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A fretted/fretless concept


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Having played around with the new Tune bass, it occurred to me that the high frets (say, 17 to 24) on the B string are basically useless. And the E string ain't all that wonderful on those frets either.

 

So... why not have those frets flattened down to the fingerboard in that area? It would allow some fretless effect over almost an octave, without having to have a separate fretless neck. And it would take a region that's probably not used often by many players, and give them reason to use it.

 

I'm not about to start customizing this bass. But perhaps some builder/repair guy might see this, and experiment with it...

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It is something that has been done-- a quick search finds a guitar using the concept:

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can't seem to find the basses I've seen, but they're out there. I've seen some with no frets above the octave area, and at least one with frets on the lowest strings but none above a certain point on the top strings.

 

Certainly an interesting concept... let us know how you make out.

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Originally posted by SteveC:

I'm waiting for someone to have a neck that with the flip of a switch, the frets lower down to fingerboard level and - viola - fretless bass. Th efrets are no fretlines and you can "mwah" to your hearts content.

This has also been done. A big dial at the end of the (headless) neck elevated and lowered the frets.

 

HERE

 

http://www.steinbergerworld.com/special/xm2fl2.jpg

 

http://www.steinbergerworld.com/special/xm2fl3.jpg

 

http://www.steinbergerworld.com/special/xm2fl4.jpg

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Originally posted by zeronyne:

Originally posted by SteveC:

[qb]I'm waiting for someone to have a neck that with the flip of a switch, the frets lower down to fingerboard level and - viola - fretless bass. Th efrets are no fretlines and you can "mwah" to your hearts content.

This has also been done. A big dial at the end of the (headless) neck elevated and lowered the frets.

HERE

 

Awesome concept. I haven't seen those pics in a while. My guess though, is that with every twist of that knob, you get a twist in the neck.

 

On the original topic:

I would miss those frets dearly. I use that area of the (fretted) neck all the time. I guess it's the result of not picking up a book or having anyone teach me anything the first year I played. And by the way, you can still slide your hand down the neck with frets if you desire. Not the same as fretless, agreed, but still quite musical. Playing the same notes on different strings and playing trills(?) give things a different feel and mood.

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Originally posted by Gospel5string:

wow. You guys seem to thwart every new idea.

 

How about a fretless bass that has frets drawn in so that people can have a defined reference point no matter where they are.

 

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If I was going to do a partial fretless neck, I'd rather have the frets removed up to the 12th, since the majority of your playing is done in that area. Thet way you still have your upper frets in the area of the neck where intonation becomes more and more crucial. It would mwah like a fretless, and slap like a fretted.
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Damn, I had never seen that.

 

This idea must be impractial though, or more people would be working it. I would think that the ability to go from fretted to fretless and back with the same bass would be a hot item. Look at most of us, we have a number of basses to do different things. If we could get it all in one, look at the money we would save by not buying all these basses....

 

I get it....

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For me, the logic was this:

- unlike the ADG strings, the B string is too fat to be able to be depressed between fret22 and fret23

- that being the case, an exact intonation for that A# is not easily achieved

- since that note is much more easily achievable on every other string, it's highly unlikely most folks are trying for it there.

 

So you eliminate frets just under those two strings, under those particular fretlines. As I said in the first post, it's just an idea. And it's no surprise that it's been done already; musicians & instrument makers are quite a creative lot :)

Originally posted by butcherNburn:

I would miss those frets dearly. I use that area of the (fretted) neck all the time. I guess it's the result of not picking up a book or having anyone teach me anything the first year I played.

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Originally posted by Raven:

Actually, you can. If the neck is set up right, it works fine. A friend of mine has a 6-string with the first 9 frets pulled, and has no problem with it fretting out. The action is a little high for me, but he likes it.

Personally, when I play fretless, I don't want any frets at all.

Are you saying that when he plays C# on the E string, it doesn't play D? His action must be 1" off of the fretboard!

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