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If you could only have two basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Apr 19, 2006.


  1. Definitely a fretless.

    98 vote(s)
  2. I have others that would come first.

    69 vote(s)
  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    ... would one of them be a fretless?
  2. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
  3. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Definitely a fretless, that's mainly all I use ...... :cool:
  4. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    A Jazz and fretless Jazz, to be precise ;)
  5. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    No interest in fretless at this point. I play aggressive music.

    If I had two basses I'd stick with my beloved Cirrus-5 and there would be a toss up between a Spector Euro and Modulus.
  6. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    This is exactly what I have.

    So do I. Actually, I'd categorize all my basslines as prog, even though I never play in a prog band. :D

    Still, I find I play my fretless as much as my fretted. In fact, i'm playing only fretless on my gig tonight.
  7. Definitely a fretless.
  8. You really should try out a fretless at a band rehearsal if you haven't already, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Fretlesses sound great when played aggressively, the "mwha" sound is so beautifully subtle.

    That said, I would definitely have to have a fretless if I could only own two basses. I'd get a 6 string fretted, and a 6 string hyperbass :O. I've seen a 5 string hyperbass before, so I'm sure Mr. Zon would take a request for a 6 string.

  9. I play aggressive music on a fretless ;)

    yea my two Carvins would be my choice, and since one is fretless, yeah....:smug:
  10. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Have played in a very aggressive band with a fretless. It sits differently in the mix, if you want it to - more underneath than trying to poke through. "Mwah" isn't really my thing, but by bass is set up to sound less like Jaco and more like a dump truck. ;) Of course, with the bridge pickup being stock, I can still get the "Jazz tone," but my bass is generally a lot different than your standard Jazz.
  11. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    No fretless or ERB for me. I could be happy forever with one good P and one good J bass. Heck, I'm happy now with one good J.
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Fretless is cool, but I've no need or desire to play it.
  13. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    > fretless Bg.
    > Double Bass.
  14. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Indeed I only have but two basses, and one of them is a fretless. ;)
  15. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Nope. My fretless was my fourth, so I guess not. If I were forced down to two -- perish the thought -- it would be one of my fretted Fenders and my semi-hollow DiPinto.
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Vintage fretted Precision and fretless Jazz would be my weapons of choice.
  17. Two basses hmmmm
    First would be a 1965 Fender jazz bass
    Second would HAVE to be a fretless, infact my CB chamber 6 string would be a keeper. Great bass :hyper:
  18. We need pics of the CB!
  19. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    I voted 'definitely a fretless' ... but really, with two basses, they'd both be fretless. I need my primary fretless (Roscoe LG3005), and a backup / travel bass (Steinberger Synapse fretless 5).

    We'd have to get into three-bass territory before I'll even consider a fretted bass. Which is where I am: bass #3 == MusicMan SR5 ...

  20. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    Fretted 5-string PJ and a Fretless 6 (lined).

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