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Fretless w/o lines

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by relman, Jul 28, 2001.


  1. Does any brand make any of these at an affordable price (around 400)???
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Sure! Fender MIM...
     
  3. nope, it has fret lines.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Cort Artisan has no fretlines, and the 4 string version can be had under $400.
     
  5. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    If you're feeling adventurous, order a Carvin bolt-on bass kit and specify you want it w/o the fret lines. Should be under $400 and will be a fine bass when assembled.
     
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I played a Carlo Robelli at Sam Ash that was surprisingly nice. For $250 new. It had no markings, even side dots. IMO that's going a little too far in the other direction;)
     
  7. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Cort Curbow Fretless.
    I have one, plays great, sounds very good, and has no lines.

    Lines IMHO are not to be had on a Fretless, they sometimes make the fretboard a little uneven.

    The Cort Curbow sports an Ebonol Fingerboard wich wont wear.
     
  8. ha Richard Lindsey on this board whassup rlindsey it's deicidalsaint from the Carvin boards.
     
  9. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    a mim fender with black paint on the fretboard.
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Luis, I've heard this said before, and I don't get it.

    I own a Zon with lines, and I have played several basses with lines, and have never experienced unevenness on a lined fretless.
     
  11. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    That depends on the lines..
    Most of them are inlaid.
    Wood inlays tend to expand due to moisture and enviroment, so they could raise a little bit relative to the fretboard.

    I tried a Modulus Quantum 4 with fretlines and when I played over the lines I could feel a small rattle over it and then you can hear some "freline noise"
    This happens when you use low action on a fretless to get lots of mwha.

    It may not be present at first, and could be developed by time, because wood never stops moving.
    Now with an unlined fretboard , specially a Phenolic fretboard something like that will never happen.
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    My board is phenowood and has redwood lines.

    I have not had this happen in the several months that I have had the bass.
     
  13. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Whassup yourself, d? Glad you made it over here. This is a pretty cool place. I used to go to the Harmony Central Bass and Guitar Forums, but I can't stand that place anymore. This is better IMO.