I wander into music stores to see what has come in new and used. Usually, it is a quick in and out, but occasionally there is something that catches my attention.
I found a used Godin a4 Ultra fretless Bass for sale for $1499. I picked it up and started playing. This was my first time on a fretless bass. This thing was very sweet. It played so easily. So I put it back and went home to see what I could learn about it.
It seems this is a very well made guitar and that Godin is a quality product. As I did a little more research I found another one online for only $899. The only difference I could determine between the two is that one has a thumb rest and the other does not. I could not get a date of manufacture for either.
Does anyone have any info on these guitars they can share with me about why there would be such a big difference in price and why one has a thumb rest and the other does not.
I look forward to your replies and appreciate any help.
They are different year for sure. Guitar center is definitely terrible with their listings.
The A4 without the thumb rest is about below the going price of $1000 and the newer one with the rest are about avg going price. I’ve seen some as low as $1200.
I too, have been looking to get one if/when a good deal comes along. A few months ago a fretted one came by and the seller dropped the price all the way down to $550. It has a shorter factory thumb rest and 13 pin connection for some reason I didn’t jump on it fast enough, I was hoping it would drop to $500 before pulling the trigger, lol.
I know I wasn’t questioning you, I just thought the idea of a fretless Precision bass seems like a bit of a contradiction in terms. The Precision bass was, after all, introduced as a fretted, “more precise” alternative to the “less precise”, fretless double bass. But it’s a philosophical question, and Fender tends to categorize their instruments based on body type