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  • JB_From_Hell
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    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 didnā€™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

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  • Nsatke81
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    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 didnā€™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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  • JB_From_Hell
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    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

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  • Demanic
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    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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  • JB_From_Hell
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    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.

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  • Mincer
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    I wanna hear what this thing sounds like!

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    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.

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  • Mincer
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    Wow, what are the specs on this thing? That is beautiful.

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  • Open lane
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    Man, that thing looks cool!

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
    That thing is sweet looking. Bet it sounds killer too. Is that bridge sunken?
    Looks like it. Did you see the routed faux-tailpiece?

    Also, the pickup height adjustment screws are accessed through 4 small holes in the back of the guitar, too. So they’re going through the mounting tabs backwards.
    Last edited by JB_From_Hell; 01-22-2021, 03:19 PM.

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  • ArtieToo
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    That thing is sweet looking. Bet it sounds killer too. Is that bridge sunken?

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Looking good, I think. Are those Trembuckers?
    Yes. I’m assuming PATB-1s, but he didn’t specify.

    I love talking to Frank about a build, because he ends up having something on hand that I love, and saves me from the endless option paralysis. Seriously, every time I ask, “Can you do this crazy thing?” the answer is always yes.

    For instance, I’m leaning heavily toward an ergo-bass he built for NAMM 2020. It’s a 5 string, the bottom 3 are fretted up to the 14th or 15th, then the top two strings are fretless. The nut and saddles are shifted up on the fretless strings so you can play it just like the fretted portion.

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    I’m looking forward to getting it. No markers is a bit daunting, but I don’t think I look when I play my fretless Warwick all that much, and the same with slide.

    No, I’m not gonna be playing much open chord strummy stuff on it, but I think it will be an extremely inspiring instrument. It’s basically like having six slides going simultaneously.

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  • beaubrummels
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    Kind of reminds me of the oldest traditional fretless banjos that were a gourd body and odd woods.

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  • jeremy
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    patbs!

    cool looking guitar for sure man, enjoy

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