Waterstone Meaden FRETLESS 4 string bass
Mwaah…that describes it
The Waterstone Meaden Fretless 4 string bass is a limited edition stunner. It is a medium scale instrument with a full hollow construction, making it lightweight , while sized the same as the Meaden guitar.
Like every Waterstone I have encountered, the finish is great and the binding is eye catching. A bad word cannot be spoken about the appearance of any model we have reviewed, and there have been several!
Back to the bass… with the hollow construction, the fretless “mwah” that so many love is resonant and full, and the pickup positioning allows for a variety of tones from deep to bright
Being fretless, the dot markers on the side of the neck indicate finger positioning and fret position which makes it easy to learn the neck. As with all fretless instruments, “learning” the neck is mandatory but not an unpleasant endeavor. Especially on this beauty.
Like all Waterstone basses, the factory setup is very good.
Guitar setups have been known to be less than satisfactory (always easily remedied), but there is something magical about a Waterstone bass- and this special fretless Meaden in no exception.