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fretted/fretless.... can't decide!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metalfunkjazz, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. metalfunkjazz


    Jun 10, 2009
    So I've been really interested in fretless basses recently. I went to the GC last weekend. There is usually this Stingray that I play, and I really like it. I'm thinking of getting it. I saw a Warwick Corvette Fretless on the wall, and I thought I'd give it a go. I plugged it in, and it sounded better than any fretted bass i've played! I think I've found my sound. So here's the thing: I was thinking of getting a new bass anyways (my second bass). The Stingray is $1,364, and the Warwick is about $1,200. I REALLY want the Warwick, but I'm afraid that I'll have a hard time transitioning because.... well, theres NO FRETS! So my question is, should I take my chances for the Wick and hope I can play without getting all the notes wrong, or should I cave and get the Ray? :help::confused::help::confused:
  2. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    "and it sounded better than any fretted bass i've played!"

    i think that is your answer
  3. bite the bullet and skip the fence!!


  4. 1dgbass


    Jul 24, 2009
    Staten Island
    Try to get some more advice from fellow bass players you know. Personally, I have the same problem. A fretless is like a whole new intsrument. Try playing your current bass without viewing the fretboard while playing and just feel it, if you know what I mean.
    If you can play with looking you probably can get the warwick. Personally I like the slides on the warwick the best, so clean and smooth. The transistion to the warwick might be tough no matter what, but it's always good to be versitile. Hope this helps.
  5. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    It's really not hard at all to play fretless , especially with the position dots the Corvette Fretless has, IIRC. Just pay attention, it's worth sacrificing a little stage presence for a gig or two because you have to look at where your fingers are, but it'll come to you quickly, especially if you make sure to look away from the fingerboard while you practice.
  6. Anonymatt


    Jan 3, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    What are you thinking? Get the fretless. Only a dope would be really close to finding some new cool thing in his life but then throwing away the opportunity and, instead, just buys another toy. Fretted basses can be neat and everything, but fretless basses are totally sweet. It's totally easy to play one, and nobody ever gives you any crap or calls you out like "Hey Jaco!" or anything like that. I promise.
  7. if the the fretless is round about the same scale and string space as your current fretted bass .. things are gonna be LOTS easier to get started...

  8. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Fretted bass = finger behind fret
    Fretless = finger where fret would be
    Not the same. It's a relearning process any way you cut the cake.
  9. bassplayer7768521


    Jun 30, 2009
    If you think you found your sound, what are you waiting for? :] You sound pretty excited. I'd say go for the fretless, not because I play one (because I don't) but it sounds like you would really enjoy it by the way you explained the situation.
  10. RLT


    Jul 10, 2004
    South Central OH
    You have answered the question. Get it and play it. More you play the less chance of mistakes.
  11. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    +1. Practice excessively, with a new bass, you'll love it!
  12. metalfunkjazz


    Jun 10, 2009
    Well, I play mostly stuff like RATM, Weather Report, Primus, System of a down, etc. I didn't really play any rock or metal on it, and I'm wondering how fretlesses hold up with metal. I don't play metal that frequently though, so it won't be such a huge deal to me....
  13. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    I play mostly metal and when playing metal I play fretless (almost) exclusively.

    If you say you have found a fretless with a great sound... that's the important thing.

    Don't lay awake to much on the subject of fretless versus music styles.

    You just have to consider it another instrument you want to learn to play.
    If you want to learn fretless, you're halfway there.

    IME experience, fretless sits in in every style of music. (Except maybe punk or something :))

    I think I have the opossite problem you have. Finding a fretted bass that I like.
    Because I want to keep fretted bass up to.
    Because I play fretless bass so much, I have a hard time adjusting to a fretted bass when I pick it up.

    I think I found a fretted bass that I am satisfied with, for other means than my #1 band.
    A Squier Classic Vibe 50s precision bass. That bass is awesome for the occasional "normal" rock gigs that I do.

    If I were a mainly fretted player, that Squier has a big chance of becoming my main bass.

  14. Indeed, however I still find it easier to have more or less same string space and same scale length on fretted and fretless basses, if you play fretted a lot and then go back to your fretless again, it's less of a change.