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Thinking about a fretless with a woody tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I'm looking for something somewhat light and preferably at least semiacoustic to balance out my six string basses which weigh over ten pounds. I'm also wanting to get a fretless, both to improve my ear but also just because I like the sound.

    I'm looking at three basses: a Breedlove Atlas 4 string acoustic bass, a Godin A4 semi acoustic bass, or a Tony Franklin signature from Fender full electric.

    I'm not trying to emulate an upright because I know it won't happen with anything other than an upright. I'm going for something kinda like Jaco but warmer and more organic. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    "Sounds like wood", is the way I used to describe the sound of my Peavey Cirrus F/L.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Carvin AC40f
  4. Kevindavid3


    Jul 11, 2010
    The AC classic from f-bass sounds like a upright. It's also like 10000$ though.
  5. Kael

    Kael Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Woody organic fretless tone makes me think Rob Allen.
  6. Blake Bass

    Blake Bass Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Montgomery, Texas
    +1 to Rob Allen..the best fretless I have ever played..and I have played a ton of them!
  7. Duplo42


    Jan 23, 2007
    Definitely check Epiphone Zenith - I was taken by surprise at how double-bassy and low-end it is. It had tapewound string on it thou, so check them out on other basses too, they make a difference

    eidt: here's a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsuiVj3B9E0
  8. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    definetly...an FBASS...AC or AC Classic
  9. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    An f-bass would be wonderful, but would probably break the bank. I'd recommend a Rob Allen if you can afford one, or, if you're a mere mortal like me and can't, then go with a Carvin AC40, or an AC50 if you decide you want a five string.
  10. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire

    90s MIJ Precision A/E
  11. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Bass NW has/had one of those for sale. REALLY like the looks of those, but can't justify/afford another bass right now, and my music funds are going to an amp upgrade.
  12. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    The Rob Allen is truly the best hollow body fretless, IMHO. However, the Tony Franklin I played was even better than my '70 fretless P-bass, and had some nice bridge pickup growl.

    The Godin looks interesting. I played one of their guitars, and it was really well made.
  13. Godin A4. Light, excellent sound from growl to thump.