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Creating a "Longitudinal" hybrid fretless/fretted

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by richnota, Dec 22, 2016.


  1. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    IMG_0122.JPG IMG_0128.JPG I brought my Clement 6 string fretless six to Brooklyn Lutherie and had them transform it into a longitudinal hybrid fretless and fretted. Longitudinal as in half fretted "east and west"---B E A fretted and D G C fretless. Luthier Mamie did a an elegant fret job and compensated the nut--the bass has a seemless transition between fretted and fretless.

    Added a huge amount of expression to an already beautiful instrument.

    I had never played one but took a chance I'd enjoy it. Not disappointed. Combines great attack that enhances the lower end with with a classic fretless top.

    Will record asap.
     
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  2. fghtffyrdmns

    fghtffyrdmns

    Oct 22, 2012
    Looks amazing, but damn, this thing would confuse the hell out of me to play.
     
  3. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    I'm quite easily confused (still not sure about all those strings) but the fretted/fret less part is easier than I thought.
     
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