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Metal Fretless Fingerboard


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I'm not entirely sure, but you could ask all the details of the very many variations here... unfretted.com forum

I became aware of them through the sustainer stuff as a lot of people use sustainers with the fretless board as a part of the whole technique. (say hi to transient for me if you sign up!)

Fretless guitars come in a lit of varieties...wood boards, conversions, various metal and epoxy finishes...glass seems to be the rage...not fiberglass...real glass! Generally, fretless guitars have a different setup to a normal guitar as well...much heavier strings and a high action is typical...since you are not bending strings the higher gauge helps prevent your finger flesh dampening the string as much and the higher action gives a better separation from the board to prevent sitar like buzzing when you "fret" a note.

But it is a wide area, some people believe the buzzing is an important part of the sound...

pete

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Yeah I've checked unfretted, definitely a good source of info. Most of the discussion about actually making fretless instruments is about ripping out frets, though.

I'm thinking some thin brass sheeting could be cut out and epoxied to a wooden substrate? I'm planning on a flat board but this could work for a radiused one too.

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