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Unread 08-20-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Fretless bass in worship

I'm developing GAS for a fretless bass.
Probably won't get one soon, but may do it down the road some time.

I like to slide between notes, and some songs just lend themselves to it.

I like how that works on a fretless--

So any thoughts or comments on fretless bass in worship--or just fretless bass in general as well.

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Unread 08-20-2012, 01:42 AM   #2
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I've been playing my fretless 5 in church lately.

piezo bridge for really woody stand up bass sounds and a regular H/B for more electric sounds.

that's her in the middle.



when I made it I inlayed maple lines where the frets would be as guides, but I'm amazed at how rarely I look near them between finger memory and my ears, the fingers always seem to end up in the right places........
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I switch back and forth between fretted and fretless six-strings at church. The fretless "mwah" fits really well in a lot of more mellow songs that lend themselves to melodious lines.
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Thanks for the responses.


It probably won't happen soon, but this gathering steam, and could be the next instrument I buy.

But who knows?

In the meantime it's fun to consider.
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I use my fretless Jazz quite a bit, and not just for slower, mellower songs either......it has a really nice growl when digging in on an up-tempo song.
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I use my fretless Jazz quite a bit, and not just for slower, mellower songs either......it has a really nice growl when digging in on an up-tempo song.
If I got one I would most likely use it for the whole service when I play.
Our set up would make it tricky to switch basses mid-service
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I only take one bass to church.
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I only take one bass to church.
I pretty much leave my main three basses at my church. It's too much stuff to haul (along with my pedalboard) back and forth from home whenever I play, especially since I normally don't have time to play at home.
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I pretty much leave my main three basses at my church. It's too much stuff to haul (along with my pedalboard) back and forth from home whenever I play, especially since I normally don't have time to play at home.
That would be kind of tough for me, as we rent, we don't have our own building.
And I like my one bass close at hand.
Plus I don't play every week...

But if you can leave stuff there, then cool.
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I have a 410 cab at home and one at the church.....I just haul my rack and basses back and forth, but I only live like 5 blocks from the church so it's no big deal.
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my Trace Elliot head and speaker cab live in church.

because I chop and change so much with instruments, I always keep them at home because who knows what crazy thing I'll have built by next week?
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Funny how these threads can develop into other things--and that's cool here.

I played guitar today--it's been a while since I did that in the service.
(Christmas I think)

I enjoyed it.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 08:41 AM   #13
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If you were only going to play a fretless on occasion it doesn't really matter what bass you get. The reasons is that there is not really any intonnation problems on a fretless!!!

If a fretless were my main axe I would buy the best I could afford.
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