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    Fender Player Fretless Jazz Bass Pau Ferro Fingerboard
    Your Price $674.99
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    Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass
    Your Price $299.99
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    Rogue LX200BF Fretless Series III Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $109.99 Was:  $149.99
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    Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Studio-5 Fretless Bass
    Your Price $879.00
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    Ibanez SR375EF 5-String Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $449.99
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    Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass
    Your Price $1,699.99
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    Ibanez Bass Workshop SRF700 Portamento 4-String Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $899.99
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    Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Session-4 Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $629.00
  9. Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Session-5 Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $669.00
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    Ibanez Bass Workshop SRH500F Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $699.99
  11. Ibanez SR370EF 4-String Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $399.99
  12. Dean Edge 4 Flame Top Fretless Electric Bass
    Your Price $799.00
  13. Ibanez Bass Workshop SRH505F Fretless 5-String Electric Bass
    Your Price $749.99
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    Fender American Professional Fretless Jazz Bass Rosewood Fingerboard
    From Price $1,499.99
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    NS Design CR4 Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $2,499.00 Was:  $2,695.00
  16. NS Design CR5 RADIUS Fretless Bass Guitar
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    Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Studio-4 Fretless Bass
    Your Price $799.00
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    Fender Jaco Pastorius Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar
    Your Price $1,799.99
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    Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Precision Bass
    Your Price $299.99
  20. MTD Kingston Z6 6-String Fretless Ebony Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $1,449.00
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    Fender Custom Shop Jaco Pastorius Relic Jazz Bass
    Your Price $4,900.00
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    MTD Kingston KZ Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $1,339.00
  23. Ibanez SR1200FL Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $549.99
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    Nashua, NH
  24. Ibanez SRH505F Electric Bass Guitar
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    Winter Park, FL
  25. Supro 2042 HUNTINGTON II Electric Bass Guitar
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    Brea, CA
  26. Fender 2007 Standard Jazz Bass Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $479.99
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    Detroit, MI
  27. Carvin 2010s PB4 Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $899.99
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    Grand Rapids, MI
  28. Fender American Deluxe V3 Jazz Bass Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  29. Ibanez SR370EF Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $299.99
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    Lancaster, PA
  30. Ibanez GWB105 GARY WILLIS FRETLESS Electric Bass Guitar
    Your Price $1,199.99
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    Overland Park, KS
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One of the ancestors of the modern bass guitar is the traditional upright double bass. Classical music has been taking advantage of its rich sounds for generations, and the unique qualities of the acoustic bass are finding their way into rock, pop and plenty of other genres on the modern stage. By taking out the metal frets, a fretless electric bass allows you to play the classic instrument's smooth, sliding notes with the look and feel of a present-day bass guitar. A great example of this ability is "Boy in the Bubble," where Paul Simon shows off the effect of gliding from one note to another, creating a dynamic and melodious effect that wouldn't be possible with metal frets in the way. It's also a great way for a bassist to challenge him or herself, since the lack of frets makes finger positioning more important to getting the right sound—a sound that, with the strings contacting wood instead of metal, has a warmer, richer character than a fretted bass.

Naturally, many of the choices you'll make in choosing a fretless electric bass are the same ones you would with a fretted instrument. Body material is the standout example, with options including the outstanding harmonies of ash, technical talents of basswood or the warmth and smoothness of mahogany, among others. Also important are the bass' pickups, using either a passive design for classic vintage sound or active pickups for clarity and brightness. If you're an ambitious player, you'll be glad to know that the fretless bass also comes in five-string varieties. This style was popularized by Fender in the 60s and uses an extra string to expand the range of the bass. With a fretless 5-string bass, you can take advantage of that added voice together with the potential of the smooth fingerboard to develop your own amazing techniques to play your best solos yet. Whatever the combination of tonewood, pickups and design, the fretless electric bass is a powerful addition to any band's sound. By taking the smooth fingerboard of its orchestral ancestor and combining it with the easy-to-handle layout of today's bass guitar, this instrument opens up new possibilities for novice and experienced bassists alike.

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