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Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:01:55 PM »
I've recently bought a fretless bass. I used to play fretless in a few bands many moons ago and I had the idea of returning to it with a view to exploring some more ambient excursions, than what I used to do with the bass. I like the idea of using instruments not normally associated with ambient.


Here's the one I got:



It's very nice, I'm left-handed, but I've only ever played right-handed basses, so I can adapt to playing it upside down. It takes some playing though and I intentionally bought one with fret markers !
I had the idea of using it to increase my 'sonic palette' and I am planning a more 'overt' guitar ambient album later this year. I need to knuckle down and play it a lot before I become the next Patrick O' Hearn :)

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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 02:37:32 PM »
Nice. I've thought about getting a bass at some point myself.

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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 03:38:22 PM »
Nice looking bass, Pete! 

I have a japanese circa 2000 fretless jazz bass.  Someday it'll find it's way into a tune or two.
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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 03:50:20 AM »
Hi Pete - nice looking bass, you should really enjoy coaxing sounds out of it.



Here is mine....I find it really nice for making ambient music

can be heard on:
http://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/strands-v

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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 04:21:10 AM »
Thats a good looking bass Pete....beautiful wood.  Loved bass guitar though I dont play.  Rickenbacher are a name I grew up with used in my favorite bands, Rush and Yes.

Interesting adventure to incorporate the playing and sound into ambient compositions.
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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 06:00:06 AM »
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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2016, 06:46:45 AM »
Thanks for the interest fellers !

Seren, I'II check out your album, we may be thinking on similiar lines. I take it you must be pretty adept to use an umarked (fret markers) fretless ! 

This guy is doing some good things with an ebow and fretless:



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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2016, 07:58:40 AM »
The red one is my fretless.  Love that thing though I do not play it well. 

left to right:  fender jaguar hh guitar, g&l l1000 bass, fender fretless jazz bass, gibson grabber, 1960 gretsch corvette (I permanently loaned that to my nephew.)

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Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 11:51:42 AM »
Seren, I'II check out your album, we may be thinking on similiar lines. I take it you must be pretty adept to use an umarked (fret markers) fretless ! 

Yep - I'm an expert me! ! ! :o - err, no, I play around with it until It's tuned with a sound I like to begin with and then go by ear.....

I've been in the process of moving and only wired up the studio in it's new home over the weekend so yet to get stuck into anything.

I've had to buy a new computer (PC was on last legs) and get new music software (Sonar Artist) as my Sonar 5 would not run on windows 10....

...a salutary lesson for everyone - never throw away your old software discs - sometimes they contain things no longer available (in this instance a Lexicon reverb plug in....) I'm thinking of getting it off ebay to get the reverb back.....

Back to the bass - enjoy and let us know how it goes.