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  Fretless guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The fretless guitar is a guitar without frets (including similarly configured bass guitars known as a fretless bass).
Fretless guitars are not constrained with particular musical tunings, as is the case with fretted instruments.
His guitar is a double-neck, fretted and fretless: the fretless neck is the uppper neck and is a 12-string short scale.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fretless_guitar   (889 words)

 Guitar Player - Fretless Guitar
A history of fretless guitars was outlined, discographies compiled, and fretless instruments reviewed, and discussions on the Web site’s forum became a major channel for uniting the worldwide community of the fretless faithful.
Many in the fretless community point to the CD release and festival as proof that the fretless guitar is at last coming of age.
As fretless guitars begin appearing on the racks of local music shops, and information on playing them is more widely disseminated (Franck Vigroux’s Fretless Guitar Secrets instructional DVD is slated for release in late 2006), the notion that fretless guitars may become as commonplace as fuzzboxes isn’t as far fetched as it may seem.
www.guitarplayer.com /story.asp?sectioncode=4&storycode=12723   (1379 words)

 PBS documentary puts singer-songwriter Ned Evett and his fretless glass guitar on national stage @ Top40-Charts.com - ...
Fretless guitars derive their unique sound from the musician's fingers engaging the strings against a fingerboard without interposing frets - the series of metal ridges set across a traditional guitar's fingerboard.
A close relative of the slide guitar, the fretless guitar is a melodically liberating instrument, giving the player direct control over every aspect of a note's pitch.
Guitar heroes as disparate as Joe Satriani and Built To Spill frontman Doug Martsch sing his praises, with the former artist even taking Evett on tour with him to open 30 U.K. and U.S. concerts in 2003 and 2003.
top40-charts.com /news.php?nid=7488   (744 words)

 Bass guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The bass is similar in appearance to an electric guitar, but with a larger body, a longer neck and scale length, and, usually, four strings tuned an octave lower in pitch, in the bass range.
Fretless basses have a distinct sound: the absence of frets means that the string must be pressed down directly onto the wood of the fingerboard and can buzz against it as with the double bass, sometimes described as a "mwaah" sound by bassists.
Some fretless basses, such as those made by Pedulla, have fingerboards which are coated with epoxy to increase the durability of the fingerboard, enhance sustain and give a brighter tone.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bass_guitar   (4233 words)

 HG Thor Guitar Lab: Custom guitar, bass, fretless conversions, epoxy fretless, amp tricks, endless pickup tricks.11.7.96
Guitars and basses repaired/restored at component level and repairs to body, neck and finishes.
Thus the fretless bass with roundwound sound was born (or at least he would have told you so).
My personal choices for guitar are denser woods for very high gain rock applications allowing greater control over response and attack, and lighter woods bringing into play the vocal range resonance which works very well for clean or medium gain settings for blues, country and fusion.
www.woodwiz.com /guitarlab/default.html   (1211 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Why Use a Fretless Bass Guitar?
The smooth fingerboard on a fretless means that the player's fingers are the only factor determining the length of string that is vibrating, and thus the note being played.
The only purely stylistic advantage the fretless bass has over the fretted lies in the fact that the absence of frets on a fretless allows a smooth glissando, or slide, from one note to another, which is not possible with a fretted bass.
Fretless basses, since they are intoned by the fingers, have a much smoother sound than fretted basses.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A711802   (931 words)

 Ned Evett Interview : Music Frisk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
I had a full ride scholarship as a classical guitar player that I walked away from, but I needed a project to do one semester and I had an idea for the fretless guitar, but I didn't have enough money to actually have it professionally done.
For somebody who plays just a little bit of fretless guitar, a wood fingerboard or metal fingerboard is perfectly adequate because they are never going to wear though it in the time that I would wear through it.
Often times my company, the guitar company side of me and the artist side are transparent to each other, people often don't associate one with the other and that's the way that I like it.
www.musicfrisk.com /picture/interview/ned.evett.fretless.12.08.2002.php   (1801 words)

 FretlessGuitar.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Fretless instruments derive their unique sound from the fingers engaging the strings directly against a fingerboard made of wood, glass, metal, or plastic.
Fretless Guitar is a close relative to slide guitar in many ways, with the fingertips taking the place of the slide.
All Fernandes fretless guitars feature the Fernandes Sustainer pickup system; an electronic bowing device mounted in the neck pickup.
www.fretlessguitar.com /guitarsite/splash.html   (136 words)

 EVER WONDER ABOUT PLAYING A FRETLESS GUITAR?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Curious about what it'd be like to Play a fretless guitar, I converted a garage-sale Crestwood nylon string guitar into a fretless guitar in just a few minutes.
On this guitar, the frets were not glued in.
Nylon strings on this fretless guitar are a "natural".
www.ehhs.cmich.edu /~dhavlena/fretles.htm   (393 words)

 Luthiers, I ask...why not a fretless guitar? - Discussion Forums
Right now you only have to slap four fingers down within a window of an inch or so, but with a fretless guitar, you'd have to put every one in exactly the right spot, every time.
The major issue for most guitarists is the lack of sustain as the string is damped by the fingertip.
I think the key is to not approach a fretless guitar like you would a fretted instrument, but rather think of it as a single-note instrument.
www.acousticguitar.com /ubb/Forum12/HTML/000722.html   (438 words)

