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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Greenantgods, Oct 30, 2004.
it is about fretless and fretted basses.....do most like rock bands have the fretted or fretless.
I think most do like rock bands, yes.
I like rock bands too.
Fretted. Certainly fretted. I don't think half of those putzes would know what to do with a fretless.
Who you calling a putz?
There have been rock/metal artists who've made the warm, woody, horn-like "mwah" sound of fretless basses sound awesome in the context of rock/metal. Steve DiGiorgio and Shawn Malone come to mind.
Much of the time, fretless is played using flatwound or half-round strings, which don't get the kind of definition that traditional roundwounds do.
However, the majority of rock/metal artists use fretted basses. Especially since slap-pop is popular in modern rapcore/nu-metal, a fretted bass is a better choice since heavy slapping on a fretless bass (with roundwounds) can chew up a fingerboard.
Either way, both in terms of playing and sound, fretted and fretless basses are different animals.
Yes, I very much prefer my rock bands to have either a fretted or fretless bass player (or like JT in Lord Only, one who does both), I also generally prefer that (s)he plays interesting stuff.
Right. This only applies to rock bands that I don't listen to, though.....