this 1958 vintage Tesco Del Rey bass guitar
Schecter Model-T Session Bass Guitar Features
Swamp Ash Body
Maple Neck with Maple Fingerboard
Bolt-on Neck Construction
Graph Tech XL Black Tusq Nut
Grover Vintage Bass 142 Series Tuners
EMG P and J Pickups
Schecter Model-T Session Bass Guitar Specifications
Country of Origin: South Korea
Body Material: Swamp Ash
Top Contour: Flat Top
Neck Material: Maple
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Inlays: Ebony Side Blocks, Side Dot Markers
Scale: 34 inches (863mm)
Frets: 22 Narrow X-Jumbo
Fingerboard Radius: 12 inches (305mm)
Neck Shape: Thin ‘C’
Thickness: at 1st Fret- .826 inch (21mm)/ at 12th Fret- .905 inch (23mm)
Nut: Graph Tech XL Black Tusq
Nut Width: 1.653 inches (42mm)
Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable Rod w/ 5/32 inch (4mm) Allen Nut
Bridge Pickup: EMG J
Neck Pickup: EMG P
Controls: Master Volume/Blend/2-Band EMG Active E/Q
Battery Compartment: 18-volt w/Screw Plate
Hardware Color: Black
Bridge: Schecter Custom Bass String Thru (or Top Load)
Tuners: Grover Vintage Bass 142 Series
Knobs: Metal Knurled w/ Set Screw
Strings: Ernie Ball 4 String Super Long #2849 (.045-.105)
There Could be a time when you might want to change to B.E.A.D. Tuning on your 4 string bass guitar.
If you do not have a hip-shot De-Tuner or a 5 string bass, There is a good possibility you might
get the want or need situation to go lower,
Some music was just written to be played below what they call standard tuning. That`s E.A.D.G. Tuning i am referring to
as standard tuning. Some Bass players just tune their standard tuned 4 string bass down from E.A.D.G. to B.E.A.D.
But sometimes this can cause less than perfect results. Some bass guitars or bass necks were not built
to be tuned like this, If you go down in tuning the strings get so loose that there is
little response when you pluck notes with fingers and using a pick is impossible almost.
Make for very clumsy slow playing, But If you happen to have a de-tuner device installed on your Bass this task can be made easy,
This subject is more suited for a review on Hip – shot De -Tuners .
which I have no time for right now.
But what i do want to touch on is totally De-tuning your whole 4 string bass and make it sound and play like a 5 string, But with 4 strings.
This method is designed to be more permanent than just a de-tuner. And it involves a expense of another set of strings,
It also requires you either wanting your bass to be de-tuned to B E A D Tuning for some time or change the strings
every time you want this sound. What others have done including me is install this setup on a extra 4 string bass you might happen to have.
That way you have it always available as needed. Instead of just re-tuning your 4 string to B E A D ,
You instead get yourself a set of 5 string bass strings with the low B string included, And remove the E A D G Set you currently have installed on your bass.
Here Is a bit of guitar tech advice i recommend first you will find the B string in your 5 string set of strings is alot thicker
or fatter than the current E string thats on the bass now ,So we have to fix this,
After removing the old strings,
You need to take a file about the right size as the B string of the new set of strings and your going to need to file the nut slot for the
B string to make it wider. To hold the B string in the nut without cracking or breaking the nut which is a common problem when doing this mod.
take your time and do a nice job its not very complicated to get this done but if your a bit weary about doing this kind of work to your guitars,
By all means take it to the shop. Dont want any mishaps when trying to get this done.
Now you might be thinking this is kinda a pain in the ass just to be able to de-tune your bass. And your right.. But if your looking for this sound and.
Your not ready to just go buy A 5 String This is the best option. The reason for the string change is
a Low B String is about 130 or or 135 gauge and a low E String is normally is about 100 if you tune that 100 gauge E string to B its either
going to be to much slack or way too much tension Either way it will be hard to play and really slow you down.
But the low B string is perfect for this B sound as it was made for it.
Now you could just look around and just get a B string and swap it out with the Low E, and move the rest on down the line, And be done but I like my strings to match.
But what we really want to do here is open the new set of 5 strings your going to have a low (fat) B string this will replace your low E (top) string on your 4 string bass. Then next comes your E string it will go second string down from top, Next is your A string 3rd string down from top. And finally your D string will go on the bottom, That`s right you will not need the G string but save it could come in handy some time. Now All that is left is to tune up to B E A D And start loving the low sounds you now have.
When you get this done your going to love the sounds you can make it will open a bunch of possibility`s, For your bass playing. I Was left with the one question of “Why did I wait so long”? I really do love playing in the lower note area.
Give It a Try
Stay Low The Player
Headway Japan bass
Looks and sounds like a Kubicki without the price tag
These Go For About 800.00 used
Kona Jazz Bass Has A Nice straight playable neck With good jazz bass pickups.
These are a good inexpensive Jazz Bass if your learning or just low on the cash
Now here is a Bass thats been there done that. This thing gigged for 45 years And The road worn look is real.
My 72 p bass….all the road work shows on this bass…45 years of gigs….the neck is to die for….
Serial Number right there looking to get 3500.00
Despite the fact that frets were added to lutes and sitars centuries ago, the acoustic bass (also known as the “really big cello”) is still fretless today. And if it wasn’t for Leo Fender, the electric bass would be fretless too.
So there is a lot of history behind playing fretless. However, from the 50s through the 80s, it was very rare to find fretless players in rock bands. The goal was to get that solid, punchy sound and increase the sustain. And given the increased volume on stage, playing fretless was probably very risky, as you couldn’t hear yourself.
