Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jtd125, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. jtd125


    Mar 16, 2002
    Agoura Hillis, CA
    I wanted to know what would be the best fretless bass for under $400. Should i go with the MIM jazz or another bass.
  2. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    there are many other choices.

    i did the MIM Jazz fretless thing. spent some $$$ on upgrading it.

    only to feel it STILL didn't satisfy.

    i recently bought and sold an MTD Kingston 5 fretless.

    one of THE nicest asian made basses i've ever played.

    highly recommended.

  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Yamaha's RBX270F can be had for $300USD or less.
    (I've got one on order :) ). The RBX series is very
    comfortable (IME) with a fast neck (IME).

    I (briefly) had a MIM Jazz fretless. I slapped-on a new
    bridge and a new pup and sold it to another TB'r.

    I'll probably get horse-whipped, but I've never really
    liked Fenders :eek:.

    Your best bet is to try as many as you can get your hands
    on. There are lots of great "used" deals on eBay as well.
    (sorry flodshon ;) ).

    What's important is what feels and sounds best to YOU :D
  4. 1964


    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    MIM J FL is a fine bass for the money! The MIMs in the last year or so have also taken another step up in quality.
  5. A few years back, Bass Player reviewed a number of budget fretlesses. They were quite fond of the MIM Jazz (said it was an excellent choice for doublers), and the Yamaha BB-series fretless (can't recall exact model name right now). If you want to, I could try scanning the article for you. PM me.
  6. You can usually find used fretless MIJ Jazz Basses for sale on Harmony-Central or Bassgear for $300 - $400. Prefer the unlined board on the MIJ's plus the pickups are better.
  7. ram936


    May 29, 2002
    Massillon, Ohio
    I bought a MIM fretless Jazz this past summer and am very pleased with it. My experience with other brands of fretless basses is limited, though, so I'm not saying I bought the best bass for your price range. I paid about $380 for it new.
  8. jtd125


    Mar 16, 2002
    Agoura Hillis, CA
    What would be any good used fretless in the $400 range?
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    The Dean Edge fretless can be had new at that price. I am extremely happy with my Dean Edge 5 string which I got new at a shop for about $450 a few years ago. I'm sure a 4 string would be much less expensive at - highly recommended.

    Check also the many Essex and Brice basses at there are some very interesting basses there including a maple necked P bass fretless that I can't seem to get out of my mind..... Must.... resist...... :)