Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine
Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:32 pm
I completely identify with this article. I didn't come at the fretless bass from Jaco Pastorius, it was Pino Palladino in Paul Young's band that caught my attention. At the time, my first wife had become a born again Christian, and I, despite being a confirmed atheist, got roped in to play bass in her local church band. (I'm normally a guitar player). So, I bought a left handed precision copy, then I saw Paul Young on the Tube show and loved the sound of PP's bass. I pulled all the frets from said bass and filled the gaps with Araldite. It worked great, then I thought I'd like one designed to be fretless, so I ordered a custom Manson via a local Nottingham music shop. It was, and is still great, despite suffering a neck break. After that I did get into Jaco, despite having been into jazz rock since the late 70's. Then I found out I'd been listening to Boz Burrell's fretless bass in Bad Company. I don't think that as the article says that fretless bass is a sort of guilty pleasure, the fretless bass covers all bass requirments. Pino Palladino did all the slap bass stuff on his fretless and it sounds great.