A few specific posts seem to have been made about fretless but no general forum for discussion as far as I can see (apologies as always if I’m wrong) so I thought I’d start one for general fretless discussion.
How many Fretless players are there out there and what instruments/ genres do you play?
I do own a fretless at the moment but don’t play it much, it’s something I bought on a whim on Ebay a few years back. it’s just a cheap copy of a Stingray that someone pulled the frets out of and filled the gaps with wood filler. They did a decent job but it’s not great - I guess it was never that great to begin with.
I must admit that my ultimate goal would be to play fretless and although I think it’s far too early in my bass journey to consider buying a ‘proper’ one I keep getting drawn to them on the internet.
I’ve just found an ibanez SRF705 portamento in a UK shop with about 30% off making it even cheaper than the four string version they have and I am getting serious GAS (or is that FAS).
For those of you unaware this is a five string unlined fretless from Ibanez with a piezo pick-up in the bridge to give awesome upright tones as well as twin Bartolini’s. This monster has the equivalent of a 30 (yes THIRTY) fret neck making it’s range a full two and a half octaves.
If i got this I’d be opening myself for a double whammy of challenges - fretless and five strings (I have only ever played four strings). I’d get the four string version of this but as the five string is on sale and cheaper it’s seems daft not to go that route.
I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has played one and also welcome any advice on why I should or should not buy it. Regardless of what anyone says I may just get it whilst it’s on sale to look at until I’m ready for it