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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fretless basses - J or P?

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

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Jan 19th, 2019 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Am I correct in thinking that most of the fretless basses I've seen have been Js? If so, are there reasons beyond Jaco?

Te 52

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Jan 19th, 2019 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

A fretless bass is automatically going to have a more muted tone than a fretted because of the damping induced by the left hand fingertip and because they are usually strung with flats.

That doesn't bother me, because I use my fretless P to emulate the sound of an upright bass. But some may want the option to bring back more brightness by using the J's bridge pickup.

And there's always the option of a fretless P-J like the Fender Tony Franklin model.


the far country

Jan 20th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

In the seventies, fretless Ps were more common. Nowadays they do seem to be mostly Js.
I’ve got a frankenfretless made of a Tony Franklin neck on a mim active deluxe J body. Really allows fora nice tone by boosting mids. It has Labella flats.


the far country

Jan 20th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by jeffthebass at 11:10 PM, Jan 20th, 2019)


Jan 24th, 2019 02:41 AM   Edit   Profile  


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