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fret or fretless

Post by galaxiefreak64 » August 24th, 2003, 8:56 pm

i have been playing bass for about 2 years and i love it, but im getting bord with my 5 string. so i was thinking and getting a fretless. i have played fretless before and know the techique but should i get a  5 string fretless.

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Post by paul donnelly » August 24th, 2003, 9:53 pm

Do you think you'd use the fifth string much?  I have a four string fretted, and almost never want to go lower.  A fretless is probably going to be my next, probably four string.  It boils down to whether you need or want that extra string.  If you use the fifth string on your current bass a lot, you'll probably miss it on a fretless.  Maybe you could get a long scale bass and tune down.

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Post by Laz » August 25th, 2003, 5:14 am

You can get a 5-string fretless from Carvin, and probably others.

Read this for a summary of my own experience: Fretless and Free

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Post by galaxiefreak64 » August 25th, 2003, 2:15 pm

ok heres am i idea defret my cort 5 string bass and get a new 5 string

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Post by paul donnelly » August 25th, 2003, 3:36 pm

That's certainly an interesting idea.  Think first though.  What can you do about the slots the fret removal will leave?  You will yank them and not file them right?  Filing will not work unless you have a couple weeks without much else to do, and you like fingerboard gouges.  What kind of wood is the fretboard?  Are your strings going to gouge it?  Are you ready to reshape the nut to put the strings at the right height?  Ready to shim the neck to fix the action?  Probably necessary.  Or can you find a shop to do all that?  Will that plus the cost of the new fretted be less than the cost of a fretless five string would be?

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Post by galaxiefreak64 » August 25th, 2003, 6:18 pm

i have defretted a bass before, and my uncle knows all about fretless. im going to use flat round strings. and fill the slots with 1/32 inch strips of maple.

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Post by paul donnelly » August 25th, 2003, 10:01 pm

It sounds like you've thought it through, so if you feel confident, go for it.  I probably would have tried it myself by now, if I didn't like my fretted the way it is.

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