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Fretless Sixes

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

  1. ndthorpe1

    ndthorpe1 Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    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

    Gorn Supporting Member

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


    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Gaius46


    Dec 15, 2010


    I've had one for a year. True love.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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.