 Timtone Custom Fretless MK Series Guitar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
When I finished the first fretless guitar my first thought was, "well, this is lame, whadayagonnadowiththis?".
The guitar has been mentioned a tiny orchestra of its own and this is even more a case for this fretless.
A fretless guitar tend to sound darker than a fretted guitar and I think using single coil pickups made the sound a little brighter and helped the sound becoming too dark for my taste.
www.timtone.com /gallery/guitar_clips/GuitarClip46-AShimmyo.html   (2083 words)

 Guitar Player - Fretless Wonders
Guitar Player magazine is the complete acoustic and electric guitar package.
The NYC Fretless Guitar Festival—which took place between September 9 and 12 at the Knitting Factory and the I0 Restaurant and Lounge in New York—showcased guitarists from around the globe.
The first topic will be Fretless Guitar, followed by Looping in the March issue, and more in coming months.
www.guitarplayer.com /story.asp?storycode=11825   (395 words)

 Unfretted - The Fretless Guitar Resource.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Unfretted is the Fretless Guitar resource with practical information such as an unfreted history, Pros and Cons, Reviews of Fretless Guitar's along with CDs, VG-88 (Roland VG88) patches, there are also many MP3s and artists profiles including Jahloon seventeenthofoctober.
The fretless gitar has been around for quiet some time now, although it is still a rare and relatively unexplored instrument.
Unfretting is the act of converting a normal guitar into a Fretless Guitar.
www.unfretted.com   (425 words)

 Guitar Tricks - Guitar Oddities
3) Fretless guitars in general (saw some dude open for Satriani before who performed completely on a fretless guitar.
And electric fretless guitars like the one Ron Thal uses - they are made by "Vigier" and are called "Surfretter" - they have a metal-fretboard because on a wooden one the thinner strings would fail to have a good sustain.
i have seen 12 string basses, but they where similar to 12 string guitars, however they have four lots of three strings instead of six lots of two.but i have seen a nine string bass.
www.guitartricks.com /forum/showthread.php?t=8993   (409 words)

 Fretless bass - Guitar Noise Wiki
I have a fretted P-bass, and a fretless J-bass, so some of the tone differences are due to the pickups more than anything, but the tones that come from a fretless are still different.
The way your fingertip pinches the string against the fretboard dampens the highest overtones without disturbing the middle ones, so you get a "warm" sound that is not "dull".
If I play a "fretless" song on my fretted bass (or vice versa), it feels weird, but I can adjust quickly.
www.guitarnoise.com /wiki/index.php?title=Fretless_bass   (286 words)

 iBreatheMusic Forums - Fretless Guitar
Dave Fiuczynski (www.torsos.com) plays on fretless guitars, but other than him, I've never known of anyone who does.
I really want a fretless guitar, but I heard that rosewood and and maple just dont have enough sustain to make it practical.
Which is why Vigier make a fretless guitar with a sheet of metal for a fret board.
www.ibreathemusic.com /forums/showthread.php?t=7858   (588 words)

 EVETT/VIGROUX RELEASED (Guitar News Weekly #282, February 9, 2004 - (c) GuitarSite.com)
"Fretless Guitar Masters" -- which boasts 16 tracks by 8 different acoustic and electric fretless guitarists from Belgium, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- earned 4 stars out of 5 from Guitarist magazine.
Fretless guitars derive their unique sound from the musician's fingers engaging the strings against a fingerboard without interposing frets -- like the fingerboards of violins and cellos.
According to Evett and Vigroux, the fretless guitar is a melodically liberating instrument that gives players direct control over every aspect of a note's pitch.
www.guitarsite.com /newsletters/040209/3.shtml   (555 words)

 CD Baby: WORLD'S FRETLESS GUITARISTS: Village of the Unfretted
Their instrument of choice, the fretless guitar, is a specialist item, either custom built, luthier modified or sourced from one of a handful of select manufacturer's.
Village is sure to be warmly received by the guitar community and serve as a tremendous platform in promoting the fretless concept.
The range of musics being voiced by the fretless guitar on this CD has redefined the role of the instrument in the 20th and 21st century.
cdbaby.com /cd/fretlessguitarists   (560 words)

 Unfretted - Fretless Guitar Resource.
The unique model is actually a harp guitar with the sympathetic bass strings spaced so that all strings pass over the board and thus become playable.
The guitar was modeled on the "Esposito" guitar (the first prototype 335 style guitar) owned by Harvey Gerst (he played in a band called Sweetwater).
The Guitar Designer, Patrice Vigier, confirms that only a single guitar was made and that is currently in his possesion.
www.unfretted.com /loader.php?LINK=history   (2141 words)

