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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 26, 2014.
I'll take a better picture tomorrow and post it
As promised better pics of my fretless G&L 2500 1997 vintage
I'm the 2nd owner. Actives removed by me for a passive bass with full coil tapping. The blond is a freted one setup the same.
Thanks for the thd.
i enjoy them as long as i have lines on the board otherwise i might as well be lost at sea.
I've never seen a finish like that before!
Nice, a 5er as well! This one belongs in that "Most Beautiful Basses" thread.
The only other one I've seen was a blue swril one. These are vary rare Or so I'm told.
She plays and sounds as good as she looks.
Purchased a fretless bass about 3 weeks ago, and it is a blast. Very fun to play and makes you think more about your intonation. Only thing is; I have to remember not to bend the strings, but to use vibrato...
If your groovin on Fretless check out a Pedulla Buzz bass.
They are a unique fretless experience & sound.
I love playing fretless.
It's so inhibiting for me and others!
....( un) inhibiting!
I love my MIM fretless. Lately, I have been playing it exclusively in my classic rock band. No one has ever noticed or said: "Hey, is that a fretless?" so I guess I must be doing something right.
Those "bowling ball" finishes are cool!
I like fretless. I play some fretted and some fretless, depending on how I want to sound.
If anyone is looking for a new lease on life,
I have a cool fretless Jazz in the classifieds......
I think my lease is up.....
I have been using my MIM Jazz for Urban Gospel, and I have not skipped a beat!
One church I play at has a rocker WL who used to complain about the tone of my lined PentaBuzz and he would walk over and try twisting knobs to get this fat middy sound like his P bass and I'd play it up on the fingerboard and on the neck pickup and finally one rehearsal this Brazilian guy showed up to check us out and audition later and called rocker boy over and asked him why I wasn't playing on the bridge because it was Fretless. WL walked over nonchalantly after the next song and asked why I wasn't playing up on the bridge and then ran his fingers across the lines and then got a dumb smile on his face. I just smiled and said... I did until you kept messing up my EQ. He had no clue I was playing Fretless. He would always say, no doodling, play simple, you're not playing guitar. He's never REALLY heard me PLAY! Lol. The other church I play at, I play what I want, when I want and no one says anything and I play my ThunderBolt 6 fretted there too quite often.
So I spent about 4 years playing nothing BUT fretless - I realized that the only way to get good at it was just PLAY it, so I did. And frankly, I never felt like I was that... good. I always felt a bit behind the curve, if you follow. So I went back to playing 90% fretted, where I can happily slap/pop/etc.
A month or so ago, I had my iTunes on shuffle and a recording came on from CD I did about 5 years ago, playing fretless -and I sounded GREAT. I was stunned - I recall listening to the recording when it was finished and being underwhelmed, but listening to it after some time, I really did the job - intonation / expression were really nice - and there IS something so... soulful about fretless playing... so I'm making a point of practicing fretless at least a bit every time I pick up my other basses.
I know you were in church, but I would have been seriously tempted to cuss the WL out!
It sounds like you are real pro in that you notice shortcomings first instead constantly patting yourself on the back.
Not sure if I'm a real pro, but I always feel like I kind of suck! - keeps me honest, I suppose!
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