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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2013-02-12T00:29:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=12943 2013-02-12T00:29:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=116059#p116059 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]> Using the fingernail like a slide greatly increases sustain and volume.
Keeping things sliding helps maintain sustain. Overdrive will do the meat job.
Lots of meaty fat tone, that can sustain. I would like to try an Ebow sometime. Also a fretless makes a great slide guitar with no fret clang.

Statistics: Posted by Clifford D — Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:29 am


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2013-02-11T17:05:41+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=116032#p116032 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
98% of the time he's holding a sustained note with his index finger, sliding up and down, and just adding licks with his other fingers.

He probably uses a fingernail hardener such as described here:
http://www.guitartips.addr.com/tip05.html

Statistics: Posted by Buffalo_Bill — Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:05 pm


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2013-02-11T14:41:32+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=116026#p116026 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
tinsmith wrote:
Well...he was a Berklee guy....They exist for theory


I guess I've been successfully de-programed then. Talking "theory" and "blues" is a little like Engineering" a "chopper". :D

Statistics: Posted by Jakeblues — Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:41 pm


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2013-02-11T14:26:01+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=116024#p116024 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
Buffalo_Bill wrote:
Clifford,
do you use a compressor to increase the sustain?
I know it helps single coil Fenders, mucho.
Bill


The video clip of Ned Everett sounds like he's using compression...particularly in the beginning.

Statistics: Posted by Jakeblues — Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:26 pm


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2013-02-11T13:47:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=116021#p116021 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]> do you use a compressor to increase the sustain?
I know it helps single coil Fenders, mucho.
Bill

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2013-02-10T21:16:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=115979#p115979 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
I thought it was a terible choice of strings, the flatwounds just totally sound dead. The fretless has enough problems with sustain
it doesn't have any volume either, This expensive set of strings had a wound G, only had two strings unwound.
This meantmy four lowest strings were a 1/4 to 1/3 less volume, at least on my cheap beast.
Today the store is closed so I need to wait till Monday. Bummer, I was going to play it tonight.
Don't buy those strings =/

Statistics: Posted by Clifford D — Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:16 pm


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2013-02-10T21:06:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=115977#p115977 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]> I depend on this fretboard memory for everthing, because of this I can focus on making music and intonation.
Pretty easy really.
kiwiblues wrote:
Being an average guitar player, fretless playing has always been a wonder to me. I have enough problems stretching my fingers to make chords when I know where they are supposed to go, let alone trying to get them right without frets.
That's why I assumed they must use open tunings to make things a bit easier.
We have a guy in Christchurch who plays a fretless guitar and when he plays at gigs it makes my jaw drop.
The sounds he gets are really out of this world!
I know he uses a lot of open tunings however, some of which he makes up himself.
It doesn't really matter it still sounds fantastic and quite different to anything else I have ever heard. :)

Statistics: Posted by Clifford D — Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:06 pm


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2013-02-09T20:14:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=115928#p115928 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
Meanwhile I have the strings on my fret restoration project:
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I carved a new bone nut, because on the original nut I had to deepen the notches for fretless:
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Have some scars to paint over and polish:
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Statistics: Posted by Buffalo_Bill — Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:14 pm


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2013-02-08T21:44:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=115873#p115873 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]> for a few more days but I have nothing to lose trying this first.
I can always sand a little and add a fresh coat if it wears.
This whole project has cost what, an
old guitar, and $20.

Statistics: Posted by Clifford D — Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:44 pm


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2013-02-07T13:17:42+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12943&p=115801#p115801 <![CDATA[Re: Fretless electric guitar…]]>
Clifford D wrote:
I'm a big fan oof fretless, the problem I have is sustain, a metal or hard plasic surface will allow vibrating better.
Using my fingernail is good for beefier tone and sustain n wood, But I saw Ed DeGenero
Using metal and it was a big difference.
I would track down some stainless steel, or nickle silver for the fingerboard surface. Nickle silver will probably be the easiest to cut, and it does not tarnish or oxidize. You can find sheet metals cheap online, and in small sizes.

Statistics: Posted by Buffalo_Bill — Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:17 pm


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