Of the bass players I’ve met and played with, all of them have been really into the aggressive clicky style of playing, at least for metal. I don’t mean the Seinfeld-segue-music style bass slapping either. Maybe they have had poorly set up basses, or poor technique, OR maybe I just have tastes that are very unpopular when it comes to bass guitar, but I really don’t like the way it sounds. I’m fairly certain that they weren’t intentionally trying to have a percussive element to their, but it was just a side effect of their playing. Being forthright, I own a couple of basses (doesn’t just about every guitarist?) and I get similar clacking if I play aggressively or too fast, but admittedly I don’t practice bass much. I feel like the looser nature of bass strings, and their larger mass, gives them a propensity to move a lot more during play, so they are wont to slap the frets further down the neck. Is a more tender touch with a rolled up volume the answer for this, or would a fretless bass also be a good option? I understand that no amount of gear can expiate poor form, but would a fretless bass be what I’m after if I wanted an instrument that won’t give that (in my opinion) annoying slap against the higher frets? I definitely recognize that playing a fretless requires a LOT of practice and a well trained ear, and not everyone works on that. TL;DR but has anyone had experience with playing a fretless, especially in a metal context? The bassist in one of my favorite death metal bands for a the last several years, Blood Incantation, plays a fretless Mockingbird, and his smooth tone still sounds tight, and fits perfectly, so why don’t more metal bands utilize a fretless if it fits their respective goals? Is there a larger history of metal bassists that use fretless’s that I’m unaware of?