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Fretted or Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by line6man, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Fretted only

    34 vote(s)
  2. Fretted and Fretless, but prefer Fretted

    78 vote(s)
  3. Fretted and Fretless, but prefer Fretless

    36 vote(s)
  4. Fretless only

    5 vote(s)
  1. Ok, this is very subjective, and its probably been covered a million times. but i am bored right now and i feel like posting something.

    Fretted or Fretless bass?
  2. hentor


    Jan 2, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Ummm.....whatever the song demands?!?
  3. TMacATK


    Jul 9, 2008
    Davis, CA
    Uhhhh....big +1 there. :meh:
  4. meh, this poll isnt "what do you play" its "what do you PREFER to play"
  5. fretless Bob

    fretless Bob If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

    Nov 27, 2005
    Harrow, London, U.K
    i agree with the above posts most definelely but i would rather play fretless on everything, but sometimes in louder drummer situations there is no point playing fretless as all the nuances are lost.

  6. tom5string


    Jul 14, 2006
    Really depends on the band, the songs ...
  7. In Absentia

    In Absentia

    Jul 5, 2008
    I like both, but I looove fretless bass.
  8. funkifiedsoul

    funkifiedsoul Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    You didn't create a catagory for fretted and fretless with a preference for neither!
    They take you to different worlds.( both of which I am happy to inhabit as often as possible.) So far, passion hasn't allowed me to 'choose'.
  9. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    Depends more on the bassist and his fingers than what or what kind of song or what band you guys. :scowl:

    Fretless isn't like a piano-string is to a hitman.
    For some of us it is a do-it-all in every situation in every genre. :smug:
  10. I've been playing a fretless jazz a lot more for the Motown instead of my usual P-bass.
  11. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    here it's fretted and fretless , but I prefer both.:D
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I play fretted most, but I love both, pretty much equally, two halfs of a whole IMO, theres things that sound better on frets, some on fretless.
  13. magickbass

    magickbass Guest

    May 24, 2008
    I don't own a fretless bass...YET. It's on my G.A.S. list.
  14. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    i love the sound and feel of a fretless and i have access to one (my brother's defretted p-bass built from a crappy saga kit that he left at home when he went off to college), but it's definitely not for everything. plus i have to pay lots of attention on a fretless or i run into trouble.
  15. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Fretted. Because I have only bee playing for a month.
  16. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    After playing a fretless for a while, a fretted feels like cheating, or like trying to play a 4-string if you're used to a 5-string. It feels like something is missing and holding you back expression-wise. That said, I certainly don't mind "leaning on" a fretted for certain types of music, or in live situations wherein, as fretless Bob said above, the nuances are inaudible anyway, the monitoring may not be very good, and it's overall not worth the trouble.
  17. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    I generally prefer fretless. The only things I'd absolutely rather have a fretted for would be slapping and tapping, neither of which I do very much of at all. It also makes learning classical stuff much easier, although I'd rather do that on a fretless as long as I can get the intonation right.

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