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Which fretless: F Bass or Roscoe?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Viking, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Just curious what you guys would pick and why. I've only tried the fretted versions and like both. I saw Etienne Mbappe playing a fretless F bass on a NAMM video and it growled like crazy. On the other hand, a Roscoe would probably be less $$ and has a diamondwood fingerboard. Feel free to post any video or soundclips.


  2. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    To me, THE fretless sounds are F-Bass, Pedulla and Rob Allen! All three different, all just amazing (in the hands of someone OTHER than me!) Just my $0.00000000000002!

    Dan K
  3. Pedulla is another worthy option. I think it has a coating on the fingerboard too. The Rob Allens sound amazing but are a different sound (like an upright).
  4. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    Get with Gard at Roscoe, he has a fretless which uses two jazz pickups placed similar to a Thumb bass and it sounds and feels absolutely amazing. An extremely close second for me would be the Pedulla Penata Buzz though I do prefer the diamond wood of the Roscoe, the Pedulla is pretty amazing as well. The Rob Allen's sound great but not as comfy imo as either the Roscoe or Pedulla.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Rob Allen is a different animal to me. I've had a couple and loved them for that "upright" thing. To me, there is no better sounding and playing electric fretless than Roscoe. The "JB" placement that CC is talking about is amazing. If I wouldn't have decided to get a fretted 6 I would have bought a fretless like that this week.
  6. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    If money isn't a problem...the only fretless basses I would consider are Pedulla Buzz or an Alembic Essence or Orion, either one with a Q switch installed.