Which first fretless??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kelu, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    I've got ato have a fretless for September..
    I've tried severals and my choice is a cort.
    What Fretless would you advice me??
    (not more than 1000$)
  2. A fretless Cort you say?

    try the Curbow 4FL on the right.
    Cort Curbow
    Bartolini pickup + preamp...
    and fretless

  3. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Inactive

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Whats the deal with de fretless? I'm a new player that has not enough money, but i dot understand the fretless thing. would you tellme whats the deal?
  4. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    In the beginning the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and God said "Let there be light" and there was light!
  5. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Shortly thereafter He crteaded Adam, who in turn took 4 vines and tied them to a hunk of wood, and the first fretless bass was born :D.

    ok.... maybe I made that up.:ninja:

    But seriously, the "deal" with fretless is that it is a completely different sound adn feel than fretted. You have to play one to really appreciate it.

    As far your first fretless, fi your willign to go up to $1000, you have TONS of options. The Curbow does not hae a traditional soudn at all, seeing as its completely synthetic (even the fretboard). It is however, a quality instrument. If it was me, I'd either get a Specotr Piezocore fretless Q series (around $500-$600), or a fretless jazz of some sort. Jazz basses bring out the fretless tone like nothin else.
  6. I don't know about their availability in France, or what shipping might be, but Carvin makes a pretty decent bass for that kind of money. Really nice woods, well built and balanced.
    Time might be the only problem there, unless you are wanting "off the rack".

  7. If you lived in the states, and near RI, I would suggest having a bass built by a friend of mine, a Mr. Mellor(redbassman86). you could get a bass that would play like a million bucks and cost you about 500. But mine cost $720 becuase of the crazy parts in it. Plus he is slowly getting into the instrument building. So help the little guy(well, he's not little, he's about 6'4").
  8. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    I agree with the Cort, but I would go for the Artisan series B4FL, not the Curbow 4FL. Made from real wood (unlike the Curbow) the swamp ash actually has real nice resonance. A pair of Active Bartolini Mk1 pickups give a wide range of great tones. list price $750.<p>
    And no, I don't work for Cort, I was just really impressed with this bass when I bought one, and it is still my bass of choice.<p>
    Congrats on becoming one of the Fretless Ones. You'll never want to go back :)
  9. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Fender Jazz
  10. My mate just scored a stunningly beautiful original 1975 G&L L-1000 fretless for £375! I plays so nice, unlined....if you can find one of these beauts, buy one! The tones are gorgeous, not to mention the lovely natural finish.
  11. arose11


    Sep 30, 2002
    Kalamazoo, MI
    carvin if you can, their fretless basses rule!:bassist:
    also i just tryed a stingray 5 fretless and i just about melted right there in the store, what a nice fretless. :eek: