Having played electric bass Since 1977 Ive been exposed to nearly all genres. One bass just was not enough. I own Zon, Alembic, Bee bass, Ed Romon, Fenders, Warwick, 4-6-8 stringers and 3 fretless, 15 total in all. Customs made to my specs and boutique bassess as well. In the early days just my fender pbass was plenty as its tone is still my go to when I need to make a tone statement. Having seen photos of the MGbass fretless I was drawn to its style and design. Now with one in my hands this is what I discovered.
The craftsmanship is second to none. This is a big deal. Not a flaw well balanced one soild cut of wood smooth great lines no blemishes. The craftsmanship alone is worth the price of admission. The photos don’t do it justice this instrument is really breath talking. The electronics are well layed out solid soldering joints and your choice of pickups. So the look, design and Craftsmenship and 5 stars. The instrument hangs properly well balanced very light. Now for the real test, playability.
I tuned it up in d flat with flatwounds into my tube markbass amp with 2×10. It sounds like a fretless indeed but creates different tones depending where you finger it and press down on the neck. Unique not predictable but true fretless growl. Smooth well setup fast. I decided to beat it up a bit with some slapping and hard fingering. The bass stayed in tune and teases you to play it faster lol. The fretlines are well placed easy to see and clearly defined. Very impressed and honestly worth twice the sale price.
Hold this instrument and you know a master luthier put some time and love into building and creating this bass. I am so impressed I have to get an identical one with frets to have double trouble. Hats off to maestro-luthier Maur’icio Costa thank you.