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Which lined fretless to choose??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickreyn, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I've got lines in the water for a used Musicman Stingray 5 lined fretless or a used Carvin LB75 upgraded with Bartolini pickups and electronics. Both will cost the same. Which would be better in the long run in the used market if I give up on fretless yet again??
  2. Tritone

    Tritone Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    Here's a vote for the Musicman. Better long-term resale value, and better build quality.
  3. mz91


    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    another vote for the musicman for the same reason as above. :D
  4. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    well...i say go for pedulla !!:D :D
    just kidding,
    i want to know just one thing :
    what pickup configuartion does the carvin has ?
    and as for value...
    in the meanwhile i say - musicman !
    same reason as all of the above...:D
  5. I'm not a big 'Ray fan, but I have to say, as far as resale goes, you'll make more off it (or rather, lose less) than with the Carvin.
  6. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    seriously funny seeing how i have a fretless carvin and a music man. i love my carvin. me and the electronics like to argue a bit, but it plays like a cross between a pedulla and a smith. however i will never be without my ray.

    did that help... didnt think so
  7. japhy4529

    japhy4529 this is only a test... Supporting Member

    musicman all the way...

    CARVIN = Computers And Robots Very INvolved

    jk. :)
  8. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    The electronics on the Carvin are:

    Quad coil "Deep" Bartolini jazz pickups

    Bartolini HR5.3/918FL Active electronics (3 band eq + mid swtich)

    My personal experience has been that no matter how much I upgrade a bass, you can't get the cost of the upgrades back at resale.

    My hunch is that an unaltered straight foward MM SR5 will at least cause me to lose less if I do sell it, and the MM pickup setup seems perfect for a fretless.
  9. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    ur probably right

    i WOULD like to know how those barts sound though
  10. IME you're right about upgrades, you won't get the cost back at resale. The MM is almost certainly a better choice from that perspective. However, are you buying the bass primarily to play or primarily to sell? Also, to me, the main attraction about the 'Ray is the zing you get in a fretted setting; for me personally, it wouldn't necessarily be "perfect for fretless"--in fact I'd think the Bart setup would be better, or at least more flexible, for that. The fretless MMs I've played haven't done much for me, though I must say, back in the day, Pino Palladino sure got a great sound out of them.
  11. KeithPas

    KeithPas Supporting Member

    May 16, 2000
    I would choose the Ray. You probably will not be able to get the typical Jaco soloed bridge pickup tone but it will have growl and it will sing for you.
  12. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    you'd be suprised in single coil mode
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Like someone else said, my first suggestion would be Pedulla.

    From the choices you posted, I'd go Music Man.

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