The Fretless Club (Part IV)

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

  1. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Inactive Suspended

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    There's a fretless 5 like both of those in your picture at one of my GC's. It's been hanging up high and I haven't had the chance to grab and play it but I will this week if I get the chance! Very nice looking for sure.
  2. Pete Skjold's work is exceptional ! The feel and playability of the neck is outstanding! I'm very happy with how this bass turned out. The voice is very clear, deep, and balanced all across the strings. It's a very lively bass.
  3. New members:

    944 wallawallabob
    945 Buchada Azeda
    946 Idle Plucker

  4. Number please
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  5. 947 Mark Sacchetti

  6. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Inactive Suspended

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    I will definitely have to get back there and play it! Your singlecut is great looking.
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  7. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Greetings All ~

    I'm a little late to the mwah party... grew up playing upright bass, learned to double on bass guitar, discovered a whole new octave in five-strings, then came the great fretless adventure. Now it's become my favorite... I play fretless 5's for more than half my time these days.

    For now, I'm gigging a Godin A-5 (unlined), and a Renaissance RB-5 Custom (lined), but next time the planets are properly alligned, I hope to add an Alembic fretless five-string to the fold. :)

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  8. A couple of more pictures of my Skjold 5 I recently received.
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    Still getting to know this bass. It's effortless to play. Extremely comfortable and the voice is clear, deep, and versatile. It's presently strung with TT flats, E to high C.
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  9. 948 EdwardofHuncote

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  10. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Amazing coincidence... I'm also #948 on the Mediocre Bassist's Thread. :D
  11. west al

    west al Ready, PLAY! Supporting Member

    Am. Std. Fretless Jazz, if you have any extra numbers, I'd like one. lgLavdf.gif

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  12. Just dropping in to say I have a Clement build in the works. It's my second fretless, and first Clement. Here are some build-in-progress pics. You guys wanna see those, right? :D

    First off, here's the block from which the top will come. In case you're wondering, it's myrtle.

    Tom put a "Kim" shaped template (this is the name of this shape in his product line) on top of the myrtle block so you can get a basic idea of what the top will look like when it's cut out.

    The fingerboard I picked is this exact piece, and it's a wood called Ipe. This wood is harder than ebony. I chose it for the hardness as I'm planning on playing rounds over the bare wood and my mind will rest easy knowing I am covered by this level of hardness. Here he's laid the fingerboard on the block, but just for the color - the match of the figure is not in the right position - just ignore that.

    The bass will have a single-piece swamp body and a black veneer between that and the top. Here's the sandwich being glued up.

    34" scale, 4 string, single piece maple bolt neck, black hardware. The bass will be passive with a single volume and single tone control. Pickup? The new Carvin split pu in the sweet spot traditional position. Strings will be stock Carvin/LaBella rounds, which I love. The fingerboard radius will be 16. :thumbsup:

    Ok, folks, whatchu think? (braced for impact)
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  13. Great looking top! I would suggest the Aguilar P pup instead of the Carvin.
  14. Please tell me what you like about the Aguilar. :)
  15. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Took this a few days ago. I've owned over 50 fretless bass, and usually keep it down to 6 or 8 at a time.
    Most of these are builds, as I seem to enjoy that lately. All basses 2014 003.JPG
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  16. Here's a online video review that might be helpful.

  17. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    That is a thoroughly stunning piece of wood! Very nice.
  18. VERY NICE. Thanks. We'll see what the Carvin sounds like and this will be in the back of my mind. :thumbsup:
  19. RebopBass


    Jan 26, 2013
    Hi everyone, I have a gwb35 that has been my main bass for a few months (although I've had it for 3/4 years). I'm starting the conservatory next year so I'd like to upgrade a little. So anyone know of a brand that can make me a modern style fretless fiver with 16.5 spacing, a fast slim neck (ibanez style), two pickups next two each other in the same area as the gwb35, a ramp and then a good choice of woods ? I don't mind buying used, I'm just looking for brands I don't know who make nice fretlesses.

    Thanks :)
  20. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

    You didn't say what your budget was.

    I also have a GWB 35. I've been looking at the Ibanez Portamento 5er.
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