Yesterday my friend Rafael Espanol let me try his Rondo fretless bass guitar. I liked it. So today I went over to Guitar Center in Gilroy and ordered a fretless Fender Jazz Bass. I should have it in my hot little hands in a couple of days. My wife will complain, but all progress involves some pain. An hour or two of nagging is a small price to pay for a $650 Fender bass.
The biggest advantage of a fretless bass guitar: no fret noise. No making that awful boink sound when your finger hits a fret by mistake. I would rather be a tad sharp or flat when stretching for a note than to hit a fret and make that awful noise.
My bass will look exactly like the one on the left.
If possible, listen to the videos and recordings with head phones, unless you have larger speakers attached to your computer. The small, built-in speakers in most computers cannot reproduce the bass or the warmth of the original recordings.
I play bass guitar and string bass in and around Hollister, California.