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Sweetest sounding fretless you've played?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by darkside 88, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. darkside 88

    darkside 88

    Feb 23, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Warwick Standard 'vette, Active, with roundwounds, and I played the same model with flats. My goodness that was a slick, greasy tone. When comparing the fretted version with other basses, it left me unimpressed, but the fretless blew me away.
  2. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
  3. djcruse


    Jun 3, 2002
    Norwood, MA
    This Pedulla Buzz bass with Dual-J pickups. Better sounding than any P/J pickup configuration they offer.

    Sorry I ever sold it.

  4. Well, the only fretless that I've had personal experience with was the yammie bb414f that I picked up when musicians friend was blowing them out awhile back. fretlesses don't seem to common locally, so i don't have a good point of reference, but i'm a fan
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The most wonderful mwha that I experienced was with a Le Fay Remington Steel 5 with a stainless steel fingerboard.
  6. Walnut Cirrus 5.
  7. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Due to my limited experience, the Corvette standard passive sounded very good to my ears. My inotation isn't on par so I need lines :/.

    or practice...damn that practice
  8. Pedulla Pentabuzz. Why they heck did I ever sell that bass? Oh yeah, because I couldn't play in tune (even with the lines). Doh!
  9. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    This one!

    It's an Acacia custom four string fretless with EMG pickups.
    So sweet that I used it as my main bass for seven years! (will be replaces with a new Benavente Vortex 6 fretless... soon...)
  10. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    Zon Sonus Special 5 Fretless, all others bow before it's power and majesty...


    ....honorable mentions:

    Pedulla Buzzes
    Roscoes (yeah, ok, I'm a wee bit prejudiced, but they ARE good! :spit: ;) )
  11. My fretless 4003 honestly. I have never heard a more upright sounding fretless before in my life. Its very cool.

    This might change though...i have a Jaco sig on order....i hear they are pretty sweet to play on.
  12. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    F bass - amazing fretless with lots of "wood" in the tone

    ZON - as Gard said, they are majestic.

    ROSCOE - can you say "mwahhh???" - i have a hard time deciding between these three, but i think i am going to bug Gard to find me that special top for a Roscoe fretless 5...

    Gard,..... GARD !!!!!.... ( where did he go? ) :bag: :D
  13. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    i must agree, the F Bass fretlesses have a real dense hard wood sound

  14. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I absolutely love my MIF Jazz Special with bart P/Js, but having played a fretless Ritter at NAMM in the passive mode, I must concede it's better... :crying:
  15. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003
  16. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Pedulla Pentabuzz.
  17. RE:PEAT


    Jun 24, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Would have to say the FBass (BNF5?) but curious about the Zon Hyperbass. Doubt I will find a shop with one in stock :(
  18. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Without a doubt, the best fretless I've ever heard or played is this work of art from Keith Roscoe:


    Mahogany body
    Exhibition Redwood burl/flame/quilt
    unlined Diamondwood fretboard
    Bartolini 3 band 18v system

    and yes, she's all mine!
  19. Radiobass


    Jan 10, 2005
    Fender MIA Jazz

    I couldn't stand the tone of the Buzz I played...
  20. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Pedulla buzz or pentabuzz.