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I want a fretless sound with my yamaha

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by danny3k, Dec 6, 2001.


  1. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    Hey'll how ya' doing?

    I want to know how to make a fretless sound from my yamaha TRB-5F, how can I put the eq settings on the amp, the yamaha preamp eq or some tips, YES!! it has flatwounds on it.

    Thanx
     
  2. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I thought the fretless sound would come just by having a fretless! Anyway, back off the treble some and keep the bass and mids slightly above the mid. Play over the bridge pickup too. I can't remember if this bass had sweepable mids, but if it does, play with it. Also, wiggle your finger on the fret line when you play a note to create vibrato effect and elect to slide from note to note when you have a chance. Maybe this will help, but there are lots of fretless players on this forum who can help. I think you have the right guitar for it. Roundwounds are more apt to growl IMO BTW.
     
  3. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Setup (action / neck relief) is key from what I hear. Gary Willis has some notes on this at his website (www.garywillis.com)
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    If you're after a modern FL sound (cf. Willis, Wooten, Miller, etc.) you'll need roundwounds.
     
  5. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

    The String Action would have effect on the sound?? 'cuz the are pretty high.
     
  6. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Oh yeah, you're not likely to get the "mwah" without having a rather low action.
     
  7. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    Yes, it has 3 different mid tones, which one should I use?? I've also noticed that If I use the bridge pickup I could get sort of the sound I'm looking for.

    Aight, that's the thing I'm looking 4, the characteristic "mwah" that the fretless has. What should I do?
     
  8. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Well, set up the bass correctly to begin with! You can't achieve your goals with high action, so lower it! After that, it's pretty much a technique issue.
     
  9. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    I'm getting well among with the fretless, it's not hard, since the first day I felt in love with him, and I'm getting pretty good with it...

    Thanx man
     
  10. Intrepid

    Intrepid

    Oct 15, 2001
    You can get a "mwah" with a fretted? Just a low action and eq settings will create this? Whats the best fretless simulator?
     
  11. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Nobody said that.
     
  12. Intrepid

    Intrepid

    Oct 15, 2001
    'Bout to say....sounded like you guys were suggesting that...
     
  13. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    Where am I??
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    You are here-->X
     
  15. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    Yeah, here am I.

    So, what else should I try with my fretless?