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Fretless Precision Alternatives?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4-Banger, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. 4-Banger


    Jul 21, 2010
    I love fretless precisions. John Paul Jones turned me on to them on the song "In My Time of Dying" and since then I have fallen in love. The only thing is, Fender doesn't make a fretless p, only a jazz and a tony franklin. Are there any alternate companies anyone knows of that make fretless precision-style basses?
  2. buy a MiM P, get a fretless neck on Warmoth, if not ebay fretless Precision bass
  3. eots


    Dec 18, 2004
    Morris, IL.
    fretless precision is an oxymoron:eyebrow:
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  4. headstump


    Oct 27, 2010
    ^ yes it is. A righteous sounding one!
  5. RoboChrist

    RoboChrist Guest

    Jul 8, 2009
    Fender SHOULD make one.
  6. pandaman37

    pandaman37 Banned

    Sep 17, 2009
    Clovis, CA
    i saw unlined fretless precision in a music store in santa cruz, was the heaviest bass ive ever played, but also one of the greatest.
  7. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Lots of fretless 70s Ps out there.
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    +1... and resale is crappy.

    I bought a 1978 with a Basslines PU, no case, replacement PG, tuners and nut for just over $1000.

    IMO, the '70s fretless P's sound great and are fairly reasonably priced still.

    Nothing better than the original IMO.
  9. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    You could just make one, like I did. Just dont add the J pickup, and youll have a fretless P.
  10. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ

    I just got it back, after having Brian Lewis of Lewis Bass and Guitar epoxy this maple unlined Warmoth. There's a 3/32" layer of shiny, 9-1/2" radius, plastic on that fingerboard.

    He gave me all the project photos, which I'll be posting in Luthier's Corner. I'll edit this post with a link when I finish it.

    Here's the link to the project photo thread:
  11. JohnnyB53


    Nov 1, 2009
    You could always get a G&L SB-1 and specify fretless for little or no upcharge. I've seen a couple of USA SB-2 fretless go for about $600 shipped on eBay not too long ago.

    I own a G&L ASAT fretless and have played some of their others including an L2K fretless and a Climax, which is like an L-1500 with contoured neck heel. G&L makes fabulous fretless basses. I may watch for or order a fretless JB or JB-2 sometime.
  12. I bought a precision and put a fretless jazz bass neck ... Sweeet ... but i hate the ugly white lines ... now its a p bass special
  13. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench

    Warmoth makes a great fretless neck.

    However, if you want to save a few bucks, you can buy a Mighty Mite fretless P neck with an ebonol board for about $100. These are very nice -- it just depends on how you feel about ebonol. (I like it a lot).
  14. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    The Tony Franklin is a P. You just have to solo the P pup.
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  15. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Yes Tony Franklin is a very fine Pbass. The jazz pickup is something you will definitely want for fretless IMO!
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  16. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    They offer one w/ EBONY now :bassist:
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Set your wayback machine for 1972:
  18. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I have a '71 fretless P. It's very nice, though it is wearing a '69 fretted P-bass B neck at this time, as my fretless needs are filled by stealth Valenti #19. IMHO, the Tony Franklin is better than a vintage fretless P, as it does fretless P perfectly, and offers a broader tonal pallet.
  19. bassfunk329


    Jul 5, 2008
    Mighty mite has a fretless neck you slap on a body.

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