New or Used:
4 - Good
3 - Okay
5 - Great
4 - Good
I arranged to have this fretless bass built by the luthier Steve Wishnevsky of Winston-
Salem, North Carolina. We discussed the specifics and agreed on the price. The final deal was that he would build the bass, but not do the finish work or ship it. I picked it up from his shop and did all of the final finish work myself.
As a result I saved $125 off the list price of the bass. The bass is a neck-through, string-through fretless with one vintage Danelectro pup and a volume knob. The neck is made of 3 pieces of maple with two stringers of purpleheart. The wings are poplar and the fingerboard is locust. It has Grover mini-tuners which really hold well. As a result the only metal on this bass is the pup, wiring, tuners and a brushed aluminum cavity cover. The bridge is a single piece of composite material that must be moved by hand to adjust intonation.
I sanded the bass using three different grades of paper. I then used tack-cloth to ensure it was perfectly clean. The final step was applying two coats of Min-Wax Finishing Paste Wax to protect the wood and to bring out a very hard shine. I replaced the strings with a set of Rotosound Tapewraped flats and the bass produces a very woody growl.
The bass looks unusual and may not appeal to players used to the familiar look of Fender or other mass produced guitars. However, the balance is perfect, the tone is warm with an almost double-bass like sound, and I now have a fretless bass unlike anyone elses. With Wishbass, no two basses are ever alike.
I played a number of fretless basses that can be found at large music stores but chose to have this bass built. The price was certainly affordable, the look fit my sense of style, and the sound is surprisingly good.
Pictures Before and After Finish