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Why do you really play fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Jewels, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. The freedom of expression not found with a fretted bass

    230 vote(s)
  2. The challenge of playing without any guides

    44 vote(s)
  3. I believe the fretless sound is the true sound of a bass

    66 vote(s)
  4. I was never interested in fretless until I came to Talkbass

    35 vote(s)
  1. Choose from one of the followng and give a short story of your own.
  2. ...because the speed bumps annoy me...

  3. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    'cz I heard one, then I played one...
    the end!
  4. Because I'm just a hobbyist, and playing fretless is FUN!

    Besides, since I never play for anyone else, nobody can ever tell me how bad my intonation is. :D
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

  6. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Because you're a weakling that can't handle the cold hard steel. Fretless is for the wusses who can't wrap their heads around the MIGHT of fretted basses.

  7. Because it is my voice.
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I love fretted, but I also think you need to be able to play fretless too. Too bad my freless doesn't sound too good. I wish I could afford a Le Fay Remington - it sounds and plays awesome.

  9. ...mmhmm...

    ...and you want a job where???


  10. Uncle Fat

    Uncle Fat Guest

    Mar 14, 2003
    Portland, OR
    If you have to ask...
  11. ...you'll never know.
  12. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    That is to say, Fretless is the ultimate in expression that the electric bass has to offer. The frets only really slow you down, and give it a cold, lifeless tone. Fretless is the ultimate fusion of player and instrument, with not metal tangs getting inbetween technique and the ultimate voice of the instrument. I mean, Jaco played fretless, what more do you need to know, right?


  13. ...that's what I thought.

  14. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
  15. Don't play fretless! It's a dead-end instrument with an inherent sound already patented by Jaco. :D (much sarcasm added)

    But seriously, I play fretless because I love the tone - but strangely enough, I don't like the sound of slides/glissandos on a fretless - I've heard them abused too often. On the other hand, I love the sound of fretless vibrato - it's just beautiful.

    That, and I love playing an instrument that makes g**tar players say, "How the heck do you play that?" I love that they can't just pick up my instrument and claim that they know how to play bass. :)
  16. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
  17. Isn't phrasing important with any instrument you play?
  18. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Yes. But fretless gives you more degrees of freedom.
  19. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Because they just sound so beautiful. I will admit that TalkBass got me into listening to more fretless than I used to (i.e. more than Jaco). I'm halfway to a very nice fretless right now-closer than that if I come across a used one.
  20. Well thus far I am the only one to vote for the last option. I really was more interested in the project of defretting my bass more than I was interested in actually playing the damn thing! But I love it, even though i don't get along well with the evil intonation fairy.

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