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Fretless Questions: Bob Daisley
FB: How long have you been playing fretless bass?
Bob Daisley: The first time I played fretless would’ve been around the early 1970s but I began playing guitar in 1963 and bass in 1964.
FB: What influenced you to play fretless?
Bob Daisley: Probably Boz Burrell – Bad Company, he was a friend.
FB: Are you self-taught or did you take lessons?
Bob Daisley: Guitar lessons at first then self-taught with bass.
FB: Who are your main fretless bass influences or favorite players?
Bob Daisley: Boz Burrell (Bad Company) and Ronnie Lane (Faces) when he used his Zemaitis acoustic bass. Favorite – Jaco Pastorius – he was innovative and original.
FB: Do you play upright, electric, or both? Which do you prefer?
Bob Daisley: Electric and acoustic – I prefer my ‘Ronnie Lane’ acoustic Zemaitis (made by ‘Dave of England’).
FB: What was your very first fretless bass? Do you still own it? Have you had or played others?
Bob Daisley: First- a Hagstrom I bought from Boz Burrell. Unfortunately I don’t have it any longer. Favorite – the Dave of England Ronnie Lane acoustic Zemaitis. Others include a Fender Precision (no longer owned), an Ibanez (still have it), and a Rob Allen (still have it).
FB: What types of strings and fingerboards do you prefer?
Bob Daisley: Picato round-wound strings, ebony/rosewood board.
FB: What playing styles do you use?
Bob Daisley: Mostly finger-style for a more subtle ‘upright’ feel/sound.
FB: What bands or projects feature you playing fretless bass?
Bob Daisley: There are a few tracks featuring fretless bass that I’ve done over the years, I just hope I can remember what they are…
The ones I do remember are:
“Here Comes the Queen” – I used Boz Burrell’s (Bad Company) fretless Precision for that track. From the Widowmaker album entitled “Too Late to Cry”.
“The Other Side of Midnight” – Guild fretless, not sure of model but was a single-pickup, solid body. From the Uriah Heep album “Head First”.
“Spiders” – same Guild fretless. From the Ozzy Osbourne album “Bark at the Moon”.
“Empty Rooms” – Fender Precision fretless. Live version (probably more than one) with Gary Moore.
A few tracks on the Ozzy Osbourne album “No More Tears” – using a Fender Precision fretless again. I played on all tracks on the album and the fretless tracks should be obvious. I know “Mama I’m Comin’ Home” is one but there are more on that album.
“The Liar” – Fender Precision fretless. B-side of single “Miracle Man”, Ozzy Osbourne from the album “No Rest for the Wicked”.
I used a fretless acoustic bass on a recent track with the Hoochie Coochie Men album entitled “Danger: White Men Dancing”. The track is entitled “Over and Over” and the bass was a replica Zemaitis made by David Brewis, trade name ‘Dave of England’. I had Dave, who was given all Tony Zemaitis’s patterns and parts before he died, make the bass as a replica of Ronnie Lane’s acoustic four-string fretless. It sounds a lot like an upright, lovely beast! There may be a few more but I didn’t use a fretless that much, only on certain tracks/occasions.
FB: Do you have a favorite song you played fretless bass on or some notable songs or experiences?
Bob Daisley: “Here Comes the Queen” – Widowmaker and “Over and Over” – The Hoochie Coochie Men.
FB: What would you say is unique about your fretless style?
Bob Daisley: I don’t regard myself as a great fretless player.
FB: Are you still actively playing fretless bass?
Bob Daisley: Occasionally, when the song/performance calls for it.
FB: Do you have any basic advice for bass players looking to take up fretless or those who are currently playing?
Bob Daisley: For precision in finger-position/pitch/notes, it’s sometimes good to have ‘guide frets’ on the finger-board made in the wood.
FB: Do you have websites or social media sites you would like to share?
Bob Daisley: www.bobdaisley.com
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