The Fretless Club (Part IV)

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  1. Number please..... IMG_9633-Edit.JPG 10171148_777557848929651_7607430120585561534_n.jpg
     
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  2. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Brazil
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    My modified Geddy (with a gonçalo/ipê neck) tuned to CGDA in action.
     
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  3. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Warmoth neck?
     
  4. I'm about a week away from my fretless 5 E to C 33" scale being completed. I sold my fretlessKL 4 string about a year ago to pay for this Skjold!
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    Obechee body with 3d anigre top with a 3 piece ash purple heart neck and katalox fingerboard.
     
  5. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Brazil
    No, a Brazilian company called DeOliveira made it for me.
     
  6. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Very nice!
     
  7. pecBass

    pecBass

    Jan 22, 2013
    DFW
    Good morning, fretless folks...

    Quick question - I am considering picking up a FL 5 string ibby. I really like my 4 string ibby SR premium and would like to stay with either a premium or prestige SR. It seems you don't see many FL versions of these around. Could a luthier replace the frets with inlays very easily? Is that even a recommended option?

    Thanks
     
  8. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Inactive Suspended

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    I went back yesterday and played that Ibanez SR PORTAMENTO 5. Man is that thing sweet. I know you want lines but with the piezo bridge and all that, those are a deal! Maybe you could get a luthier to cut you markers in?
     
  9. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

    Yes very easy.
     
  10. PaulNYC

    PaulNYC

    Apr 2, 2009
    New York, NY
    i got paid for a gig once.
    I agree. I have the SRF705. Try it before you spend even more money on making a fretless. All my Bass playing friends love it.
     
  11. I've got one. It's a monster! Using the piezo most of the time, but some unexpected tone issues (bass and middle boom) when I was in a tight stage setup (PJB super flightcase) so I just switched to standard pickups and carried on. Actually managed to get the top C in on a jazz gig, although to be honest I started the phrase on it and used a downward pattern to follow.
    Absolutely love the string compliance on this one, even better than my GWB35.
     
  12. Any chance of a number, please?
     

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  13. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

    What is string compliance?
     
  14. Compliance as I understand it is the flexibility of the strings. They have to be at a particular tension to produce a specific note at a specific scale length, taking into account the thickness of the string. Good compliance means they will pluck and bend - including onto the fingerboard, when you play a note - more easily.
    I'm sure others will have a better definition!
    My SRF705 is particularly pleasant to play.
     
  15. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

    I would think that flexibility of strings is soley related to string design and gauge.

    What is the term for consistent feel, tone, and volume from string to string?

    My GWB 35 is very consistent. Same notes on different stings don't sound drastically different like some other basses that I have.
     
  16. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Just got my 1970 Fretless P-Bass back from HG Thor Labs. Epoxied fingerboard, new hand carved bone nut, and set up.
    HG's work is in a class by himself. This great bass is now amazing. Sound is still a P-bass but tighter, more focus, nice big growl.
    Can't stop playing it.
     
  17. cvsurg

    cvsurg Supporting Member

    May 17, 2011
    FL

    Pictures, please!! And a sound clip would be nice....
     
  18. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Inactive Suspended

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    Yeah, no picture = we don't believe you! Lol.
     
  19. I agree string design and gauge is the major factor, but I think there are other factors as well - headstock angle, the way strings anchor, bridge design for example. I've used the same make/gauge on SR 505F and GWB35 and they felt different to me, but comparing them between SR 505F and 705 they felt pretty much the same (even though one's fretless and the other fretted). YMMV, of course.
    I'd certainly agree that the GWB is consistent across the strings, even when I've used different makes and types of string sets on it.
    I suppose it's subjective - all I can say is that to me the GWB is a very nice bass, and I enjoy playing it, but at the moment I find the way the strings go down and the overall response on the SRF nicer, and that's the one I seem to be picking up the whenever I leave the house. When I next restring the GWB I'll try the same strings as the SRF and see how that feels.
     
  20. My fretless assembled! Hanging with Pete and Ruben ImageUploadedByTalkBass1405191962.457068.jpg
     
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