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Wanting an entry level Fretless 5 - Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funky Ghost, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I have been enamored with the neck on my Squire Vintage modified Jazz 5. I've never given a fretless a drive but would love to and want it to have the same neck feel that this VMJV does, ideally.

    Entry level is where my bank account is at, figure, 500 and under. Any experience or thoughts? I checked and I saw 4 bangers offered by squire but I'm a 5er guy now.

    I appreciate any advice.
  2. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
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  4. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I appreciate the reply. thank you.

    They both look to have a more modern profile neck. I think the reason I've taken to the VMJ is the "big ass thick neck" :D

    I really like the feel of it in my hands. The thinner profiles, for some reason, are not comfortable at all to me. My Peavey Cirrus is an amazing sounding bass, but I hate the neck. Too thin and flat. I guess it's an ergonomics thing with my hands.
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Squier has a fretless P you might like. Just find one you can play first, you need one with a smooth board and that can be a trick.
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  6. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    5 string?

    At your price point there aren't very many options. Maybe check Rondo Music.
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  7. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Thanks that's good info. So, I would be better served, with a fretless in particular, to get that sucker in my hands and feel the fret board I'm gathering. I mean, I know in general that's good policy with any instrument you buy, but since I have a decent grasp of the neck profile I prefer ( and what I don't like for that matter ) I had hoped I could forego that part. I was mistaken, it seems.

    Again thank you.

    @mark beem Yeah, with such a tight budget it really makes it dicey for sure. I had all but resigned myself to a used lower end instrument with little to no chance of flipping it if I don't get on with it. I've even gone so far as to wonder at the cost of have my VMP-V "Jaco'd". The neck on it is fantastic too. That seems drastic but who knows? Maybe have a luthier build me a neck to slap on the J I have now.
  8. bassopotamus102

    bassopotamus102 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    I have a Dean Edge 6 Fretless and love it. it would fit into that price range and is easily modded.
  9. basspedaler

    basspedaler Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2013
  10. KulNova


    Oct 9, 2012
    Saigon, Vietnam
    Make an order for a Sire fretless bass. Not so expensive price for a real high quality instrument. That's my suggestion. Dig them out at www.sire-usa.com
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  11. I was about to suggest one of the cheaper Cort models, but then I saw the previous post - the Marcus Miller Sire fretless looks good. I had the ash bodied fretted V7 and it was a great bass for the money.
  12. CH Design

    CH Design Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Ottawa, ON
  13. oldNewbie

    oldNewbie Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    I picked up a Cort b5 fretless this year from EB very cheap , and although was a good value and made a respectable sound with the low-B flatwounds that came with it, I needed a c string setup with mwah and didn't get that with new pressurewounds . Among issues - not much mwah , it's just not in the wood - playing w/o an amp demonstrates this clearly . Also, the fret markers are , in fact, tape and make for very low frets , I'm sure that takes out possible mwah . Good for playing triple-stops in tune though ! Would have removed those but this instrument has made me realize that I really want a fretboard with a radius , not flat , and since I'm now GAS-ing for something else, might want to sell the thing at some time.
  14. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You can probably find a Carvin in that range if you aren't in a hurry.
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  15. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    This is how I ended up with an SX fretless 5 string jazz. There just aren't many options on the low end.

    I love how it plays, but not how it sounds or looks. It is in the midst of some heavy modifications to address those two issues.
  16. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    What about ordering a fretless neck for your jazz through Warmoth or All Parts?
  17. gully_jones

    gully_jones Stone cold groovy man Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
  18. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    This is the one Rondo sells. I bought it in pieces, and only put as much back together as I had to to get a working bass. I love the damn thing. Weighs nothing, balances great, plays itself, sounds like the voice of god. I have other "much better" basses, spector, peavey, etc. That little rondo holds its own.

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  19. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I had this exact bass for a while. Two things about it. one, the neck radius is compound. It doesn't say so, but it is. Not that there's anything wrong with that... The other, at least with mine, the B, and sometimes E string with it, would get kinda cantankerous. Didn't really like weather changes,so around late spring and late fall, the 3rd-4th fret area would get a little buzzy, so you'd have to change the neck relief a little, and play with the string height a little and then fix the intonation a little, once you were done. Again, maybe it was just mine, and actually not that traumatic really. On the plus side, playing it was like playing a 4 string neck that was just a little bigger. That part was immensely cool!!
  20. tekhedd

    tekhedd Tone chaser Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    Owner/operator of BYTE HEAVEN
    I just entered this thread to "Like" the first person who said "Ibanez". My work is done.

    Although my second thought is "Pawn Shop".