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Old 08-05-2011, 07:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has any of you messed around with a fretless guitar?
I've been playing fretless guitar for a few years now and while it is extremely difficult as far as technique goes it is most rewarding.

You can reach microtones/quarter tones found in raga & maqam, sometimes I employ an eBow for a sarod-like approach.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd really like to try a fretless guitar, have for a while. I'm not convinced that I'd be any good a it or that I could stick with it, but I'd really like to mess around with it.

How much did yours cost?
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd really like to try a fretless guitar, have for a while. I'm not convinced that I'd be any good a it or that I could stick with it, but I'd really like to mess around with it.

How much did yours cost?
I de-fret them myself and refinish the fretboard. (two on the right)
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Very nice! Is it a long or particularly difficult process?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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On the guitar on the right, I built up the fretboard with polyurethane, sanding between 3-4 coats until it was glass-like . . . that took a bit of time. But, on the other guitars I just filled in the fret slots and left it bare. I have a little adjustment for the bridge saddle as well.
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I bought a cheap guitar specifically for the purpose of defretting it.

Then I really enjoyed the guitar. And thought about how different fretless is.

So I left it with frets.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I bought a cheap guitar specifically for the purpose of defretting it.

Then I really enjoyed the guitar. And thought about how different fretless is.

So I left it with frets.
Once de-fretted it's a pain to re-fret it!
Fretless is a new world, one without chords and a learning curve for staying in key (chords are not impossible though, you just have to think them out)
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^Isn't that because you'll get sharp sounds out of open strings?
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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^Isn't that because you'll get sharp sounds out of open strings?
the open strings shouldn't be sharp, they should be in tune
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