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Im sorry if this has been done but i did a little search and didnt come up with anything. I know there are fretless basses all over, but howsabout fretless guitars, i wanna know everything about them, so any info post please.

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I've tried it. Perry hit the nail on the head. The sustain really sucked, my tone suffered big time, and it's very hard to chord. Even playing lead it's a good idea to vibrato to make sure you don't hit a really sharp or flat note. The guitar I did it to is getting a remodel right now, and when it's done it'll have frets :D

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I've seen a player playing a fretless guitar, and he was shred-tastic. The sustain didn't matter much as the playing style was fairly flurry-of-note-ish. It seemed to be a matter of either a) adapting his playing style to the instrument or :D designing an instrument that suited his playing style.

It's been done, and it's been done successfully. For the record, the fingerboard was aluminum.

Greg

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ive bene thinking abotu thiis for a while and say you had a fingerboard made of something strong liek ebony, and then scalloped the entire neck. would this work. i know that the crest of the scallops might wear away quickly so maybe soaking the fingerbaord in ca glue or sometihng like that

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Er...

Is it just late? Am I just stupid? Or was the suggestion basically to scallop the neck so that the peaks of the scallops act like wooden frets?

Wouldn't that defeat a major part of the purpose of fretless instruments?

What the hell did I just miss?

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He means without frets, though. Just an educated guess, but I imagine the sound would still lack sustain big time, and the wood would wear away very quickly. You'd have to replace the fretboard all the time :D

Ah, I wondered what the problem would be. Ok, then I don't know if it would work.

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