Tuning Fretless Basses.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DarkMazda, Aug 18, 2000.

  1. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    Hey Guys, I was just wondering about something, When you tune a fretless.. Where do i Press? like I have inlay lines on it.. where should I press. along the 5th fret lines?, the inlay dots? because if you can't get G tuned or E tuned, rest would be screwed up :) Thanks

  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I use a tuner and tune with open strings and 5th fret harmonics.


    May 29, 2000
    hooksett NH USA
    You play a frettless bass just like a fretted one, except you have to put your finger exactly were the fret would be.
    Ill assume you know how to tune a bass and let you figure the rest out ;)
  4. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    You match the 5th "fret" harmonic on one string with the 7th fret harmonic on the next higher string. This is how orchestra DB players tune, also. It's nice -- it gets the pitches up into a more discernible range. Turn up the bridge PU (if you have one) and crank the treble.