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Fed up with carrying a fretless and fretted bass to a gig?

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16 hours ago, Hellzero said:

I prefer this approach :

 

 

Steinberger made a prototype bass with the same system - possibly under license.   The bass was for sale on Ebay over a decade ago. It worked off the idea that the frets would rotate in place and the fretless mode the frets were flat.  It's a fantastic idea apart from one slight hitch, the action in fretless mode is quite high.  Fretless mode could include a zero fret I guess but lowering the bridge saddles would be a bit trickier. 

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15 hours ago, Jean-Luc Pickguard said:

Or you could bring a set of pliers to the gig so you can play the first set fretted and the second fretless

Alternatively, you could remove every other fret and have a combination of fretted and fretless on the same neck. :|

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Years ago I have seen something from Neuser basses, where you pull in and out frets as you need.It was cool bass guitar,and very easy to use.

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3 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

Alternatively, you could remove every other fret and have a combination of fretted and fretless on the same neck. :|

Or seek out that Ibanez thing  that had a fretted E, A, D, & G, then a fretless duplicate D and G string. All on the same neck, of course...

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2 hours ago, bcbass said:

Years ago I have seen something from Neuser basses, where you pull in and out frets as you need.It was cool bass guitar,and very easy to use.

 

 

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I had a few basses with the Neuser NFS. It's a pain in the *ss to set up, but it's working great. It's based on the flat sitar bridge.

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On 11/09/2020 at 19:39, Lfalex v1.1 said:

Or seek out that Ibanez thing  that had a fretted E, A, D, & G, then a fretless duplicate D and G string. All on the same neck, of course...

Wilkes produced half and half basses back in the late seventies. Fretless was above the 9th fret I think. 

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I knew a player who had a 'Magnetic' Fretless finger board he would slap on and off during Gig. 

PS; May have been Novatone System

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On 10/09/2020 at 12:38, Lfalex v1.1 said:

Didn't ZZ Top have something like that?

I think it's got legs...

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Half fretted necks, there were quite a few makers back then. Ibanez Ashula (2 models) was mentioned, too.

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11 hours ago, itu said:

Half fretted necks, there were quite a few makers back then. Ibanez Ashula (2 models) was mentioned, too.

I think Aria did this on the SB series, so in the early 80s. I've seen a special run one with frets 1-7 in and fretless down to the dusty end. 

Personally I just take two basses and have a different effect on my multi fx depending on the bass I use. Or, I just don't wobble the notes on my fretless I'd I don't want that sound, that's the cheapest, easiest and least fun solution 😊

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