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Looking to upgrade to a better Fretless...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FBGT, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. FBGT


    Apr 14, 2013
    I love fretless bass, and am looking to buy a new one eventually. I have had a Squire Jazz for years, and it served me well, but I really want to move up into the big leagues so to speak, and pick up a nice fretless. I would probably only want a four stringer, and I like to have versatility in tone, getting that smooth jazzy sound, but still being able to have a treble-y punch when I want it. What would you guys recommend/what do you pay and how to you like it?
  2. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Zon. Find an old Zon Sonus 4 string fretless. These are GREAT fretless basses. I've seen them anywhere from $900 to $1500, depending on the wood, model, etc.
  3. MrNylon

    MrNylon "ROAD REX" Supporting Member

    Fender Am. Std. Fretless Jazz does me just fine.

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  4. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I have a Warmoth Jazz bass with an Audere pre-amp. You can cover quite a lot of different sounds with JB and Audere.
  5. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist

    Feb 8, 2013
    I went from a 2012 Squier Jaco fretless to a Spector Legend fretless Legend03.
  6. bassplace

    bassplace Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Annapolis, MD

    Their acrylic impregnated fingerboard is fantastic for fretless
  7. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I recommend getting an older Peavey Foundation with the "Super Ferrite" pickups, and maybe pulling the frets out. You'll get the tone you want. One of these should cost less than $300.
  8. Take a look at a Lakland 4402. :))
  9. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Pedulla Buzz.
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  10. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I personally think that no one does fretless better than Roscoe. You can pick up a used one for a very reasonable price compared to what you can get for the same money.
  11. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Lakland 4402 for huge tone variability or a skyline 4460 for great ole jazz sound....

    Sound and quality are top notch! Not to mention excellent QC if needed....
  12. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I played a Roscoe 5 fretless for years - I was never really happy with the sound when gigging (Cedar body - it sounded "dull" to me) but it recorded GREAT. I was just listening to an old session I did with it from about 10 years ago and it really was nice. So yeah, Roscoes are fine basses. But I'm sticking to my Zon - mostly because Roscoe 5's are all 35".

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