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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Whafrodamus, Feb 14, 2004.
What is it, and how does it work? I heard that Les claypool has one, but I have no idea what it is.
Week or so ago I ran across that. Seems I was reading some stuff on fretless bass and there was metion in passing of a bass with moveable frets. That is it could be played fretted or fretless. Don't know if this is what you're referring to. Doesn't sound right but Steinberger is the manufacturer that comes to mind.
I saw one a while back that was a headless that had a dial at the top. The frets moved out or in depending on which way you turned the dial.
if it was headless, then Steinberger would be a good guess.
This was just an aside in the reading, no pics. But it did mention the mechanism for activation and where it was located, I just don't recall what and where. You have to figure the guy was looking through some venician blinds or something when it crossed his mind.
I'm reasonably well-informed on Steinbergers, and this is a new notion to me. But it sure does sound like the sort of thing that Ned might have tried.
Anyone else . . .?
I don't know about this particular bass, but years ago I saw a TV program about inventions that included what I recall was a Wal Custom bass that could be converted from fretted to "lined" fretless by lowering the frets into the fretboard (I think he turned a dial, but could be wrong). I also vaguely recall an American company that used to have replaceable fingerboards - fretted and fretless - that slid into place on the neck.
There's a bit more information about the Steinberger convertable fretted/fretless bass here at Steinbergerworld:
More discussion of the convertible steinie, the Novatone Switchboards, and other ideas to accomplish fretted/fretless, in this thread.
Quick summary: The switchboards had problems, the Steinie sounded bad, and no other viable ideas were generated by the thread participants. But it would be great if it was possible.