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Which would you prefer to buy: Fretted or Fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Fretted

    203 vote(s)
  2. Fretless

    79 vote(s)
  1. Hey TBers,

    I am constantly shocked by the lack of fretless basses available in the market at any given time. I'm just very curious if this is justifiable.

    If you could please answer the poll that would be very much appreciated.


  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Fretless. Unlined if possible.
  3. Dakotah


    Dec 21, 2011
    Port Richey,FL
    Fretless preferred however in addition to the fretless Ibanez & Fender J, I also own a fretted HofnerBB Ignition & Ric 4003.Don't know if they are available fretless.
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I prefer fretted, though I do absolutely love the sound of a fretless, I just don't think it would fit my current playing genres as well as a fretted does.

    Plus I make a lot of chords and am not nearly as proficient on fretless as fretted... so I am sure you can do the math.
  5. It depends, so can you make an "it depends" option?
  6. jg42


    Jul 12, 2012
    Same here...
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    If I'm reading a chord chart frets are friendly. If I'm playing stuff I know well, I don't have a real preference. Some things work better with one than the other, but I could use a fretted or fretless (I have) for a four hour gig no problem.
  8. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
  9. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
  10. I probably should have put it a "both" option, unfortunately, I can't seem to add another option to the poll now that's it's already published.

    If you would like to choose "both", or "it depends", just say so and I will do the math. So far there's 4 votes for "both/it depends" assuming afzoomie67, jg42, jbossolo, and Big B haven't voted for other options.
  11. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    I would have also liked the "depends" choice, but, I have never sought out to buy a fretless. No particular reason, just have too many other fretted wants first...
  12. Hmm, well now I'm not sure about the "depends" option. It seems like you would prefer to buy a fretted than a fretless. Sorry if I'm wrong, that's just what I got from your post.

    My hopes from this poll was more for what TBers would prefer to buy, not so much play. I do wish there was a way to edit polls, so I could change it to "what would you prefer to buy".
  13. i am about to defret one of my j basses but i prefer fretted. it is nice to have at least one of each
  14. Yeah, I didn't vote. Like, sometimes I really want a fretless, but I don't have the money. And when I have the money, something new which happens to be fretted catches my eye.
  15. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    I love my fretless but play much more often my fretted...
  16. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed by K.B. Guitars, Nordstrand Audio Pickups, Von York Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps.
    I have never owned a fretless. I simply don't care for them.
  17. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I'm about 70% Fretted 30% Fretless.

    It depends on what I am playing and what the sound we are trying to accomplish.
  18. Tonari


    Feb 3, 2011
    Only fretted. I hate sound of fretless, especially when player can't find the proper note from the first time and searching for it. So ugly sound.
  19. Rossington


    Apr 20, 2012
    I say both, purely because I don't have a fretless yet but I want one.
  20. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I agree. It’s a full time effort to find basses that you want in fretless. I’m looking for USA made Peaveys, short scales, Steinberger or copy and Patiently waiting for production on Warwick’s Basic Short Scale Fretless

    I found once you go fretless you can’t go back. It’s like going from manual steering to power steering. Here’s a list of what I have in hand at this time.

    Peavey Dyna Bass Unity factory fretless
    Fender Jazz Factory fretless
    Squier Vintage Modified Jazz factory Fretless
    Ashbory Factory fretless
    Squier Jaguar Short Scale Fretless (Custom made neck)
    Cort Junior Short Scale fretless (De-fretted) Luthier completed today pick up tomorrow pics to come.

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