Guard of the Fortress
- Jul 6, 2017
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Hey guys, just wanted to ask, which and how many positions you like best for a fretless Bass?
So this would be the Fortress Masterman PU configuration but a little more near to the bridge.
Voted for single near bridge. Poll doesn’t allow me to specify “twins jammed together and tight against the bridge” ... which is obviously the ONLY reasonable FL mag PU configuration.
OTOH I’m not really that picky about the mag PU configuration cuz I just turn it way down and open up the piezos.
Just not at all right for an FL oriented poll to include “don’t give ashit about FL”, but then neglect to include “don’t give ashit about mag PUs”. It’s just Not Right.
I just got a close look at the pic of that ax with the swinging PU. Way cool design but for myself I’d put the pivot on the other end. I’m less concerned where the PU hears the low strings ... although I’d put pivot near the bridge ... but I want the higher strings to sound deeper if my key keeps my hand in the mid-neck region, so I’d swing the PU close to the neck.
I think it is personal. And it is all about the mwah level and control of it, other than this, is just a bass.I didn’t change anything at the Buzzard 8 string fretless. Mirrored P-pus, the „old“ 2 way electronics for more output. The reason is that I also want the same sound as on my BuzzTard. But would a mid frequency switch make sense? Is there a preferred frequency for fretless playing?
I think it is personal. And it is all about the mwah level and control of it, other than this, is just a bass.
I personally like a fretless that does not sound at all like a fretless, except when I want it to sound like a fretless, does it make any sense? Thumb and Streamer LX give me that. I want mwah, I pick closer to the neck, I roll the left hand, etc. I want straight dry notes, I have them too.
I think a Jbass or a Pbass type will have more like an "always on" mwah
I never played a fretless until a year ago, I was too scared of it. Started with big ass stickers, then slownly removed them. Never considered to have a great ear. Still, somehow I was spot on, because as @golem said, the fretless bass gives you the chance to play with the context, and nothing is really in tune on stage. And I tracked for an album, and I cheated a bit by using melodyne to tune here and there. You know what? 90% of times it was the open strings out of tune, not the fretted ones
The right amount of mwah in the right part of the song is beautiful in a rock band. Whitesnake comes to my mind straight away, and of course, our brother, master @JPT with his work. I became addicted of playing fretless in my last year. The only thing you lose is slap, which is not that great on a fretless, but I don't really use it anyway. In return, you gain a ton of new weapons in your articulation arsenal, and fuller stronger sound with no fret buzz.Right. I today played the whole rehearsal with my cheap Rockbass fretless. It sounds shayte on the most tracks because it lacks attack. And in a Rock formation you mostly don’t need the „mwah“ but the „dumm“! My 1986 Thumb offers both. Attack when I play straight, fretless sound when I roll the fingers a bit. I just don’t know the secret. The fretless has the same pu configuration as the fretted.
.I mean the secret why the Thumb NT4 is that good for fretless sounds. The pus are at the same position as the fretted version has.