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Trumpet-like sounding fretless?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Nami, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. Nami


    Oct 14, 2005
    Hi guys,
    I want to build a fretless fiver.
    The twist is that i want it to sound kind of.... Brass-ish.
    Closest to trumpet.
    I thought about it and i think i need a REALLY solid wood.
    A 5/3 Piece neck.
    Neck through body.
    But what electronics... pickups? passive/active? kind of preamp?
    Maybe a fretless maple neck would help?
    Maybe hollow body?
    I don't know, I'm really puzzled now...:help:
    maybe you have an idea what do i need to make it like that?

    Gal :)
  2. vintager


    Jan 29, 2005
    i'm just curious about this thread.

    interesting idea though..
  3. My first build was an all flame maple body with a fretless maple/ebony neck. It surprised me to play it because it wasn't harshly bright like everyone expected. It's got a tight growly sound at any tone balance and when I solo the bridge pup with mids up it does indeed give you a brassy tone. This bass has a DeArmond preamp with twin soapbar pups. I think that active is definitely the way to go so you can really tweak the midrange.
  4. Nami


    Oct 14, 2005
    ebony fretboard VS all that maple....
    Definetly LOTS of mid's....
    good idea!
    Do anyone think a wooden bridge would help?
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Metal fingerboards give this bright tone with even harmonics, without getting harsh.
  6. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Never heard about a fingerboard made from metal :eyebrow:

    Wouldn't it be a little bit heavy?
  7. not as bad as the ones made from stone
  8. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    :eek: ...naahhhhhhhhhh
  9. Nami


    Oct 14, 2005
    metal fingerboard?!?!
    any example?
    maybe graphite.... but metal?!
  10. Brass fingerboard? Never knew metal fingerboards existed. Then again i have seen a youtube video of a guitarist playing a fretless guitar with a glass fingerboard.
  11. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Metal fretboards...


    Yes yes ...I know ...those are g**t*rs ...but their fretboards are from metal!!!
  12. ... And granite of all types of stone. How do the different materials the sound? (metal, stone, glass... uh Plastic?...)
  13. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    :eek: ....and it even looks nice!!! but it must weight like a ton!!!!!
  14. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    "Trumpet-like sounding fretless?"

    Try a Trombone.....

    Sorry........ :D

  15. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    think its more of a EQ thing than anything. listen to micheal manring, that's about as brass-like as you can get, and he's still playing quite a normal bass (i play a zon, and i dont get that kind of sound).
  16. gr8estbassist

    gr8estbassist Guest

    Oct 9, 2004
    South East
    first thing that comes to mind is an all graphite neck.
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    No. It's so hard, it doesn't need to be thick.
    Vigier Basses are offered with a metal board as an option.
  18. LOL!

    ...or is it a Trumpet sounding like a fretless? :confused:

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