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P-Bass,,,,FRETLESS?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PollyBass, Sep 7, 2001.


  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ok, maybe im nuts. but ive never heard of a fretless P-Bass.....and got to thinking,,,,why not? I mean, i know the jazz bass is the one you would want to turn fretless......but why not a P? has anyone ever done this? or heard one? or heard OF one?
     
  2. jcadmus

    jcadmus

    Apr 2, 2000
    You're kidding, right?
     
  3. maybe im wrong but didnt sting and probably lots of others defret their p?
     
  4. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Fender began offering the fretless PBass in 1970, long before anyone ever heard of a fretless Jazz (or de-fretting one, for that matter). You're only 31 years behind. Relax. You can catch up.:) I own a great '78 fretless P with a maple neck that I wouldn't think of parting with and I recently sold a first-year '70 that, unfortunately, had some neck problems, otherwise, I would have kept it.
     
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Exactly.
     
  6. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ya, i figued so. MAN i got to get out of my house more.
     
  7. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    [​IMG] mmmm...`73 with factory HSC 'only' $975...

      [​IMG]
     
  8. purple_haze

    purple_haze

    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    Fretless Precisions are still not that uncommon. Just last week I saw one at the Bass Centre in London, (who happen to have a great collection of vintage Fenders)

    notduane - What is that fingerboard made of?
     
  9. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    ...sugar & spice and everything nice? :p

    Sorry. It's maple according to the copy at gbase.com --
    (click here)
     
  10. There's a used one at the GC in Dallas that has one of the best necks I have ever played. Great tone, strings practically laying on the fretboard. I'm trying to talk myself into a reason to buy it!

    Jeff
     
  11. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Ahhh! :eek: Is that the GC at Central and Walnut Hill? --
    (I can't go in there no more :(:p ), or the one at Spring
    Valley and the Parkway?

    Stay the hell away from the Plano Mars at Parker + Central! :oops:
    They've got an (SWR) Henry 8x8 marked down (twice now)
    to $679 :D .
     
  12. Well, it is (or was last weekend) at the GC on Parker and Central. The tag says $549, but I was told I could get it for $400. Need a fretless AND a new cabinet :eek: :D

    Jeff
     
  13. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Shouldn't you be trying to talk yourself out of buying it?

    You know that bassists don't need a reason to buy another bass.:)
     
  15. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    I still mourn the death of a mid-70's P-bass with a rosewood fingerboard I used to play. It was refinished and I added a Jazz pickup and Badass bridge, so it didn't have any resale value. That bass had wonderful action and great tone, but was stolen from a club. I cried and cried.....When I bought it, I had never heard of a fretless Jazz bass.
     
  16. ytsebri

    ytsebri

    Sep 1, 2000
    Dallas
    Just a quick question...does anyone else consider a fretless P-bass a fundamental oxymoron???
     
  17. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    That very true, Fender called the P bass a P bass cause it had frets and allowed bassists to play with "precision".
     
  18. yah, that's what i thought...Fretless Precision...lol
     
  19. bootsaco

    bootsaco

    Sep 8, 2001
    Portland, ME
    i've got an old mexican pbass from the early 90s, that i added a pickup to; changed the neck because i broke it; defretted; removed the added pickup; replaced the pickguard and knobs....in that order...it'd kind of a mess right now, but it's a work in progress....