Antique Noel ATB-560 FL (Fretless)
The cheapest bass I ever bought, costing a mere £150 quid.
need of a fretless for a series of gigs at a time when my wallet
was emptier than Paris Hilton's head, I had no choice but to
sell my Richard Clayderman CD collection and bite the cheap-bass
Despite its low price it's not actually that bad. Sure, it's a no-name parts, factory-produced
affair that no time-served luthier has ever come within a million
miles of, but...plug it in and - with a bit of tweaking - a half-decent sound comes out!
What it lacks in finesse it makes
up for in sheer audacious oomph! Turn it up full, overdrive
yer amp and "Teen Town" never
sounded so good!
If you're currently saving up for a top-of-the-range, made-to-order 5-string
fretless that'll leave you penniless for the next few years,
then I'll give you the same advice I gave Richard Bona just before
he bought his Fodera: "Ricky," I said. "For God's sake,
forget about the bass for five minutes and get the beers in, it's
advice, I'm sure you'll agree.