The Fretless Club (Part IV)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Engine207, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Nasty. But it sounds odd to flatten out in high temperatures. My own experience is that extreme cold takes relief out as the truss rod contracts.
  2. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018
    Wow. Must have been like a sauna!
  3. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018
    I'm in a band again (after a multi-year drought) and my fretless is back in action where she belongs!

    rehearsal space.jpg
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  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I think the strings (TI Jazz Flats) lost tension (expanded) sooner / faster than the truss rod...
  5. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    I think it's:
    Sharp when Cold
    Flat when Hot.
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  6. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    It is, but I didn't mean flatten in pitch. I meant flattening out the fingerboard.
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  7. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    My cello goes sharp in the summer and flat in the winter, makes sense as things expand with heat and contract with cold. But it doesn't have a truss rod...
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Suspended

    Or you could have been playing a Martin Keith Elfin. ;) Here is a photo of a gig I did in very similar weather conditions (95º F/95% RH) in a densely woods park with horseflies everywhere, they were even eating us! I had no such problems with the neck on my fretted Elfin 5 (my fretless Elfin 5 would have faired just as well). :thumbsup:

  9. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA

  10. Might I have a number please?
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  11. Still loving my Skjold fretless 515CADB7-B5D1-4DA2-86C7-48D6F79774A0.jpeg
  12. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Can I join? I sort of even know how to play this. IMG_3778.jpg
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  13. ok I'm going to need more pics lol

    Skjold fretless is on my bucket list of basses
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  14. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Nice. What brand is that?
    That Skjold looks amazing too. Not a big fan of those big ramps though.
  15. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Mine is a 2009 Dean Edge. Very well made. The neck is a bit narrow for me but it's my go to instrument for now.
  16. went into the time capsule back to July 25 2014.
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  17. Maybe a stupid question, but it’s been a while since I had to think critically about my setup.

    I have an Ibanez Portamento SRF705, strung with Chromes and I want a little bit higher action so I don’t get much mwah, and the tone is more round.

    I can raise the string height at the bridge, but what kind of relief measurements should I be looking for from the truss rod?

    I wasn’t really thinking about adjusting the string height at the bridge and instead increased my relief from .015” under the 8th “fret” (while greeting from “frets” 1 to 19) upwards to about 0.018”.

    I was thinking I needed a bit more (still a bit mwah-y) and then realized I probably shouldn’t have touched the rod and just raised the string height at the bridge, so yeah, I’m now curious what a good general relief height is if you want higher action?
  18. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I try for the height of a standard business card as a starting point.
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  19. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    I use Maple edge banding. You can get it at the hardware store.
  20. revroy

    revroy Supporting Member

    Just put a set of D'Addario Chromes on my de-fretted SBMM Short Scale Stingray. It is the first set of flats that I've tried in years... we'll see how it goes. Prior to this I was using Stringjoy roundwounds. In only a few weeks I could see the marks on the rosewood fingerboard.
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