US Distributor for Innovation Strings


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 also the United States Distributor for Innovation Double Bass/Upright Bass Strings.

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!!!

Summer Festival Tips

So you going to be lugging that upright bass from campsite to campsite?  Think about getting the "Wife Saver" upright bass cart for easy wheeling about.  

Love the sound of those gut strings but want something easy on the fingers, I would suggest the Innovation Golden or Silver Slap Strings, you will be able to play all night and wake those chickens in the morning.

Always remember - Do not lean your upright bass against the car or a wall, do not lay your bass down behind your truck and proceed to back over it. If perhaps you do one of these things and you then need new bass or a new neck set, please don't hesitate to call and make an appointment for the Guru of Basses to fix your baby. 

Last but Not Least

It is called playing for a reason!


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.