De-fretted/Fretless 5 String Fender Jazz Bass
bought this bass in 2000 and later had it de-fretted at Doyle’s Broadway Music in Boise, ID in 2004. There are fretmarkers in place of the frets. I’ve used roundwound strings on the bass ever since I had it de-fretted, so there is a little wear on the neck. I have just gotten the bass professionally set up by Portland bass luthier David King and have put on brand new Ernie Ball Super Slinky roundwound bass strings.
There are a few dings and chips from over a decade of use, but the majority of the bass still looks great. The bass is a bit heavy, but I’d say it’s worth it just to have a five string fretless! There is still some buzz on the A and D strings past the 16th fret.
Anyways, the bass is far from perfect, but it’d be perfect for someone that wants to mess around on a fretless bass and get their fretless chops together. Plus it’s a 5 string and looks beautiful! I had it de-fretted when I was younger so I could play a bunch of Primus songs and you can definitely get that Les Claypool sound out of this bass