Did the half rounds chew it up?Things I might try, in general:
Avoid stainless rounds. Pure Nickel would probably be the softest option.
Oil the fretboard if it's not laquered.
Laquer the fretboard.
I haven't used roundwounds on my fretless. The Thomastic flats on there now sound great. Better than the D'Addario half rounds that were on there before.
I've played Brite Flats a long time ago, but not on a fretless. At the time I was strictly a roundwound guy, and the brite flats just didn't do it for me. But maybe I should give them a shot for fretless. I'd really rather not tear up my fingers with rounds on a fretless anyway, as I really just like a fretless for gliss stuff. I mean, I like the sound otherwise, but to me it's a hassle to play for ordinary (non-jazz) tunes.No, the half rounds have a substantial flat portion. Didn't chew the board at all. I believe they were designed with fretless in mind.
Are the rounds on rosewood?I have 3 fretless basses, 2 with flats and one with rounds, I love the fretless with wounds as the attack growl monster, so if it cuts up the neck so be it LOL.
notCardio said:I've played Brite Flats a long time ago, but not on a fretless. At the time I was strictly a roundwound guy, and the brite flats just didn't do it for me.