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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Discrepancy, Jan 21, 2001.
Er, why do fretless guitars cost more. They don't have frets, they should cost less shouldn't they?
Some cost more, some cost less depending on the Manufacturer. I totally agree with the logic of your thinking...Less work needed, fewer production steps, therefore lower cost. For some reason, it doesn't always work that way. Fretless basses tend to be more of a specialty item, so the price markup may be a way to balance carrying costs if the thing doesn't sell right away. It does cost the retailer to keep that thing on his shelf!
just a thought...
Because it takes more work to make a good fretles neck than a fretted one. You have to make it perfectly level, with smaller margins of error. A fretted neck, by contrast while also needing a flat surface, doesn't require as much attention (although a lot of attention is necessary).
Notice also the wood. The quality of the wood on a fretless neck is generally better than that on a fretted one If rosewood were a good wood for fretless, Jaco wouldn't have epoxied his bass neck. Then there's the matter of availability. There is always less wood that's good enough for a fretless neck than for a fretted one, so it's also supply and demand.