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Will low-profile frets make my bass sound more fretless/"woody"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stephenleejp, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. stephenleejp

    stephenleejp Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Virginia Beach
    I purchased a brand new Carvin Icon and had the thinnest frets installed.
    Unlike other hifi basses, this bass's,mids soundy woody and/or like a fretless, a little. Sounds real cool btw.
    Is this BC of their low profile frets, preamp, or dual humbuckers.

    I like the sound,,I just want to be able to dial in a more hifi, piano tone for my gospel gigs.
  2. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    It's an interesting premise, but I don't think so.
  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I think it just means you don't have to work so hard to fret the note. You can roll up to or down from a note like Jimmy Haslip does on fretted and get a bit of a fretless simulation.
    Lee Sklar is a player who has low profile frets (mandolin frets) on his Jazz Bass.
    BTW, congrats on the Icon! I love mine!
  4. Not a fretless tone, but IMO vintage "small" frets do let the fretboard speak a bit more.

    Kinda like high mass bridge vs. low mass/bent plate style - but on a much, much smaller scale.

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