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  • #16
    Wow, what are the specs on this thing? That is beautiful.
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Mincer View Post
      Wow, what are the specs on this thing? That is beautiful.
      Body is solid maple, routed around the edge, which makes it look like multiple layers. Neck is chunky mahogany, board is rosewood with some finish added to polymerize it a bit. Frank says it still feels like wood, but it’s harder than untreated rosewood. There’s no truss rod, and he says it hasn’t moved in the 8 years since he built it. If it was anybody else, I’d have lost interest at that point, but Frank really knows what he’s doing. Also, considering the deal he offered, if the neck shifts and becomes unplayable, I won’t hesitate to have him build another one for it.

      No clue on weight or anything. The hardware is kind of whatever stuff he had around at the time, pickups are obviously PATBs, 3 way, volume, tone, and he’s adding a PRS-style coil split. He asked if I wanted a push/pull or a toggle, I said whatever you have on hand is fine.

      Oh yeah, one of the coolest features... a wood nut. I didn’t ask, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it so the open and “fretted” notes have a more similar tone.
      Last edited by JB_From_Hell; 01-22-2021, 08:08 PM.
      "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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      • #18
        I wanna hear what this thing sounds like!
        Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Mincer View Post
          I wanna hear what this thing sounds like!
          There’s a short clip of him playing it on Facebook. He using a good amount of gain in the clip, and doesn’t really get into the nuances. He sent me pics of a double neck (fretted and fretless) he’s making for someone else, and mentioned the guy sent him a Sustainer to install on the fretless side. I’m definitely buying an e-bow to use with it.
          "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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          • #20
            The first instrument I learned how to play was a cello. No frets there.
            If you were to pass that beauty to me and say "Give it a shot", I would.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
              Fretless guitar? Wanna see the Falbo pics right away, but for playing demonstration, I'll wait for that 59th demo video
              I’m torn between not showing it to any of my local guitar buddies for like a year, or taking it straight over to jam with one of them before I’ve even plugged it in. You gotta be fearless to really embrace something like this
              "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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              • #22
                Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post

                I’m torn between not showing it to any of my local guitar buddies for like a year, or taking it straight over to jam with one of them before I’ve even plugged it in. You gotta be fearless to really embrace something like this
                A couple of years ago I removed and filled the frets from a Yamaha nylon string classical guitar. If you close your eyes and play slowly at first making sure all your notes are in tune, it helps a lot. Also, try to phrase horizontally with lots of slides for register shifts rather than jumping from string to string. You will hear the qualities of the fretless more. It didn‚€™t sound like an oud as I had wanted but it was still pretty cool.

                I also removed the frets from a Mexican strat around the same time which was cool for solos and playing stuff that sounded like Nile.


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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Nsatke81 View Post

                  A couple of years ago I removed and filled the frets from a Yamaha nylon string classical guitar. If you close your eyes and play slowly at first making sure all your notes are in tune, it helps a lot. Also, try to phrase horizontally with lots of slides for register shifts rather than jumping from string to string. You will hear the qualities of the fretless more. It didn‚€™t sound like an oud as I had wanted but it was still pretty cool.

                  I also removed the frets from a Mexican strat around the same time which was cool for solos and playing stuff that sounded like Nile.


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                  I’ve had a fretless Warwick bass for about a year. It was terrifying the first day I had it, and got to be no big deal pretty quickly. Agree about not looking at the neck.

                  Also, cool to see another fretless enthusiast
                  "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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