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Fretless Fascination

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by DiMarco, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. jester

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    Fretless... Pick... Acoustic... I can't process all of this.

    Some killer stuff right there.
     
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    Pearl Jam is not everyone's cup of tea, but I just thought I'd post this since it is a bit of an unusual context for fretless. That and the sliding harmonics. :)

     
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  3. aguacollas

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    Sounds like crap, but...



    It's really difficult to find good vids, but the late 70s early 80s Paco de Lucia sextet is just amazing. If you like flamenco check 'Paco de Lucia live..One summer night'or 'Live in America' albums, they are creating new fusion music from a very traditional, guitar and voice music. Brilliant.
     
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    Screen Kiss - Thomas Dolby
    Fretless Bass is Matt Selligmann(?)

    He is also on some Morrissey stuff and iirc David Bowie
     
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    I love fretless, I don't have much use for it but when you pick it up it's so hard to put it away.
     
  6. ectoflanger

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    Speaking of sliding harmonics, it just dawned on me that the high pitched notes heard at around 1:36 are Fretless sliding harmonics in this passage of La Femme Nikita-

     
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    Thank you for sharing this. Not every day i come across such an awesome project. ;)
     
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    Back in da 80's "Oil on canvas" from Japan became one of my (all time) favorite records ... one of the reasons why I love(d) that album so much was a distinctive sound that played an important in almost every song ... it was a sound that I had never heard before and back then I really had no clue which instrument they'd used to make that particular sound ... I didn't play music myself yet and there was also no google that could answer my question ... only when I started to (to learn to) play bass (approx. 15 years ago), I eventually found out that it was Mick Karn, playing his fretless Wal bass, who was responsible for the sound that made the music from Japan extra special to me ...



    by-da-way: I have never played on a fretless bass, can't even remember if I ever touched one in da flesh ... I never touch/try/play a bass/guitar/whatever that is owned by someone else, simply because I am very unhandy and therefore afraid that I might damage it ... and that is not what I want ... :cool:
     
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    Speaking of Japan- I first heard of them reading a Guitar Player article on Mick Karn in the late-80’s. I used to have Gentleman Take Polaroids until I loaned it to someone. Mick played a Travis Bean and later switched to the Wal Fretless-



     
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    Bakithi Kumalo !





     
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    Mark Egan on this Arcadia track



    Mark Egan and the Pedulla Pentabuzz

     
  12. ectoflanger

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    Eddie Branch playing on Peter Murphy’s Cuts You Up

     
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    Percy Jones on Brand X’s Don’t Make Waves

     
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    The inimitable David Gilmour playing a Schecter Fretless P-bass on this track-

     
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    A tune by Gary Willis. Notice his emphasis on dynamics reflected in the composition:

     
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    Gary Willis has a very typical way of playing : his amps and basses are turned extremely high on gain and volume. But he plays sooooo softly, that every dynamic move is emphasized. This plus his three fingers technique makes a very distinctive tone.

    Bakithi Kumalo is a monster, too. the sound of hte bass on Graceland hass been a staple in Bass History.
    I personnaly have difficulties with fretless. Intonation is the first one. Like DiMarco, my first bass was a fretless (Washbuen Force ABT, all black), and the reason I bought it was because it looked sooooo cool black with the black fingerboard. No one told me the difference, of course.
    I tried with other fretlesses, (Washburn Double Neck Bantam, SpectorCore, Squier VM... ) but none stayed very long (The SpectorCore was awesome, but way too nice for my playing. It felt odd playing it). As of today I have a " VINTAGE GUITARS V74MRJP BASS ICON FRETLESS" which is fantastic. Relic'ed , cheap, but a fantastic tone for less than 300€. I love it.
     
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    Remco is a beast! I highly encourage you all to watch everyone of his videos!
     
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    Gary is such a beast. One of my favorite players. Have been lucky enough to see Tribal Tech live several times, they don't disappoint. Scott has to have one of the most unique guitar tones ever.
     
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    Icehouse "I Don't Believe Anymore" live at The Ritz in 1986- the studio version featured Guy Pratt, in this case it's touring gun Glenn Krawczyk on a lined fretless XL2-

     
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