Where could I find a good unlined fretless on a budget?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BenWhoPlaysBass, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    Been itchin' to look into some fretless basses but can't seem to find any budget-priced ones that don't have fret lines painted/inlaid on the fretboard. I want a nice unlined fretless that's fairly low-cost (nothing more than what a standard jazz bass costs). So are there any good ones in that range? The lines just don't look that good to me.
  2. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    Mighty Mite sells an Ebonal P neck for less than $100.
  3. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    Not a lot of options in that price range, unfortunately. As the above poster mentioned, a replacement neck on a standard jazz (esp. a used one) might be your best bet.
  4. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
  5. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
  6. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Doesn't Fender make them in the Fender price range?
  7. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    They don't make a standard Fender unlined, not to my knowledge anyway. The Tony Franklin model is unlined, but man it's expensive ...
  8. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Also the Warwick Rockbass Streamer comes with an unlined fretless
  9. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I never shopped for them, just assumed they did. In that case, I'd say get nice neck made by Tommy at USACustomguitars, and plop it onto a loaded body from Fleabay. The neck is the key, and USACustom makes very nice necks. The rest can be upgraded as funds become available.
  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
  11. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Dean used to make a very inexpensive blank plank. Kinda sorry I never picked one up when they were abundant.
  12. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    what's the budget?
  13. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Used carvin.
  14. BoomBoomOGTL

    BoomBoomOGTL Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    York SC
    My suggestion is find a used Peavey USA Axcelerator. I paid under $250 for mine w OHSC and its a great , well made bass.
  15. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Peavey axcelerators are nice, if you like their neck shape. Mine played and sounded great but the flat neck bothered me.

    I have one of this waiting for me, will be picking up tomorrow. I prefer unlined and personally think p/j is one of the best sounding fretless configurations.

  16. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH