Bought my first fretless guitar

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  1. MusicGearGuys

    MusicGearGuys Member

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    I just bought my first fretless guitar. It was just a cheapy on Ebay, but good enough to see if I can play on it.
    If it is all good, a Vigier will be on the way.
    In the meanwhile, does anybody know how to play this darn thing?:D

    Ed, were are ya?
    I need some lessons bro.

    Gregory
     
  2. J Purcell

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    There's a clip on youtube.com of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins doing Summertime. Chet is playing an acoustic fretless guitar. Almost looks like a Guild but it's hard to tell. Did Guild make fretless guitars?
    What a couple of pickers!
     
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    What kind is the one you purchased?
     
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    Very cool. I've been curious to try one of these out myself. I've given some thought to picking up a cheap Fernandes with the sustainer and pulling the frets out. I like the idea of mixing a sustainer with fretless guitar.
     
  6. MusicGearGuys

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    I recieved it today.
    It needed a shim in the neck and a setup, but works,
    Its not a Vigier, thats for sure.
    It came in with 9's but it really needs 11' or 12's flatwounds.
    The dots are in the center of the frets position, like a fretted guitar, but you have to play on the lines. So it will take some getting used to.

    A friend of mine, Neil H. is going to teach me how yo use the guitar.
    I believe he will be playing with Ed D soon.
    Gregory
     
  7. LTE

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    Nuts to you.

    Now I'm interested in buying one too.

    :jo
    (Like I need another guitar)

    Keep us posted on your progress.

    :dude
     
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    Neil Haverstick?He is a true creative explorer with a great heart,and his albums and guitar playing are super-cool!

    http://www.myspace.com/microstick http://microstick.net/

    Have fun with your fretless.It can be a very rewarding tool.
     
  9. scottywompas

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    Greg, Now that you have a fretless guitar the mistakes won't be so evident. I wish I had thought of that. I need me one so people won't know how bad I really suck.

    seriously, that's pretty cool though. You'll definately have to record some soundclips now. Just remember to use a certain really cool pedal some dude made for you.

    Scott:BEER :RoCkIn :BOUNCE :cool: :crazy
     
  10. lamenlovinit

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    You're right about the price. There is so much tweaking you can do to that guitar to make it playable, and at the very worst, it'll make a cool slide guitar... As to the finish, some sick little corner of my heart has always LOVED a crackle finish. I don't know why...
     
  11. teleamp

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    Gregory, since you won't need the maple Anderson anymore, I gladly take it off your hands.

    MikeY

    aka Grady
     
  12. Crazyquilt

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    Nice! I've been playing my Glissentar quite a bit lately -- some friends are putting together a Middle Eastern music group to play for belly dancers, and they want to do some cool tunes. The music is great, and challenging, and the scenery should be pretty good, too. :D
     
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    I also have a Glissentar,just got it last week...need some work on my intonation! Really into it,though- a whole new thing for me.
     
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    Yeah, I've always been curious about that. Do you push down where the fret markers are, or do you tune a little sharp and push down normally?
     
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    Cool. I've been planning a fretless for a few months now. I play fretless bass and upright bass, thought I'd transfer some of it to guitar.


    I would not be able to play on an instrument that had the dots in normal position. I've had basses like that, as well as basses with the side dots on the fretline. For me, the best on bass is an unlined board with dots where the fret would be. get the intonation of the instrument dead on and the rest is in your hands. For a guitar, I will probably use ghostlines.
     
  16. Crazyquilt

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    The way it's done on a glissentar is interesting -- there are side dots & the very ends of frets, maybe a half an inch at most. So, from the top, it looks like a guitar, which helps guitarists get their orientation, but there are no lines to clutter up the fretboard, so you know about where to finger, but you still have to really use your ears, rather than your eyes, to get it right.

    I would have thought ghostlines would be the best way to go, but this works extremely well, and it gives a clean look, which is nice.
     
  17. MusicGearGuys

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    teleamp: Sorry man, I will be burried with that prototype Anderson.

    scottywompas: sshh, dont tell everybody that I make mistakes.

    chrissh: I agree, Neil is an amazing artist and great guy.
    We are starting to become good friends. He just bought Alec Lee's Tube Works amp as well. What a monster jazz player. Just ask some of the top Jazz players out there.

    I hope to have Neil Haverstick, Chris Lasegue, and Bob Harris providing lessons at the store.

    Nice little line up huh?

    Gregory
     

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