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Fretted/fretless no not that one

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JAUQO III-X, Apr 29, 2006.


    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
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  2. Cool idea, horrable website.

  3. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    it would be interesting for them to license the idea to other luthiers (assuming they have a patent).
  4. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    First, I'd like to say, ***?? :confused:

    Secondly, I'm not sure what the distinction is between playing "between" the grooves and playing "inside" the grooves. At a given string diameter and tension, you still need a specific string length to get a specific pitch, or am I missing something? :help:
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    That website was annoying. Also, I dont really , get it.
  6. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    yea i don't get it... someone care to explain?
  7. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I think you would get the same effect from just removing frets and then not filling the gap... no?
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Woudlnt that concept require a large amount of relief to ensure that the string doesnt lie flat on the fretboard when inthe groove? I dont see how going below the fretboard to fret a note is feasible.
  9. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    the websites sorta sheisty.... I just don't get it. :meh: :confused:
  10. thats what i got out of it...
  11. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    Yeah, and you won't be playing in tune because you will be in between the notes.
  12. hartke20g


    Apr 12, 2006
    miami, FL
    that makes no sense. plus, i'm pretty sure that's a fake website or something seeing as there aren't even descriptions of the basses (which look terrible):rollno:
  13. I dunno. Makes sense to me. Essentially you've got a fretless fingerboard that can be played like a fretless, plus you've got those grooves which when you're fretting over them will give you the same intonation as a fretted bass. I don't think the idea is for you to 'play' notes inbetween the grooves. After all, on a fretless, you don't play notes inbetween the places where you would regularly intonate notes. It's about having the same (or close to the same) fretless tone and the same technique (smooth sliding) while still having the precision intonation of a fretted bass.

    It's hard to tell what it would really be like without playing one myself, but the concept makes sense to me. *Shrugs*
  14. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    worst.website.ever. i dont get anything. I'm glad they provide so much info, especially on their pickups and basses...and fret system...
  15. This is an interesting concept.

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