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Nickel rounds on fretless rosewood Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AlexanderB, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    I am thinking of buying the new 2012 Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Fretless and have one at home which I can send back.
    This bass came shipped with flats even if the specs at Fender.com says it should have "FenderĀ® USA Super Bass 8250M" strings.
    Anyhow, I really dislike flats especially on a fretless where I strive for open tone and lots of "mwah". So right now I am not too impressed with the sound or feel of this bass. It sounds a bit dull, one-dimensional and unresponsive, at least with my limited fretless skills. (I have another fretless with ebony fingerboard + rounds and that bass sings.)

    Will the rosewood fingerboard on the Fender bass survive the use of nickel rounds? Will it still be dark/dull with such strings? I read here on TB that the fretless MIJ Jazz version rosewood was extremely hard wearing but I did not find much info on the MIA one.

  2. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    I've got a set of Fender 9120 tapewounds on my fretless. Smooth to the touch, easy on the fretboard, significantly brighter than I expected, and seemingly last forever. The bass was used and had rounds on it when I bought it. I changed the strings immediately and noticed that the rosewood board had dents with grooves from the old strings.
  3. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    Will those tapewounds also produce a good "mwah"?

    Anyone else?
  4. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Forget about rosewood- get an epoxied fingerboard with that "Jaco touch". That epoxy is what protects the fingerboard and allows you to get roundwound "mwah".
  5. Nidan


    Oct 31, 2008
    Duluth , Ga
    I've been using roundwounds on my Jazz Fretless for over 20 yrs , still going strong.

    To improve durability, I did dress the rosewood with several coats of danish oil ( until it was saturated) then let it sit a week and polished it , right or wrong it has worked out well over the years and have never had an issue.
  6. jcape


    Aug 17, 2010
    Grants Pass, OR
    I use rounds on a MIM fretless Jazz with rosewood. After over a year, the fretboard is showing some wear but it is minimal.

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