Fretted Upright?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Sathington, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. Sathington


    Oct 29, 2003
    :eek: I was searching on ebay and came across this one-of-a-kind rare bass. I knew there had to be a fretted DB somewhere in the world - and now I'm finally seeing one. You can't really even tell by the pictures, but you should check this out. That's a great price for such a nice bass. It has a beautiful finnish. I don't think I'd ever want a fretted upright, though. You lose that nice fretless buzz.
  2. Gabe


    Jan 21, 2003
    Whoever did that deserves to share a cell with Micheal Jackson...
  3. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maybe Mike P. can build a whammy bar into it.
  4. Sathington


    Oct 29, 2003
    So yeah - I emailed the guy and he informed me that he played it side-ways with a strap on it. He also told me that he played it with a pick, and when I asked him if he ever played it arco he asked me what that meant. :smug:
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    actually, there is a precedent - many viols had moveable frets, like viola de gambas. they also had sometimes as many as 7 strings. ahem. :D
  6. Sathington


    Oct 29, 2003
    Heh - wonder why that didn't catch on :rolleyes: ...