Fretless guitar

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  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    http://www.smoothboard.com/
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    Product Description
    Specifications
    Neck 24.75 inch scale length
    Construction Solidbody with set neck
    Fingerboard Synthetic ebony with side markers (22 position)
    Pickups Two standard sized humbuckers
    Controls Volume, Tone, 3 way pickup select
    Finish Burst
    Position
    Markers Dots are present on the side of the fingerboard to represent common positions on a guitar (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, etc), but are moved forward to where the corresponding fret would be on a fretted guitar.
    Case Deluxe gig bag
    Made in Vietnam and setup in Boise, ID
    c. $400 w/gigbag
    No, I haven't ordered one and probably won't, but what do you think? Slide players and Ebowers ought to be flooding the switchboard with orders, imo.
    There is also a strat shaped object for a good bit less.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Maple Neck (25.5 inch scale length)
    Construction Solidbody with bolt-on neck
    Fingerboard Synthetic ebony with side markers (22 position)
    Pickups Two single coils with a bridge humbucker
    Controls Volume, Tone, Tone, 5 way selector switch
    Finish Classic Burst
    Position
    Markers Dots are present on the side of the fingerboard to represent common positions on a guitar (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, etc), but are moved forward to where the corresponding fret would be on a fretted guitar.
    Case Smoothboard gig bag
    $247
     
  3. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Obviously they save the money on hardware, but at these prices you can afford to appoint and anoint to your hearts content.
    Vigier and others knock out higher priced models and if you're Guthrie Govan you'll want one of those. If you're Hank Hill, the budget models look good.
     
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    Not bad price. I think it is great if you know how to use it. I play Turrkish and Middle Eastern music a lot so those 1quarter tones , 8th tones, (known as commas in Turkish)are important on a fretless. For blues , i wouldnt know what to do with it; i'll stick with my G310 :)
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    I just press a little bit on my Strats .007"-.036" strings for an eighth, a little harder for a quarter. :naughty:
     
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    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    Geez...I would be lost.
     
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    Clean look though, I never played one. I feel inferior. Im just getting accustomed to side markers with frets, little unsteady for the first go around but do-able. Im stunned by the SD lil 59 in the middle position, addicted at the moment. I like the Strat above. Lets wire it up 3-push-pulls, multi switching. Something about clean and noiseless too.

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  9. wax

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    I've been thinking about getting a fretless or assembling one from some parts I have lying around. I love experimenting with instruments and getting unexpected, sometimes magical results. Also, the absence of frets should force my fingering and "muscle memory" to improve which should transfer to my fretted instruments.
     
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    I worry about this. Just make sure that muscle memory doesn't start putting your fingers on top of frets instead of behind them. I have a project on the back burner to convert my J-bass to a fretless. I'm going to put some light-coloured contrasting veneer int he fret slots as fingering guides. - One day.
     
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    That could be a problem, although I don't trust my fingers/MM enough to not look at the fingerboard anyway. :D
     
  12. sazista

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    It just takes practice. Playing the oud was a monster for me back in 2001, but eventually i figured out where the invisible lines were, just as you do with a violin or bass. I have a squire JBass with the frets removed. As i dont have another bass it comes naturally to hit at the fret line . I could never go back to a fretted bass. It is too limiting. Go for it!
     
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    That was a very good video. Thanks, Don. I especially appreciate his approach and his honest assessment when he discussed chording. That has always been a question mark for me when it comes to fretless guitars. But, as I suspected, some chords don't really work on a fretless; others adapt just fine.

    Honestly, it does make me consider a fretless instrument. It seems one particular advantage is there is no issue with finger pressure pushing notes sharp when depressing the strings behind a fret. Plus, no more issues with fret buzz!
     
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    Another take on the fretless angle, plus these guys make me chuckle :smile:



    Bob
     
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    Who needs a fretless guitar? The oud is the original fretless guitar!
     

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