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pros and cons of fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fat_o_bastard, Dec 3, 2001.


  1. i'm thinkin aboot getting into fretless bass........what do you feel the pros and cons are of them compared to fretted basses?
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Wow, you really are Canadian! :D

    There are no real pros and cons IMO, they're just different. One "con" with a fretless would be that it's harder to play in tune. A "pro" with a fretless could be that you CAN play it in tune - better than a fretted instrument.

    If you like the sound of fretless basses, and want one by all means do get one. Even if you don't play them seriously, they're loads of fun to "mess around" with! :)
     
  3. thanks, i just did a search, it answers a lot of questions

    aboot all of them i'd say!
     
  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Props to you man, more people need to make use of that function!
    :D
     
  5. If you need a further push.... fretless is very much worth getting into - it opened up a completely new style for me.
     
  6. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    pros: No frets

    Cons: No frets
     
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  7. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    This brought a large smile to my face. :D

    It is sooo true.
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Ain't that the truth!:D
     
  9. Gard

    Gard

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    I've come to refer to frets as "speed bumps" or "those metal thingys that get in my way and make me play out of tune (as opposed to me being out of tune on my own ;) )".

    Heck, now I don't even bring a fretted bass on gigs! :eek:

    One con: You MUST work on your intonation constantly to both keep and improve it. It requires almost constant attention, from my experience. If you're lazy and don't like practicing, stick with the speed bumps.
     
  10. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    The pro: You MUST work on your intonation constantly to both keep and improve it. It requires almost constant attention, from my experience.

    :D :D Well, Gard, you put it up. I couldn't resist telling "the world" that we agree on the fact and draw different conclusions.
    But as a fact: that is the main reason why I prefer playing without frets (of any kind).
     
  11. Pro: great sound. Great, great sound. More tactile and pleasant to play. Fun. Whole new set of horizons. Impresses girls and, almost as important, other bass players who daren't bring a fretless to gigs.

    Cons: Seriously, you need a more powerful amp. You get less attack. Just cranking at 5-700hz isn't enough. Anyway, that's my experience. Bt that's a lot to do with the way I play.

    Of course, if you are one of those bass players for whom 40hz is THE frequency to stick your 1000 watts into to really get that floor shaking, this isn't an issue.
     
  12. I've come to refer to frets as "speed bumps" or "those metal thingys that get in my way and make me play out of tune (as opposed to me being out of tune on my own )".

    Hey Gard, that's close to what I think, only I call them training wheels. Once you remove them, you can actually lean into the turns! What can I say, I love analogies.:D
     
  13. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    both fretted and fretless have their own respective places.. I like the tone of a fretless.. the "mwahhh" sound if you will... but I also love the sound of a fretted bass... both bass offer different things.. which to me is a reason to play both :)