We at Fretwell Bass would like to introduce ourselves as your upright bass specialty shop. While you are checking out all of our lovely Kay Upright Basses and our New Engelhardt-Link Upright Basses, be sure to shop around in our wide variety of other Acoustic Instruments including, vintage Martin and Gibson Guitars, New Eastman Guitars & Mandolins, Recording King Guitars & Banjos, Ukuleles, strings, gifts and much much more. 

We are committed to helping you find:

The Perfect Upright Bass

The Perfect Set-up

The Perfect Innovation Upright Bass Strings

For Your Playing Style!

It really is All About Fretwell Bass!!!


Put the spring back in your step with a new or used upright bass, we have a great selection of New Engelhardt Basses and Vintage Kay Basses. 
If you are getting ready for festival season, be sure to check out our bass cart. A super way to travel with your bass from tent to tent looking for the perfect jam session. 
Time for new strings, don't forget about Innovation Upright Bass Strings, gut sound without the price and maintenance of real gut strings. Endpin wearing through?  Fretwell endpin knob is your answer, a nice heavy duty knob . If your bass is ready for general set up, bring her by and we will give her our best treatment!  

Jam Etiquette

Just a few tips. Try to decide if the jam you are looking to join is open or closed.  If it is open you will know right away, people move over for you to sit down, you may get a few nods and smiles....if none of this happens, you may want to move along and find a different scene. Take a look and a listen to see how the jam is going, a circle with each person taking a turn or is there a leader that is calling out who is next, does the last person who played determine the next? Always remember to not be rude. Playing over someone who is taking the lead is just like talking over a person or interrupting someone. If someone is singing lead, this is their time to shine, play rhythm and don't play louder than the person singing. When it is your turn, pick a song people can play, if it is a song no one knows, make sure it is easy to pick up and has minimal chord changes and a rhythm that others can play along with. People who do not have good jam etiquette, although they will generally not be called out, they do get talked about, it makes others grumpy and they are generally not welcomed back and forever tagged as a Jam Buster.

It is really easy, just remember to be polite, don't play over others and wait until your turn.