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Fretless Sixes

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ndthorpe1, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. I've been thinking about getting a fretless six string bass to play around on, but I have pretty specific needs if I'm gonna dish out the money. My budget is about 1300, and these are the requirements.

    -I have small hands so I'd need a 34' scale
    -Has to be at least a six string
    -Good quality, I don't want anything cheap
    -Deep Cutaway, I like the upper frets

    I've heard used Carvins are good, but where would I get one?

    Any tips/suggestions?
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Check here for Carvins. There's no fretless sixers right now, but they often pop up.
  3. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    Warwick Corvette Bolt-on..

    - Pro Series - Korean made.

    You can pick up a used German model for $1k or less.
  4. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    I have a Carvin 6: plays, looks, and sounds great.

    Bear in mind the jack can go, I'm waiting for a replacement one for mine.
  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Used Carvin 6ers are great buys! But most use "barrel" jacks which are not known for reliability. There is no ultra-reliable brand of barrel jack you can buy. so just order a couple ahead of time and keep them in your bass case.
  6. Gaius46


    Dec 15, 2010


    I've had one for a year. True love.
  7. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    I play a six string fretless that has a 16mm spacing at the bridge and a 34 inch scale. It was made by Chris Murphy of Boulder CO in the mid 1990's. It is similar to a neck through Warwick in construction. I still love to play it!

    Just keep looking! You may find a reasonably priced hand made bass by a not so famous maker for a price you can afford. I know of a fiver that's for sale in Boulder made by Dave Enke.
  8. Squinty Jones

    Squinty Jones Bravely eating @ MacDonald's Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    I saw this lately... Maybe on the high side for the price but, it looks clean!


    These guys can have some great tone! There's a 4, 5, and 6 string version...

    Google Enke Basses... SWEET!!
  9. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Please explain. If you want a 6er that plays and sounds well, I have a suggestion, but it is way under your budget and I don't know what you mean by "cheap" other than your budget.