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Marcus Miller's fretless sustain

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by lovethegrowl, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    Has anybody noticed that when Miller plays a ballad he usually plays his fretless jazz bass (that is if he's not playing his bass clarinet). That instrument really sings, lots of sustain.

    Is there anything special about his gear (other than the addition of lots of reverb, & brass bridge saddles) that facilitates that kind of sustain, that rough, nasal, guttural mwaaah?

    I'm going to get a fretless Jazz bass soon, & I'm kinda shooting for that kind of sound. My bass will be a used Squire VM fretless Jazz, or a new (knock-off) SX 6 string fretless jazz bass, or a new fretless SX 4 string Jazz bass in a 30", 32", or 34" scale.

    I'm afraid of having buyers remorse. In terms of getting the sound I want, is there any thing I should know about basses, effect pedals, electronics, playing technique, before deciding how much money to spend on this, that, or the other thing? I am on a budget!
  2. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    Also. It appears that Marcus Millers fretless bass has no built-in active electronics, like his Bartolini/Sadowski modified fretted bass.

    I already have Fatbeam & reverb, what else do I need?
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  4. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    Also, if I do get the SX knock off & the pups aren't OK, I have Carvin J99a's I can put in. I also have a 10 band MXR M-108 EQ pedal. (Incidentally, my amp's an LH-500, my cab's a Goliath III.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Marcus Miller has used a Fodera for much of his fretless work in the past. I know he sold a fretless Fodera to raise money for a cause, so I don't know if he still uses Fodera in the studio anymore.
  6. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    What's pictured on "a Night in Monte Carlo" appears to be a sunburst jazz bass w/no pick guard (just like Jaco's). No visual evidence of active electronics. The fretless sound on that album is my reference point.
  7. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    I stand corrected that probably is a Fodera Monarch fretless & I suspect it does have active electronics