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Fretless Warwicks

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by warwickdread, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. warwickdread

    warwickdread

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    heyy ppl!
    about 5 days ago ive been able to play a fretless bass. i started playing bass a few years ago and untill then i didnt quiet knew what the major difference would be all i thought: "well u just cant slap it.." --> wrong! . The sound of a fretlessbass really got me that day and i cant stop thinking about how easyly i can change the tone just by moving my fingers a little, the sound is more compareable to singing then to an instrument i think cause without the frests somehow ur out of that normal, u get tones that would cause a really bad noisy GRRR on a fretted bass cause u mayby touched the frets too close. a fretless for me just seems to be way more independant and inspirating.
    but im getting offtrack :)
    what i wanted to say was:
    i have a pretty nice squier jazz bass with a really warm sound and i have my little thumb slap machine with that kick ass warwick grooowwl.
    what im searching is a bass to connect both parts. i dont want it to be too soft but since i need a really good sustain and i stay on one note for quiet sometime on a fretless i want to have sth that is pretty warm. i was thinking a bout a corvette $$ NT fl , Katana fl or dophin fl. what would u say?
    ohh and what i was also thinking:
    how about a really sweet fretless Marleaux from germany?! that would be really cool. anyways i hope u can give me some tips im also pretty open for other brands but mainly im a warwick type ;)
    thx
    Cheers
    Stenger
     
  2. golem

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    It can be a good thing to have your FL match
    one of your fretted basses, one that gets a lot
    of playing time. If you choose a Warwick FL
    this would mean a Thumb FL. Unfortunately,
    the Thumb is known for its rather horizontal
    playing position, which is not ideal for FL but
    it's not ideal for fretted either .... and yet you
    must be accustomed to it since you do play a
    Thumb. I have no interest in a Thumb myself
    as I'm not willing to play so horizontal a neck
    angle, but it certainly has a PU configuration
    well suited to FL, and with its reputation for a
    bright, hot tone, I'd expect it would have an
    excellent FL voice.




     
  3. warwickdread

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    sounds good to me . any other comments?
    the one i tried was a chinese one but with really good quality. rosewood for the neck and mahogany body. piezo pick ups. nt 5 string but the low b changed to high c. which works more for me too..
     
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    Mahogany body and piezo PUs ? That's a
    very good combination for FL. Did it have
    both magnetic and piezo, or soley piezo ?

    You say you want endless sustain ? If it
    has magnetic and piezo together, lower
    the mag PUs to reduce magnetic drag on
    the strings and rely on the piezo to make
    up for any loss in output that result from
    lowering the mag PU. Piezo is FL nirvana.

    OTOH if it is soley piezo, just buy it now.
    Your shopping will be all done !




     
  5. Le Cowboy De Chernobyl

    Le Cowboy De Chernobyl

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    thumb fretless virtuoso

    JEROEN PAUL THESSELING

    Check out his audio files. Prog death metal and instrumental world music :)
     
  6. Le Cowboy De Chernobyl

    Le Cowboy De Chernobyl

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    Also Casey defretted and epoxied his thumb broadneck. I really like the sound, very sharp, sort of michael manring like, like a thumb with a metal board.
     
  7. warwickdread

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    ok so i get it its the thumb again :p but still havent heard anything about the katana and dolphin yet. any comments on that? im sorry but i cant get to listen to the metal files. id love to but its blocked from my connection. im really hesitating gettin the chinese one but still i would really be thankful to hear sth about dolphin and katana so hit me ;)
     
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    How about a fretless Pedulla? They are widely regarded as one of the best fretless basses, and I can surely attest!
     
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