March 20th, 2012, 07:47 AM
I am so tempted to get this thing. Rogue fretless P/J.
I used to be "fluent" & gigworthy at bass playing, even fretless; but haven't owned one now in several years.
I'm looking for something to use for cubase etc. recordings; or maybe home jazz sessions; not big-time "touring".
On sale for basically $100. Until March 31. Seems ridiculously underpriced. No case; I guess a gig bag would have to be bought also.
I also have a discount code from MF I can maybe use, to make it even cheaper!
Anyone played one of these?
March 20th, 2012, 08:16 AM
I'd get one.
March 22nd, 2012, 10:36 AM
Yes, I've played one. I'm a lifelong fretless guy, so I'm a bit biased. It wasn't the worst instrument I've ever played. Kinda thin. I'm not seeing a person being able to use it on an entire track, for short parts it would be OK.
If you can swing $300, though, the Squier VM fretless is quite a nice bass by anybody's standards.
March 22nd, 2012, 10:40 AM
Fretless is a blast, and great for fine tuning your ear.
I say do it...$100 is practically nothing.
If you're willing to spend a little more (and not much) there's all kinds of cheap fretless options at rondomusic.com. I got a fretless "violin bass" style bass there and I love it.
March 23rd, 2012, 11:55 AM
Another +1 for www.rondomusic.com
Rogue are truly junk, a friend had the fretted version of that bass, which had a plywood body and a neck that would not stay playable.
March 24th, 2012, 05:38 AM
Thanks to everyone for the comments. I was about to pull the trigger, but this gave me a good cooling-off period; like my mother used to say, "that money's sure burning a hole in your pocket".
There is a real appeal, that you could get a "usable" musical instrument of any kind, for $100. But I have learned that I do hate the bottom-level cheapo instruments; more trouble than they're worth. So, I'll pass on this Rogue fretless bass.
I do like medium-level instruments, if the design seems good; I have an Ibanez Artcore AGS83 thinline guitar, made in China, that cost very little, and after changing out most everything, is quite a useful & good axe.
So, I still want to get back into bass with a fretless; but now I'll study up more & see what's out there, & try to get something in the next few months. Probably for $400 + - there's a pretty decent instrument out there, that I would be proud to own & use.