 Semi-fretless guitar (LATAR)
he construction of the guitar I've invented and claimed in the Patent Office combines assets of both: fret- and fretless instruments.
Becouse guitars with a fret fingerboard cannot obtain glissandos, quartertone differences in the soundpitch and a clear, profound tone of low (bass) sounds.
In fretless guitars, on the other hand, it's impossible to obtain a clear tone and strong dynamics of higher (violin) sounds.
www.geocities.com /rlatecki   (157 words)

 Guitar Exploration Seminars - National Guitar Workshop
Students should bring electric and acoustic guitars and any other fretted stringed instruments they own to take full advantage of this exciting opportunity to "drain Matt's brain.Matt Smith is a veteran NYC performer, recording artist, session musician, educator, and columnist whose articles have appeared in Guitar Player magazine.
Then this seminar on the ultra-hip world of fretless guitar is for you.
Taught by Berklee College of Music professor, Guitar One magazine writer and video stunt guitarist Chris Buono, this week long fretless primer will introduce the student to the styles and techniques of the leaders in fretless guitar.
www.guitarworkshop.com /classes/seminars/guitarexplorations   (821 words)

 JacoPastorius.com Discussion Boards - fretless guitar
I believe guitar players are getting even on us bassists, for having "stolen" their unique position as strings soloists and effect pedals users in a band...well just kidding.
Posted - 01/29/2005 : 4:15:21 PM hey man, fretless guitars do exist indeed, but good luck playing it!Ever since Jaco picked up a fretless, the itonation standard has been set pretty high.
They had a special issue of several different areas of guitar playing..Best effects went to Tom Morello, best vibrato went to B.B. King..best legato was Alan Holdsworth..they list the top 5 for each genre..it was pretty cool.
www.jacopastorius.com /interact/discussions/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1676   (748 words)

 Bluesblast.com - Homemade Fretless Bass Guitar Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
This page is all about my project to construct a fretless bass guitar from scratch, including the neck.
My motivation was really to build a cheap instrument to lay down bass tracks for jamming with, hence building from scratch, but frankly its cheaper to buy an inexpensive finished instrument.
I simply did not have the skill or equipment to position frets correctly at the time, it doesn't demand an adjustable truss rod and besides a fretless instrument is really much cooler and more versatile than a fretted one.
www.bluesblast.com /bass_guitar.html   (353 words)

 MusicPlayer Forums: Fretless Guitar Neck Materials and More   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Hello all, it was suggested that this GP Forum have a Fretless Guitar or Unfretted Guitar materials etc. thread.
Guitar, plyers, (in many cases) a soldering gun, 2 grades of sand paper (smooth and heavy) and epoxy to fill the slots where the Frets once were at.
The upper neck is a twelve string fretless oud and the lower neck is a sevenstring guitar with a sixstring tremolo and a fixed low B string.
www.musicplayer.com /cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/get_topic/f/19/t/013718.html   (3223 words)

 Guitar Nine Records - Fretless Guitar Masters "Fretless Guitar Masters"
Guitar Nine Records - Fretless Guitar Masters "Fretless Guitar Masters"
An amazing collection of fretless wonders, all up and down the jazz/rock/fusion/avant scale.
Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the Guitar Nine Records Terms of Use.
www.guitar9.com /fretlessguitarmasters.html   (124 words)

 Godin Multiac Nylon Fretless SA
Nylon strings work beautifully with a fretless fingerboard producing a singing tone that has a lot in common with that of a fretless bass.
The Multiac Fretless is also deceptively easy to play due to the nylon strings, which respond well to a light touch, and are slightly more forgiving—than steel strings—for intonation.
This combination of nylon strings on a fretless guitar represents a powerful musical tool on its own.
www.godinguitars.com /godinmultnylonfretlessp.htm   (138 words)

 Guitar Nine Records - Ned Evett "An Introduction To Fretless Guitar"
EP/CD features dynamic instrumental music showcasing the fretless guitar as the main sound producer.
Tracks such as "Singing Bowl", "Steeple" and "Transcendental Floss" explode as Evett breaks all existing fretless guitar barriers.
Evett uses glass fingerboards on his guitars and interestingly, except for drums, vocals and tablas on one song, and electric bass on two songs, all other sounds (including percussion) were produced on guitar.
www.guitar9.com /fretlessguitar.html   (176 words)

 Abstract Logix - News - Village Of The Unfretted : CD and NYC Fretless Guitar Festival
The largest Fretless Guitar Festival ever is now over, but it will resonate for years to come without even a sustainer in site.
This unprecedented event ran from September 9th - 12th in New York City at the Knitting Factory and was called the "Village Of The Unfretted" : NYC Fretless Guitar Festival and CD Release 2005.
The Festival featured players from 6 Countries converging for the Fretless Guitar and Fretless Guitar double CD "Village Of The Unfretted" being released at the Festival.
www.abstractlogix.com /news_view.php?idno=83   (183 words)

 Fretless Bass Guitar @ Dolphin Music
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The fretless version of the instrument also proved very popular and quickly found its own niche.
A fretless version of the classic 4003, this bass produces a unique subtle tone quality similar to a traditional upright acoustic bass.
www.dolphinmusic.co.uk /page/shop/browse/category_id/475c8b19c7f52c8f0eda6d7be31786df   (517 words)

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