Fretless guitar..why not?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SpankBass, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. Im in a heated discussion with a guitarist friend of mine about fretless guitars. He says it wouldn't work but can't think of a reason and I say there is no reason why it wouldn't work. Any thoughts?
  2. You still would have the little lines...or would that even make a difference?
  3. Click on the image for a link that your friend might find useful.

  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  5. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Yes, they exist. Would I want to play one? Hell no!

    It would be OK with open tunings I suppose. :D
  6. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Hasn't Shawn (Shaun?) Lane played one as well?
  7. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL
    I made one, and I love it! The sound isn't very present, but it is very unique. Chording is strange because you get used to "cheating" to play certian chords, and when your fingers have to be exactly on the line, it can be a problem. It is also interesting with chords to find how much better in tune you can make them. Stopping all the beats but still having the open strings in tune is a wonderfull sound.

  8. G&L has one in production this year...
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Some guys who play or have played fretless guitars:

    Phillip Catherine
    Randy Roos
    the guys in the fusion band Kittyhawk (forget their names, they also played Chapman Sticks)
    Frank Zappa
    Dan Stearns, a local guy here in MA
    the guy in the Moors (another local MA player)
  11. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I wasn't aware of Frank Zappa ever playing a fretless guitar. I know Adrian Belew (who played with Zappa in the '70s), and Robert Fripp have both played fretless guitar.
  12. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Check the liner notes to "Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", he uses a fretless Acoustic Black Widow on a few of the cuts.