Multi scale 34/35” scale bass I’m building. Thoughts on if I should go With frets or fretless?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Specht Guitars, Dec 14, 2018.


  1. Fretted

    8 vote(s)
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  2. Fretless

    5 vote(s)
    38.5%
  1. Specht Guitars

    Specht Guitars

    Dec 14, 2018
    77E7978E-6C2C-4613-A1F2-F3DAECA84CC8.jpeg 05395177-BEBB-43D6-A414-A1969EA96FAB.jpeg I’m building a 37/34” 5 string that I’m planning to fret but the 35/34” 4 string I haven’t decided yet so looking for input. Thanks.
     
  2. Specht Guitars

    Specht Guitars

    Dec 14, 2018
    Posted in wrong area by accident.
     
  3. keiranhohara

    keiranhohara Commercial User

    May 27, 2018
    3 Fallsview Lane, Brewster, NY
    Luthier at O'Hara Fine Instruments
    Fretless with a 42" scale and a scroll
     
  4. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Tell me where the thread should reside and I’ll move it there.
     
  5. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    It should be in Luthier's Corner, in BG side.
     
  6. Specht Guitars

    Specht Guitars

    Dec 14, 2018
    Lol!
     
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Moved. :)
     
  8. I play mainly fretless with frets marked on the side of the board, I have a few lined fretless basses as well. I think a multiscale fretless would be hard to play, even if it was lined. Maybe if I only played multiscale it would be ok.
     
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  9. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
  10. Yes I did. A mate owns it now, but I don't think it comes out much. It was spectacularly hard to play in tune for jazz. I'd advise against it.
     
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  11. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I see that the board is already slotted, which means it would be a lined fretless, and for a multi scale that means either ignoring any visual references whatsoever and relying entirely on your ear (possible but very difficult) or staring at the fingerboard the whole time (a crippling technique).

    Basically, the concept of a multi scale fretless is a non-starter as far as I’m concerned.

    Others may feel differently.
     
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  12. Specht Guitars

    Specht Guitars

    Dec 14, 2018
    I

    Thank you. Good advice.
     
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  13. Specht Guitars

    Specht Guitars

    Dec 14, 2018
    Ok, great input. Thanks.
     
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  14. I'll see if I can find you a pic. It's a wild looking bass.
     
  15. I'll see if I can find you a pic. It's a wild looking bass.
     
  16. Here you go...

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    34-31" scale I think, IIRC. Sounded boss... when you could play it in tune that is. :oops: Oh, and it's got a trapezoidal neck profile.

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