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Fretless Piccolo???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by YCBass, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. YCBass

    YCBass Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    I've been GAS'in bad for a fretless, but I've also been listening to a ton Stanley and the new SMV record lately so I thought to myself, "Can I do both?"

    Has anyone tried this? How does it sound? I know it's possible since we've seen fretless 6's that have a .28-.32 (or whatever) high C string.

    I think it would be cool as a "solo" instrument, if it's even still a bass.
  2. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    can't think of why it wouldn't, and it sounds pretty bitchin'
  3. brivello


    Jun 27, 2008
    Some of the advantages of a piccolo bass, like being able to play chord melodies and such in a good register, will be much more difficult on a fretless. keep that in mind.
  5. cmewhinney


    Jul 11, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Michael Manring's Hyperbass has piccolo strings on it even though he tunes them differently a lot of the time.
  6. YCBass

    YCBass Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    OH MAN!!!!!!!!

    I'm doing it! If only to be able to play half the stuff I heard.

    Thanks for that!
  7. slamzilla

    slamzilla Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Jeff kicks ass.
    Check out his album. There is some great stuff on it.
  8. dakpluto


    Oct 14, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Is he playing...upside down on the strings?
  9. slamzilla

    slamzilla Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
  10. I could not make the high F on my fretless 7 work like I wanted/envisioned. I'm sure it was 99.9999% my spotty technique but IME the mwah is hard to get above the G string; I'm thinking there's a point where the lesser mass of a C or F string makes it more difficult to do the fretless thing well.
    I replaced the 7 w/a 6 & like it much better.
    Of course Jeff Schmidt could get great fretless tone from a rotten-balsa(the new spalt;))Wish bass on fire. With both arms removed. :cool:
    Oh & BTW, I can't chord for crepe on my 6 either. :atoz:
  11. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    Conversely, it wasn't until I played a fretless 7-string that I was convinced of the validity of ERB's. The high F on the fretless Conklin I played had amazing mwah...though, due to its register, it sounded more like a sitar than a bass.

    To the OP: I have always thought a fretless piccolo bass -- especially something bright & clean like a Pedulla Buzz -- would be a killer voice for melodies.
  12. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    hmmmm.now I'm thinking of going pic with my Smiths
  13. Kinda depends on the scale length and tuning. I've been working with Cliff Bordwell and we're gonna shoot for a 33" scale fretless 7 AND I'll be tuning to E instead of F so I can use a thicker string to avoid anemic and sitar sounds.

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