tapping on fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vampyre, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Vampyre


    Dec 9, 2004
    Is this advised against? Im thinking about getting a fretless but ive been really big on tapping lately and im wondering if i will hurt the bass by doing this? or if it just wouldnt sound right
  2. I don't think it hurts the bass, I just hate the sound of it. It depends on a lot of things, especially the bass itself and how you do it. Like I've heard Vic Wooten do it on his Fodera and it sounds great, but that's Vic Wooten playing a Fodera. Anyway, I doubt it will hurt the bass. Try it out. If you can do it cleanly, go for it. I find it very hard to tap accurately on a fretless though, my right hand never hits the string in the right place.
  3. The only problem I have (or see anyone having) is getting intonation correct.
    I stick to fretted for tapping, but I know people do it, like Victor Wooten and Les Claypool.
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  4. Vampyre


    Dec 9, 2004
    alright thanks guys
  5. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    i found that with my fretless, the neck is starting to show "string markings" if you will. I use flats. I'm still trying to figure out what's causing it :\

  6. Snarf

    Snarf Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It's the strings . . . I mean, you're still putting hard pieces of metal up against wood and putting pressure on it, of course you're going to get marks. But it won't get mangled like with rounds.
  7. Oxblood

    Oxblood Inactive

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I actually like tapping on my fretless muuuuuuuuch more than I like tapping on any of my fretted basses. It's just so fun and the sound is amazing... I love the sound I get when im tapping and I slide down the fretboard. I say get that fretless and tap away!!!
  8. duckbutter


    Mar 30, 2005
    Fretless bass+sweet tapping=Michael Manring
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  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Just remember you'll chew up your board pretty quick that way. Either coat the board, or make sure it's something rather dense like ebony. Rosewood just doesn't cut it for tapping.
  10. +100000

    Manring is not human.