Hey all, I was at an open mic jam the other night, and was talking to a fellow bass player a bit. He was describing to me his main axe... and honestly, I don't even know what make it is, because I couldn't get over what he told me about it: it's only fretted up to the 12th! From 13 on he plucked out and filled in... and so when he's playing some higher register fills and stuff he says he gets some fretless "mwah", but he doesn't have to worry about intonation when he's just rockin out down low. Now, at first I thought that this was one of the coolest things I've heard. I couldn't wait to get a bass that I consider a "beater" that I could try this experiment on (or rather, get someone else to... I dont' want to get into defretting myself). But then I started thinking about the technical issues. Namely, string height. If I'm not mistaken, a lot of the fretless sound has to do with the string lightly buzzing against the fretboard. Thus, they tend to have a rather low action, no? But having half the board fretted would neccessitate a higher action over the fretless part than you would normally find. So would the end result simply be a part of the neck that sounds like the rest but your slides would be "smooth"? Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Or, even better, any actual experience with a bass built (or shall I say modified) like this? Oh, forgot to mention, he didn't actually have the bass at the jam, so I didn't get to see it in action. I got to see him play, though, and the dude was smokin'. He obviously knows his way around a bass, so I'm really stuck part way between incredulity and "damn, that's cool!".