But as the 90s progressed, musicians became more interested in returning their sound to “the old days,” while looking for a distinctive tone. The acoustic guitar made a big comeback in rock, thanks to improved pickups and pre-amps. And the fretless bass made a quiet return as well. Tony Franklin made fretless fit on a hard-rock album with The Firm. And Kevin McCormack practically invented the early Melissa Etheridge sound with his slap & pop fretless work.
Others who play fretless include:
Sting, Mark Egan, Bill Wyman, Ron Carter, Mike Karn, Pino Paladino, Boz Burrell, Rick Danko(!), Jack Bruce (but not in Cream), John Deacon, Percy Jones, Steve diGiorgio, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Ament, Baghiti Khumato (Paul Simon’s Graceland). Thanks to the gang at ActiveBass for helping to compile this list.
What’s the Difference?
As explained in Tone Loco, the absence of a hard fret to anchor one end of the string causes the highest frequencies to be reduced. In addition, the string vibrating under your softer fingertip will have less sustain. In an upright bass, this creates a slightly thumpy sound, with little sustain. If you listen to some classic jazz, you may notice the bass player accentuating the lack of sustain by muting the strings, isolating each note.
Modern fretless basses benefit from better strings and pickups, so the tone is not quite so limited, and reasonable sustain can be achieved. I can get either a round, smooth sound or a warm, sax-like tone from my Jazz bass with my silk-wound strings. I often select my fretless just to get the best tone that matches the song. If you install round-wounds you can even get a bright rock sound.
Of course, the biggest difference is that you have to figure out almost exactly where to put your fingers to fret the note perfectly. Most fretless necks have locating dots on them at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 12th frets, but even then it can be difficult to locate the right spot for the 1st or 11th fret. This requires a reasonably good ear, and practice. However, it’s not overly difficult to learn how to adjust.
Some necks come with fret lines embedded in the neck, usually with a similar piece of wood going cross-ways where the fret should be. I’ve even seen a neck where the fret lines were done with a maple (white) stripe across a rosewood neck. It looked ugly to me, but at least you know where to put your fingers.
Slip Sliding Away
One of the really fun things to do with a fretless is to slide. As shown in Two by Two, the bass riff for Walk on the Wild Side just begs for fretless sliding. But you can also replace a hammer-on with a slide. Sliding is always noticed (which is why trombones are cool, too), even when playing simple notes, so use it carefully. But, it can really improve a boring transition.
Remember that when you slide up, the volume gets louder, and when you slide down it gets softer.
Also, you can get a tremolo effect by wobbling your fingertip up and down the neck, just like the violinists do. (Hey, they play fretless too!) Be aware that this can reduce your sustain a bit.
Ever notice how lead guitarists bend their strings? Ever try to bend your bass strings? It’s very difficult. But with a fretless, you can get the ¼ and ½ pitch changes by sliding up only part way to the next fret location.
It Just cannot be done with frets, So Have some fun with it …You dont know yet
What You Have not discovered, Right ?
In the current musical climate, slap and pop depend on bright strings and extreme EQ to produce a jangly noise created by banging the strings on the frets. But there are times when you may use these techniques for speed and range, not just to cut through the noise. Besides, you can still get a very cool sound by slapping on your fretless, as the string hits the entire length of the neck. It’s not going to be as “metallic” as a fretted bass, but it’ll be a sound change you will definitely notice.
And with some practice you can come up with some pet sounds of your own
to add a special and unique sound to your fretless playing, Just keep at it and before long
you will demand your fretless for certain songs….
Some inventive individual has even designed a piece of brass to use as a strike plate. It mounts at the bottom of the neck, rising a tiny fraction of an inch above the surface so as not to buzz the strings when playing normally. I have not heard this, I read about it somewhere,
but it is an intriguing idea.
Some info I want to pass on :
For fretless Bass`s
I recommend a Jazz-style bass, as the two pick-ups give you much more flexibility for your tone.
However, the classic P-bass and other single pick-up designs may match that certain sound you’re looking for. Read How to Buy a Bass Guitar for details.
Some people claim that you should never use round-wound strings with a fretless bass, because they chew up the neck. This is only partially true. If your fretboard is made of ebony or maple, then it won’t matter, as these are extremely hard woods. If you have rosewood or other material on your neck, you may find that round-wounds will leave grooves in it.But it takes a lot of slaps before any noticable grooves appear in your fret board, Its not a overnight thing.
Of course, since you’re going to be sliding a bit, round-wounds may be a bit tough on your fingers. Ground-wounds, half-rounds, or flat-wounds are good. Traditionalists think that a single pick-up and flat-wound strings will give you that “classic” thumpy sound. I use silk-wrapped round-wound strings, which are brighter than flats or nylon tape wound, and feel nice under my fingers. Read the rest of this site for a more technical discussion of strings and how they affect tone.
Freedom from Frets
I would never recommend a fretless bass as your first instrument, but when you start to get a little bored with your fretted bass, don’t buy another fretted one; consider going fretless. I think it’s the perfect second bass, as it will broaden the range of music you can and want to play. And its like owning a whole different instrument,
And the best part
You already know how to play it
Now get out and start sliding around the neck Loosen Up and “Go Fretless”
Here are a couple fantastic Bass Guitars we are listing them together to just compare a bit
The one on the left is the Gibson its a 1973 EB3 Model very nice and im sure it plays well. Used condition asking for 1500.00
The one on the right is a 1975 model made in Japan by Aria, Both basss have a two pickup configuration. On the used Market these go for about 500 – 600 bucks depending on condition thats if you get lucky enough to even find one. Personally i would take the Aria ! Just because of the factory in Japan who built these Has a great reputation for building amazing Bass`s.