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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Jewels, Apr 3, 2003.
Choose from one of the followng and give a short story of your own.
...because the speed bumps annoy me...
'cz I heard one, then I played one...
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.
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.
Because it is my voice.
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.
...and you want a job where???
If you have to ask...
...you'll never know.
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?
...that's what I thought.
Don't play fretless! It's a dead-end instrument with an inherent sound already patented by Jaco. (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.
Isn't phrasing important with any instrument you play?
Yes. But fretless gives you more degrees of freedom.
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.
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.