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Not a fretless in sight...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BobWestbrook, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr.

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    Today I went to Sam Ash in King of Prussia PA It's a pretty big store, with dozens basses on the wall, cheap and expensive, many brands, 4, 5, and 6 string. But not a fretless in sight!

    I thought this was odd - any comments? Is it based in the type of customer they have?
  2. orlfl


    Jul 22, 2005
    I cannot figure out how they stock. I see people mention the basses they see at SA and GC and the four of those in Orlando never have anything close (Zons, MTD, etc) I guess it is because of Bass Central and the marketing arrangements regarding territories.
  3. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    Yeah the Orlando SA and GCs seem to only stock mostly run of the mill basses. Once in a while you'll find something neat that's a used item though. Bass Central is definately the place to go around here for all the neat high end gear.

    I did see a MIM fretless Jazz at Sam Ash one time...but that's really the only one I've seen there, as I haven't seen another one since that one disappeared.
  4. RaTTeR

    RaTTeR Don't forget your towel!

    Dec 25, 2005
    Riverside, Ca
    Oh yeah, Sam Ash has a fretless. One of the house brands that
    they carry is Tune and they have a NICE f-bass fretless with piezo
    active pickup built into the bridge. The tone is dark and beautiful,
    spade shaped headstock with great balance to it as well.

    I've been lusting after this one for a couple of months now, thanks
    to Uncle Sam's forced savings plan (just got a good tax return),
    I picked it up last night!

  5. MikeRS


    Aug 16, 2005
    Clinton, MA
    I went to a Guitar Center last week and they had no fretlesses. I'm working on making a custom freltess from my old Squier P Special. I'm getting a Fender neck, Dimarzio P and J pickups and a BadassII bridge. But I love to try them out to get the feel and have only had the chance once. (Wasn't too hard, it had no inlaid frets or neck markings whatsoever and I had it down pretty good, I actually could picture my fretted neck on it so that helped)

    (I tried a 6 string and wow, that neck was so thin width wise but felt like a thin 2x4! I have no trouble with a 5 string neck though)

    But question: Is there a way to get a fretless neck (for a Fender) with a maple fingerboard? I'm getting weary of rosewood and ebony, too dark and takes away from the bass, esspecially since this Squier I'm converting has a light speckled black body and cream pickguard.
  6. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    Thats a pretty cool looking bass...how does it sound vs. Turners and Rob Allens? I looks like it may be a nice option for folks digging the piezo sound.
  7. RaTTeR

    RaTTeR Don't forget your towel!

    Dec 25, 2005
    Riverside, Ca
    I'm still just learning but I do love the feel and sound of a
    fretless over a fretted. My other two bass guitars are an old
    Series 10 P/J fretted and an Ashbory. The Ashbory uses a piezo
    pickup because the strings are silicon so I had high hopes this
    would have at least an equal output quality. It is better than I
    was hoping for!

    The tone is as bright or as dark as you want it to be. Running
    through the range from the darkest open E string to all of the
    upper register I was quite impressed. Would I trade it for a
    Warwick Corvett frettless, Hell yes! (I'm happy with it but not
    stupid!). But anything less, no. This is one sweet bass.

    One thing I must throw in; After talking with a couple of
    other customers there, the quality control of the Tune guitars
    is kind of random. There are some big diffenences on tone
    quality from one guitar to another even of the same model.
    The first one that I tried sounded to flat. Could have been dead
    batteries but I thought it was better to pass on that one. Sam
    Ash's second floor model must have been newer out of the box
    because it sold me on the guitar. I got lucky and they still had
    one in the box in their back room. That's the one I bought. :D

    As with any big guitar store, get a new one out of the box and
    play it to be sure - Gods help the person buying a floor model
    guitar from a Mall guitar store where every wanna be has beaten
    and over tuned the thing. Gigging is nothing compared to the
    beating those floor models take!!!

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