What would you do? (Fretless P Bass content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by -Shaun-, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Fretted

    8 vote(s)
  2. Fretless

    18 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    3 vote(s)
  1. -Shaun-


    Feb 10, 2018
    New Zealand
    Hey, guys

    I have a 1976 Ibanez P bass which was originally fretless. I bought it about 9 years ago for an absolute steal, and kept the original fretless maple neck on it for a few months, before buying a fretted J profile neck and fitting that. I already had a fretless Jazz, and didn't see the point in having 2 fretless basses and 0 fretted.

    I only had those two basses for the next 9 years, so it was great to have a fretless and a fretted option, but I've always wondered about putting the original neck back on. I love the sound of a fretless P bass, and there would be something nice about having it all original again. The only issue is that the build quality of the fretted neck I bought for the P is obviously higher than the fretless original, and having a fretted P bass seems to be a much more practical option than fretless. Since buying a Hofner a few months back (the only time I've had 3 basses), I now have another fretted bass, which I guess means I could have 2 fretless and 1 fretted.

    So, the toss-up is between:
    a) A more practical option with a higher quality neck
    b) A "cooler" option with the original neck

    I'm aware of the pointlessness of asking this question. At the end of the day, it's up to me. However, I just wanted to get your opinions anyway.

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  2. Abner


    Jan 2, 2011
    Fretless, of course. But that board might need refinishing.
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  3. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    It would only take a few minutes to switch necks and set up.

    two weeks fretted, two weeks fretless, and alternate on holidays.
  4. -Shaun-


    Feb 10, 2018
    New Zealand
    I hear ya. Those marks you can see are actually very light, like you can't even really feel them.
  5. -Shaun-


    Feb 10, 2018
    New Zealand
    I really ought to learn to set up my basses. I'm a pretty "hands-on" person in most regards but, for some reason, I've always just left bass set up to my local guitar tech.
  6. Definitely a good thing to learn, because even if you're slow about it like I am, it's still the fastest way to get things just how you like them.
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    There is wonder working power in maple fretless.
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  8. I voted fretless, but I prefer fretless.
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  9. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    1) Return the original fretless neck to its body.
    2) Bask in the good karma
    3) Briefly consider buying a loaded body for the fretted neck so you have 4 (!) basses
    but then realize that (1) is what you really want. :)
  10. One thought OP, I think putting Fretless in the title drew the attention of more fretless players (it’s the only reason I clicked)... May be worth considering as you’re looking at the vote counts.
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  11. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    You're absolutely right, putting the original neck back on it is the dumber option. That doesn't change the fact that you should absolutely do it, haha! Fretless maple fingerboard Ps are just about the coolest damn thing in history. Put the fretted neck on your Jazz and you'll have both again. Also, give GHS Pressurewounds a try on that monkey. I set up the local university's maple fretless P that way years ago when a bunch of my friends were still going there, it was in the top 5 most glorious playing and sounding basses I've ever experienced.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2020
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  12. Abner


    Jan 2, 2011
    Obviously, it's what he really wanted to do anyway. :)
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  13. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    You put fretless in the title, you're going to get all the fretless guys on your thread. And it looks like we are all voting for the fretless option.
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  14. CatchaCuda


    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Keep frets 1-7 and lose 8+? :D

    They all seem like good options, I vote "carrots".
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  15. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man-

    Return it's original neck and play it ;) Then build another one if you want a fretted P.
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  16. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Sell me the fretless neck.
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