Who uses FRETLESS bass these days?

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Re: Who uses FRETLESS bass these days?

Post by BassLine » 01 Dec 2011, 13:22

evilgus wrote:Forgot to say I've just been listening to all my old Talk Talk albums, Paul Webb's fretless playing is awesome! A great example of straight fretless playing in a pop context.
Man, Talk Talk really does start to show your age bro!! and mine too!! ;)
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Re: Who uses FRETLESS bass these days?

Post by evilgus » 13 Dec 2011, 22:25

Ok, I finally have the Pentabuzz in my hot little hands, so it's time to put in some time and get my chops up! Will work my way through Chris Matheos "100 Fretless Bass Workouts" and then Bunny Brunel's "Power Bass Soloing Secrets", should do me for the moment!

Anyone found an effects unit that just seems perfect for fretless? Would love something that has a combination of reverb, delay, octave/pitch-shift and chorus....all very high-quality and low-noise, of course! :)

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Post by BassLine » 13 Dec 2011, 23:51

Maybe look at stereo effects - really adds to the dimensionality of the sound (studio recordings sound 'bigger' but still sound natural). I'd look at Eventide or TC Electronic do a big fancy unit - both exxy but high quality. AussieMark has a rack unit - Helicon or Lexicon or something that he swears by.
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Post by Aussie Mark » 14 Dec 2011, 07:22

BassLine wrote:AussieMark has a rack unit - Helicon or Lexicon or something that he swears by.
Not me :hmm Holy forum member confusion, Batman

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Post by BassLine » 14 Dec 2011, 13:26

Oh, it must have been TB.... but if anyone would have owned any piece of gear then AussieMark would be first guess. (it's Lexicon and I haven't played one before - just read glowing review).

I bet PilbaraBass will tell us how good his Zoom unit is next, then a splattering of my 'pedal rocks!' and 'I don't use effects'.... any bet.... ;)
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Post by TheMachineIdol » 14 Dec 2011, 13:58

BassLine wrote: I bet PilbaraBass will tell us how good his Zoom unit is next, then a splattering of my 'pedal rocks!' and 'I don't use effects'.... any bet.... ;)
I'm not going to say my pedal rocks, but I do enjoy some chorus and delay on the F/L... :D

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Post by david1234 » 14 Dec 2011, 15:49

My pedal rocks. Except when I hate it.

Line 6 M9 can do nice octave, chorus, flanger, 'verb, delays. It does a decent envelope filter too, if you can put up with that sound being 12dB louder than all the other sounds ... still a lot of bang for the buck.

On my old fretless my favourite 'effect' was an EQ boost at 1200Hz.
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Post by bassbass » 15 Dec 2011, 21:37

About ten years ago, I only played fretless for several years - covers gigs, reading gigs, sessions, the lot. Have had several, but my fav is a 5-string I built in the late 90's. With old strings it is the best sounding direct recorded bass I've ever played.

I find singing and playing together hard at the best of times, but with a fretless its a whole new world of self consciousness! The originals band I'm in does 3-part vox on most tunes and its a good challenge for a part time singer like me... Have just tracked an album with them where around half of the 11 tunes were recorded with fretless. Even used drop-A tuning on one track...
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Post by evilgus » 16 Dec 2011, 10:17

I've just done a quick test and found that simple is best! I ran the dry and wet outputs from an old Ibanez Mod Delay II into my main rig and my Acoustic Image Coda and the result is LUSH! Just a bit of delay and chorus gives such a great stereo image, it's nearly orgasmic! :D

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Post by SpankyAndy » 16 Dec 2011, 13:55

I own two EBMM fretless basses, a Dargie Delight 2 Big Al (round wounds) and a 1996 Stingray 4 (TI jazz flats). I'm hoping to use one or both in my current band.

Mark seriously tempted me recently when he pointed out a gorgeous fretless Gibson Ripper on eBay, but the Chillbass Pantera has really got me drooling: http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2011/12/15 ... s-pantera/

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Post by toon » 16 Dec 2011, 14:24

That's what I want in my arsenal. A Fretless Stingray. Theres a chance Santa is getting me one though.
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Post by SpankyAndy » 16 Dec 2011, 16:01

Hey Toon,

Awesome, you must be on Santa's "Nice" list. I must be on the "naughty" list cos I'm getting a guitar stand from my girl friend :-(

Fretless Stingrays really rock I haven't been able to part with mine, it is so different to the Big Al... I love the Big Al, but the Stingray feels like home.

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Post by toon » 16 Dec 2011, 16:39

Well she actually sold her house with her ex. Kind of a here you go for putting up with everything.
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Re: Who uses FRETLESS bass these days?

Post by MentalPatient » 16 Dec 2011, 20:33

Anyone going to ask "Is fretless bass for death metal ?"

I'd say yes as Prostitute Disfigurement uses one.

There is an annoying advert for some drink at the start of their vid, how low can youtube go !



All the good bits (fretless), not that you can hear them in this video are at :

0:12, 0:22, 1:02, 1:29 - 1:35, 2:00, 2:10, 2.24 : 3.23 - 3.37, 3.57
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Re: Who uses FRETLESS bass these days?

Post by toon » 17 Dec 2011, 00:02

MentalPatient wrote:Anyone going to ask "Is fretless bass for death metal ?"

I'd say yes as Prostitute Disfigurement uses one.

There is an annoying advert for some drink at the start of their vid, how low can youtube go !



All the good bits (fretless), not that you can hear them in this video are at :

0:12, 0:22, 1:02, 1:29 - 1:35, 2:00, 2:10, 2.24 : 3.23 - 3.37, 3.57
After going separate ways with my cover band. I am using my Fretless for a Doom Metal band. Think Saturnus if you know it. Sounds perfect for it!
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