I have been playing bass for as long as Tony Blair’s grin has been ruling* this country (or thereabouts) and for a few years now, I’ve been wondering where to go next. I considered a five-string, but whenever I’ve tried them out, I have been distinctly unmoved.
Going to fretless seemed like a suitable challenge, and a skill which I will be justifiably proud of, once mastered.
I introduce to you, the Aria Sinsonido AS-690B (fretless). Very light, and has an awful lot in common with an electric upright bass, most notably the piezo pickups built into the bridge. As the gentleman in the shop correctly pointed out, most people who go shopping for a fretless bass are looking for a double bass sound, and this instrument has it in spades.
Very reasonably priced, as well. Which means that I’ve already saved up for the next one.
I also want to know why no-one ever told me about Denmark Street before.
*for want of a better word