Yamaha BB350F Fretless Bass

I’ve been trying to buy my local pawnshop’s fretless Yamaha BB350F 4-string bass guitar for a long time. But I keep coming home with a Godin Freeway 4 and an OLP Musicman 5-string clone instead.
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But yesterday I robbed my piggy bank, put on my military beret of dubious provenance and bargained like a philistine with my pawnshop boy Tony for this Candy Apple Red P/J style beauty from probably 1990- but so clean.
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The bridge pickup vas kaput so he dropped the price to $175USD +tax, down from $279. But it sounds very sweet even mono-pupped. I was so right to try fretless. The tactile feel and the sound of the strings directly on the wood fingerboard is what I was seeking.
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I especially like that mwah sound but it is happening randomly and I have no control over it. Practice is indicated.
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Condition is very little used despite the pickup problem. The glossy neck is easy to play and pretty with a rosewood fingerboard (I keep thinking ‘fretboard’ but those are just lines, not frets) nearly as dark as ebony.
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Despite the aged unknown roundwounds there are no divots or dings in the board.

Playing it was not that different from a fretted bass though the headstock clip-on tuner told me I wasn’t exactly nailing the notes.

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I wonder what the 3-way switch does.

How you determine correct intonation on a fretless is a mystery to me, feels so subjective. But I have fallen in love with the sound of the thing.

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Tuners work OK but show surface corrosion. Chicken fat? Eucerin hand cream?

As a noob I need to mostly stare at the board anyway so no different on the BB 350F fretless.

But I had to stop thinking of the various scale finger box patterns as boxes I needed to more or less hit, and instead think about that precise spot of fingerboard I had to locate to sound the note.

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Though the strings are roundwounds, they are so ancient they sound like flats.

I’ll swap them out for one of the many unlabeled mystery string sets I keep in drawers. Then maybe try flats on it.

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Bridge pickup is non/op.

I am so stoked I can’t stop playing the Yamaha. Hope I can fix the pickup and actually learn to play it. Fretless is the tone I was looking for.

I also hope Tony and the boys and girls don’t get any more bass pawns. I’m running out of closet space.

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