jazz's again, they are my favorite type of Fender, and 4 string bass.

  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Seriously look into the CIJ 62 Jazz Fretless. I did a review on it here on TB (The Review )

    Hands down the best Fender fretless (or Fender period) I have ever played and owned! And much cheaper then the Jaco Fretless and Jaco Relic mine from ($716 shipped)