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I need to be a little more observant!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bound'n'blocked, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. I was in GC today, killing time while the wife shopped next door. Not that I need another bass, but it never hurts to look right? That and the fact it was the last day to use a 16% off coupon...

    So I'm browsing, and noticed a Spector Legend Classic 5 string in the used section. Got it down and played it. Boy, was it out of tune. So I got out my phone and used the tuner on it. Sounded better but still kinda weird. I kept noodling around. It was nice. And with the coupon, the price was right. I was considering trying to talk the Mrs into getting it. But something about it felt wierd. I couldn't understand why it would have flats on it. I'm not a fan of flats, but those could be changed.

    Then it hit me! It was a fretless! I had been playing it for about twenty minutes before I noticed! That was a deal breaker, but it was a nice bass...

  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Happened to me not too long ago with a Fender Jazz bass. Absolutely beautiful bass in Wine Red.
    Played it for about 10 minutes or so without realizing the frets were simply fret marker lines.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018
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  3. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    Being a fretless, I still don’t understand why it would have flats on it...

  4. Flats are a whole lot easier on a fretless neck than rounds are. Rounds tend to wear out the wood on the neck faster.
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  5. Copperhead

    Copperhead Still creakin' around. Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2018
  6. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    Still, I will always use rounds on my Fretless...always...
  7. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :laugh: if you played it for 20 minutes before noticing = you probably became a fretless player....and then walked away from it! o_O

    rounds might put some 'use' marks on the fingerboard. "wear out" from rounds takes years. have you played fretless? with rounds?
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  10. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Still, I will always use Flats on my Fretless...always.. :)
  11. That's a great point, I would have noticed right off with my sloppy playing.
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  12. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    I took your advice about being more observant and then noticed the guy playing the P bass in the pic. :vomit: !!! What a rotten trick to play on us! :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
  13. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    You were probably thinking the bass was really used...the frets were so worn down.
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  14. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    I can't imagine not noticing for 20 seconds that I was playing a fretless never mind 20 minutes
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
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  15. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I bought a 6 string (Guitar) Ibanez lawsuit era les paul copy based on a picture from a local auction house. It was factory fretless after the 5th fret. Very rare. I didn't know till it sounded like I was torturing cats on the upper frets.

    Traded it for a bass I never play.
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  16. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    So a fretless you were able to play normally and enjoy for about 20 minutes is rejected because it was fretless. You have to admit, that makes no sense whatsoever.
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  17. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    This goes beyond all of my previous thinking. Why do I play... is it for the feel ? Or the sound?? Do I care to look at it to make decisions and should i use the other one of the senses to achieve the goal. I think you may have had a zen like experience.
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  18. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Hold up.....you couldn’t tell that you were playing a bass that didn’t have frets?! Truly, I don’t understand how something like that is possible. :eyebrow:
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  19. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I'm right there with you.

    A bass player would have to be legally blind or wearing welding gloves for that to happen.
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  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Well ya know, there is no money past the 5th fret anyway! :)

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