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MIA Fretless Jazz Bass... do fret lines indicate actual intonation?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman45, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Bassman45


    Jul 16, 2005
    Just got this in and boy "Is she a beaut!"

    A quick question regarding the fretboard... Do I play "on the lines" or "between the lines"? The side dot markers are right on the lines so I assume that's where the closest intonation will be found.

  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    On the lines is where you want to be if its set up properly. You should probably try playing with a tuner if you're unsure of your own personal intonation.
  3. You should play 'on the lines'. If it doesn't sound right, try 'fretting' notes in various places up & down the neck w/a tuner & see if the lines seem to be in the right places. If not, the bass' intonation is off.

    Edit: Man I type slow. Yeah, what he said. :rolleyes:
  4. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    i would say just alittle back on the lines. when played right on the lines, the tone is a little bit sharper. so just a little backwards would give you good intonation, IMO.
  5. On mine, the intonation is slightly before the fretline (2 or 3 mm) before the 12th "fret", and right on the line after.
  6. jetsetvet

    jetsetvet Banned

    Mar 24, 2005