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Just got a new bass... Tune 6 fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basstyra, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Basstyra

    Basstyra Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2005
    CTO @ Two notes Audio Engineering
    Well... I'm exhausted, I've been playing it the whole afternoon ! :D

    My first bass is a Vigier Arpege, 4 strings, fretted. There is a completely different bass :


    A Tune ZIC-3, fretless (fret removed).

    I don't know it enough yet, I got it just today. But well... It's great. The neck is really comfortable. The strings are spaced as on my 4 string, which is really a good feature.

    The electronics : vol bal tone, plus a 4band EQ on rear side.
  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Oh man that looks ace! The de-fret job looks very clean from here...congrats on that stunner of a bass! :cool:
  3. Hey Bruno ! so you did get a 6 string... :) i remember that you said 6 strings are more comfortable for you than 5 strings

    Congrats and bring it to to the GTG next year ! :)
  4. I've never played a Tune, but they look sweet to me. Kind of somewhere between Ken Smith & Ritter. Everybody go fretless! :bassist:
  5. Rusty Chainsaw

    Rusty Chainsaw Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    NJ via London
    As a point of trivia, ever see "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"? That's pretty much the same bass we see Les Claypool slappin' Tommy The Cat on near the end, when Primus are in the Battle Of The Bands.

    He mentioned the Tune bass in an interview in Bass Player years ago, saying it was a stopgap bass before he got the fretless Carl Thompson 6, so he could get his fretless chops together, and something along the lines of it being great, and half the price of a Warwick...
  6. Basstyra

    Basstyra Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2005
    CTO @ Two notes Audio Engineering
  7. Those basses are sweet - I used to have a fretted Tune Zi-2 a few years ago. It had wonderful, crispy yet organic tone if that makes sense. It also had a beautiful figured ebony fingerboard which was an absolute dream to play.
  8. Very nice bass! congratulations.


  9. Basstyra

    Basstyra Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2005
    CTO @ Two notes Audio Engineering
    I just tested it with my band.

    It's really a wonderful bass, a wonderful tone. Full, warm.
    The neck is a pleasure to play. I'm not used to so big necks, so I got tired hands, but nothing unbearable. I think I'll get used to it very soon.

    With my Vigier, 4 strings, fretted, and this beauty, I got 2 really different basses, and for the first time of my bassist life I have 2 instruments AND I'm going to use both !!

  10. Basstyra

    Basstyra Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2005
    CTO @ Two notes Audio Engineering
    And here comes the dilemna...

    I love this bass, I love having 6 strings, it's a lot more possibilities... But in my mind, more strings means more chords, I allways loved playing chords (due to songs like RATM "Bullet in the head"...), and well... Even in my dream I can't imagine playing chords on a fretless. On 2 strings why not... On 3 no, I can't. On more, let's not speak of that... :D

    I have money saved for it. I wished to change the fingerboard, this one is awfull (badly defretted, covered with some strange black wax... ugh.. ). So I have money to change the fingerboard, if I let it fretless, or to refret it, if I choose this.

    So... Should I refret it, knowing that money is not an issue ?
    The main problem would be that I won't have a fretless bass anymore...

    I will put a high F on it, E A D G C F, because my guitarist let me room to make soli ! :bassist: