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How to get most mwah out of fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by him666, Jul 22, 2005.


  1. SInce today i got a fretless six string. Now i have a couple of question. Im a very beginner on fretless. Do you have some advice how i can get the most mwah out of my bass? Like strings etc..

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    I'm using DR Sunbeams, but I could use some more Mwah myself. This is easily the most common question about fretless basses.
     
  3. xring

    xring

    Sep 16, 2003
    Ohio
    Round wounds, low action, favor the bridge PU, finger the strings near the bottom of the neck to induce the largest vibration.
    Randy
     
  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    +1. And practise :) Especially left hand technique (if you're right-handed).
     
  5. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    what type of bass you have,not all fretless have good mwah or crying wood as i call this sound....lol :D
     
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Exactly!


     
  7. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    +1 :)
     
  8. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    I have played alot of different fretless basses and my experience is that you will get that tone (mwah) straightaway or it is'nt in there. Not every fretless will sound this way. I have owned basses that had all the right parts; excellent pickups, a great neck and good strings and that were set up as good as they could be and they did not have the singing tone I was looking for. I say give it a try for a while with your technique but don't dump alot of bread into this bass thinking it is going to give you want you want.
     
  9. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Play as close to the neck as you can that helps a lot, a lot of it is more technique than anything you can really do.