I am upside down bassist. And I want to buy a right handed fanned fret bass.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by NakajimaYusuke, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. NakajimaYusuke


    Apr 5, 2017
    Hello. This is my first post in this forum.
    I am playing right handed bass upside-down about 10 years.

    The string order is also intact for bass. In other words, the strings order is opposite for general bassist.
    On my style, the thick string is on the floor side, and the thin string is on the ceiling side.
    I know there are several upside-down friends in this forum.

    I ask them a question. Can you play right handed fanned fret bass without problems?

    I am planning to buy a new bass and interested in fanned fret bass.
    But I don't know "upside-down bassists who play right handed fanned fret bass".
    When upside-down bassist plays fanned fret bass, each fret spreads to the floor side.
    I want to know whether this is adversely affect the playability.
    Does this adversely affect the playability?
    Is there a problem? Thank you.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Seems like one of the intended purposes of fanning the frets would be working against you ergonomically, but I have zero experience...
  3. Leiria


    May 21, 2015
    I dont think so. Personally I can spread my fingers way more on the G string, which would be his E
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Maybe it works? Looks like it would be tough on the wrist.
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    It would.

    A normally oriented fan keeps your wrist straighter than a traditional bass. This would do the opposite.
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass!

    I think you will be a club of one. :D
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  7. Razman

    Razman Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't think you'll have a problem at all. When I hold my arm out as if to fret a note and then bend my hand towards me, it makes my hand and fingers point back at me (aligning with 'reversed' fanned frets). If I were to play it normally, I'd be extending my hand and twisting my wrist to hit a low note (like a low C or F) which feels less natural.

    I hope all of that makes sense. Obviously, you'll notice less of a difference if the fanning is not as extreme, like playing an Ibanez FF bass versus a Dingwall.

  8. NakajimaYusuke


    Apr 5, 2017
    Thank you a lot of advice. There seems to be various opinions.
    If there is a chance I will try fanned fret bass at an instrument store.

    It is very interesting.
    In this regard, my upside down style may be suitable for low notes on fanned fret.

    When there are 5 or 6 strings,
    If it is the ordinary style, the C note of fanned fret bass will be very far from the hand.
    If it is the upside-down style, the C note will not be too far.
    This seems a little advantage.

    I play heavy metal and the importance of low note is higher than high note on my style.
  9. Razman

    Razman Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    I hope you get to try one!

    Question - are you familiar with the band YKZ? I like the bassist. I don't think they are together any more, but I have some of their music.

  10. NakajimaYusuke


    Apr 5, 2017
    Sorry, I did not know the band at all. I listened to their songs on YouTube.
    This genre is not my specialty, but I understood the greatness of the combination of slap bass and rhythmical guitar.

    It would be difficult for such a slap playing for upside-down bassists like me.
    I have never practiced slap seriously, but probably my style is disadvantageous for it.
  11. NakajimaYusuke


    Apr 5, 2017
    Hi, I finally purchased ibanez SRFF 806. This is a 6 strings bass.
    Electric Basses SR - SRFF806 Bass Workshop | Ibanez guitars

    I wrote on this thread why I am interested in 6 strings bass.
    what do you think about backwards bass, or reverse, upside-down ect

    Please let me say simple impressions.
    When playing fanned fret 6 strings bass in my upside-down style,
    I did not feel the problem caused by fanned fret.
    In particular, the ibanez srff series is not a drastic fanned fret bass.
    The angle of fret opening is not large. So, I might have felt no discomfort.

    Besides that, I was bewildered by another thing.
    There are six strings. It is 1.5 times as compared with usual. I am struggling to mute the strings.
    The neck is wide. I am struggling to play G and High C string.
    The string spacing is narrow. The strings are a bit dense. I have not adapted to this yet.
    Control knobs are an obstacle to playing. It must be relocated to the other side or embedded in the body.

    There are many unaccustomed points, but time and practice will solve it.
    I will use this bass for a long time. Thank you for much advice.
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