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What is the purpose of fret markers?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TexasEdition, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Supporting Member

    I deleted it because it was petty and snide.
  2. TideSwing

    TideSwing Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2014
    Some people use them, some people don’t.
  3. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    Mother-of-pearl markers give it a brighter tone, while the solid ones are more dark. The bigger shapes really capture that warm 70s tone.

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  4. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    Yeah, my Aerodyne has confounded a guitarist or two as well
  5. 31HZ

    31HZ Supporting Member

    I used to get a little lost on my FNA because it didn't have the markers on the board, so I guess I do look at it.

    Yay, I must not be normal! :smug:
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  6. Ha! Maybe I'm not too fat after all!
  7. Auspuff

    Auspuff Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    Regardless of their purpose, Alembic sure has it made with those LED's.
  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    They've been on there for going on 2 years now? To be fair, I hardly ever touch that bass since I upgraded to my Spector, but they definitely seem to be of a fine quality that won't just rub off without some targeted effort.

    I was considering putting them on my Spector but I kind of like the clean blank look. If it had dots I would most certainly put them on there >^..^<
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  9. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff

    Aug 21, 2014
    After reading this thread, if you really want to mess with your guitarist bring out the 5 string. Inlays or no, that B string will make them fumble around like mad if they're trying to visually figure out where you are playing.
  10. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Fret markers are good for some people; others simply can do without. They are helpful, and I do use them for a quick visual reference for mapping the fretboard/fingerboard.
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  11. I agree that MOP and to a certain extent Abalone add brilliance, but I disagree about larger shapes being warmer. I had MOP blocks on a rosewood board (vintage Hohner J copy) and it had less warmth than my 90's Fenders. Has anyone done an A/B test with a maple board to compare the tone of the black dot markers and black block markers?

    I like nicely done markers for aestheics, and I find them useful to confirm fret count at a glance when looking at listings on eBay and Reverb.
  12. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Yeah, I think you think a little too much.
    So you hate dot markers but you like those big Ric markers.
    Do you like the Ibanez sharktooth markers?
    What about LED fret markers that some bassists have installed on their fretboards?
    Do you hate the Fender logo or the words Jazz bass or Aerodyne on the headstock?
    Nothing intrinsically wrong with not liking fretboard markers, of course, but...
  13. J-Mags


    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I have no trouble with my Yamaha baritone guitar, which has clear side dots, but no fret markers, despite the fact that it's an unusual scale length, but when I had an old Ibanez guitar which had fret markers, but the side dots were difficult to see on a dark stage, I'd have occasional mishaps.
  14. juggahnaught


    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    Only posting in this thread to say this - that bass is awesome. Love it.
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  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    You can see them when you're sitting down (more easily see them when sitting down)
    But you're right, when standing you definitely cannot see them.
    And to add to this....why do some manufacturers like Gretsch start with the first fret while others start with the third fret?
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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Here it comes

    Are you ready?

    Scroll down

    They change the sound :)

    [edit] I see @Vinny_G beat me to it! :laugh:
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  17. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Unless of course you're talking markers made of tort! :)
  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Awe, 'stop' it now would ya! :smug:
    Didn't know that. Thanks.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019
  19. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    No rational person would seriously consider that.
  20. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    This is TB...are there rational people on TB? Hmmm..... :smug:
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