Marleaux fretted basses are excellent instruments, but their fretless are simply the best, period. Of course they are biult with great cere and attention, using only the best tonewoods available and twin Bartolini pickups, but I was intrigued to learn why they still sounded better than similar basses. Further inspection revealed a clever system to join the neck in a way that no sustain is lost and all the vibrations transmition is kept intact (see ASF picture bellow). Some special routing at the end of the neck seems to further increase the fretless' trademark growl and "mwah".
This bass has a mahogany body with an amazing bird's eye maple top. The three piece maple neck sports an impressive Macassar ebony fingerboard with lines to help you play in tune.
Marleaux's own 3 band active/passive circuit allows you to musically boost or cut specific well chosen frequencies (40Hz, 500Hz, 8kHz). You can boost the Highs full up and get 0 noise, which is jsut amazing...and musical (great to get the string "noise" a la Michael Manring).
To sum up: you've got to hear this bass if you want to know how a fretless bass should sound. Sweet deep tones, strong attack and jumping armonics, mouth watering double stops...it's all here. What are you waiting for?
Here you can see a similar bass inside it's optional Marleaux flight case.