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Fretted Bass for Jazz?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I have lately been trying to find a guitarist and drummer for a jazz trio. The only bass I have is an Ibanez Soundgear Premium 1200e, which I am planning to string with Pyramid flats (currently strung with Rotosound flats). Once I put the Pyramids on,would this setup work okay for free jazz/smooth jazz?
  2. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I would consider free jazz and smooth jazz to be about as different as night and day, but you can use a fretted bass for jazz, sure.
  3. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Almost everyone around here plays a fretted bass for jazz. It's fine. You may want to explore your technique a bit but even in a "standards" setting you can get away with it.

    If I had a fretless (I want to get one again) I'd use it but I haven't lost a gig because I currently play a fretted bass. It's more about HOW you play than what you play - or it should be anyway.
  4. Asher S

    Asher S

    Jan 31, 2008
  5. Frohman


    Nov 24, 2009
    I use a Fender P with Roto Rounds .110. I just turn the tone all the way down, and it sounds very much like a DB.