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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Biker4Him, Sep 20, 2004.
who likes what in the "non-custom" fretless game.
Warwick? Yamaha? what??
Pedulla Buzz basses are the cat's meow.
Warwicks and FBasses, mmmmmm growly.....
And a killer value, used.
What, exactly, do you mean by "non-custom?"
When I think of FBasses, I certainly consider them custom.
Do you just mean mass produced? I've got a fretless EB Bongo on the way being built to my specs. So, it's a custom order of a mass produced bass.
Fender Jazz Bass - Crafted in Japan,
http://www.gear-review.co.uk/reviews/jb62_77/ - my review
I would consider an Fbass as custom.
I'm thinking more along the lines of mass produced basses.
Okay, sorry, I figured since it was a "Stock" FBass that I fell for and now have, that it wasn't a custom job.
In that case though I stick by Warwick. Every one of their boltons has the same neck (save the Blondes and such), so the consistency of feel and tone is there - choose your sound flavor by body (wood for tone, shape for mass), all the while the ebony boards just give such a great "bite", whether round or flat is your weapon of string choice. I had a Thumb BO fretless with Brite flats, and my Buzzard fretlesses had rounds, and until I found the FBass, I thought I'd never want another fretless in life. Warwick FLs with rounds on them sound like overdrive and chorus are built-in, depending on how much you let your fingers dig in. Only one I didn't like was the passive Corvette FL I tried, but that was just because of humming electronics.
IF you're not going to get a Roscoe (and SHAME on you for not considering a Roscoe fretless! ), have you looked at a Lakland 55-02 fretless? A Warwick might be cool for that price range.
I'd love a Roscoe... actually... I'd love THIS roscoe http://www.bassemporium.com/item.php?sku=S5020
But I just can't swing it, nor justify that much money tied up in a fretless. Second.. I'd love to have Pete build me a fretless. And still may do that if I can find some $$$ under a rock somewhere. In the meantime... a great deal can be had on a Thumb5 B.O. fretless. And the opinions here seem to be pushing me that way.
Or... I can just forget a fretless alltogether and be happy with my Benavente, which always puts a smile on my face when I play it.
Conklin GT7, I have one with an upgraded 18v bass line preamp, sounds excellent and very affordable.
G&L is nice.
Actually, Bryce are nice too. Don't rule out Fender...
Plain old Fender Jazz, MIA, MIJ, or to a lesser extent, MIM. Yamaha TRB's are nice too.
Ill let you all know about my fretless Ric when it eventually comes in.
I hope soon...it was ordered in March
Biker, how many strings are we talking here? If it's 4, a Fender is quite affordable. If you'd entertain a 7, I'd get Jorg's GT7.
Jorg makes basses too?????
I'll admit that I've even liked the sound of a Fender fretless P. There is definitely nothing wrong with mass produced fretless basses. Just go out and find a bass that appeals to you.
Warwick Neck Thru Thumb-all the way!!
the 7 strings is SCARING me. I think I'll stick to 5. (but... it might be fun to try it)
Fender fretless P-bass