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New bass day! Fender Tony Franklin Precision


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I recently sold my Ibanez BTB405QM, and am in the process of selling the cheap fretless because in both cases I literally hadn't played them in over 8 years. I wanted a better fretless, I wanted a P/J configuration and I wanted a Precision. Started looking around a bit and I realized the Tony Franklin would cover all those basses in one :) It helps that I've wanted one since 2009.

 

Looked around for a second-hand one but the only one available had a suspicious crack in the fretboard, right above the truss rod. Then I looked at the website of the shop where I bought my Fender Jazz and my Squier Precision, and not only did they have one in stock but they offered me a 20% discount! Still a hefty price for an amateur like myself but I took a deep breath, promised my significant other I'd pay back every penny (loaned money from myself) and placed an order.

 

It arrived over the weekend - roughly three weeks earlier than expected! Went to pick it up and got a guitar maintenance kit while I was there. I need a strap too, but didn't like the ones they had in store so I will make due with the one on the Squier.

 

This bass plays like a dream... It's really everything I ever wanted, and more. The neck is less chunky than my Squier Precision, and feels very comfortable. The setup was damn near perfect - very low action. It is strung with roundwounds (anyone know which brand - I assume Fender - and what tension?) which I want to swap for flats or tapewounds, once I have some spare cash.

 

There's a great tonal variety thanks to the three-way toggle, and I am obviously still in the "getting to know each other" phase. Two days ago I managed to only get the mwah when I selected the bridge pickup, but yesterday it was mwah all the way, regardless of what I tried :grin: My technique needs some polishing. Having said that, I found it fairly easy to play in tune a lot of the time. Definitely a lot of clams, too, but I can see myself taking this bass to the next rehearsal (which is 2 weeks from now anyway).

 

This could very well end up being my main bass for the foreseeable future ... I am extremely happy :grin:

 

"I'm a work in progress." Micky Barnes

 

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To be honest, Dan, it does not feel like a P-bass to me. Definitely sounds like one, though! I seriously love it. Neck felt instantly comfortable, playing fretless IS a challenge but it does "work" for me; I have the idea that I am fairly in tune a lot of the time.

 

Somewhat to my surprise, I don't miss the low B-string either, and coming from roughly 16 years of playing 5-string basses almost exclusively, that's saying a lot :D In a sense, this bass feels like coming home. When I got my Jazz bass all those years ago, I was seriously contemplating a Fender MIJ fretless bass they had in store, and decided against it in favour of the Marcus Miller.

 

And yes, I will try and post some pics :D

"I'm a work in progress." Micky Barnes

 

The Ross Brown Shirt World Tour

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Health to play it David. I play almost nothing but fretless these days. I have my Overwater Perception Pro Plus and the RD bodied special I built myself when at a week's tutoring with John Shuker.

 

I try & play them alternately.

 

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Yesterday I played my Jazz bass again for the first time since I got the Tony Franklin. My oh my, what a difference. It's decidedly heavier, and having frets took a second to get used to. The B-string still felt natural, on the other hand :)

 

I will try and make a habit of alternating between the two, but fretless just feels so ... right. Still have a LOT of work to do, intonation-wise because I think I am always slightly off. But within tolerable levels, to my ears :grin:

"I'm a work in progress." Micky Barnes

 

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Listening to recordings from last Monday's rehearsal. A few things I notice:

 

1. This bass sits in the mix very well.

2. I have pretty decent intonation on some songs.

3. I have terrible intonation on some songs.

 

Overall, playing fretless does seem to add something to our sound. We're a bass/drum/guitar/vocals + blues harp four piece and I am slowly getting the hang of the mwah-aspect. It's tons of fun to play, and I don't miss the low B quite as much as I would have expected.

 

"I'm a work in progress." Micky Barnes

 

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Looking forward to hearing more reports as the band gels and you start gigging. And the intonation will get better as time and rehearsals go by. until that first gig, and the third beer... then all intonation goes out the window.

 

I've been playing my fretless Jazz in the latest band on several songs. As the guitar player drop-tunes to a low D, I do miss that low B string. I've tried dropping to D myself, both here and in another band; I'm just not digging it. Time to win the lottery so that I can get the fretless 5 string I've been saying I'll get for far too many years.

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As the guitar player drop-tunes to a low D, I do miss that low B string. I've tried dropping to D myself, both here and in another band; I'm just not digging it.

 

Indeed. But I've never been a fan of the tone of a low B. If I were to re-calibrate my internal chakra, I'd tune my basses D, G, C, F, Bb. B is too low and E isn't low enough.

 

 

Things are just the way they are, and they're only going to get worse.

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Imagine the fun of one of my past band, where the guitar player did everything tuned down a half step; often with the lowest string dropped another full step; and occasionally on 7-string guitar with the lowest dropped to Ab, as well.

 

Yes, at times I felt obsolete, and just a rumbly, muddy splotch in the sonic landscape.

"Am I enough of a freak to be worth paying to see?"- Separated Out (Marillion)

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