Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 07, 2000 at 04:29:01:
In Reply to: dumbest question in the universe? posted by samantha on December 06, 2000 at 18:57:09:
: just kidding, but...
: seriously, we got fretless basses why not fretless GUITARS? how come nobody makes these?
: I know they'd be harder than hell to play, but wouldn't the tone be worth it?
: just curious
Actually, a company called Godin Guitars came out with a fretless acoustic-electric called the "Glissentar"; it's reviewed in the December issue of Guitar Player magazine (which you should be able to find at a music store).
The problem with a fretless guitar is the fact that, unlike a bass or violin, it's generally played chordally, instead of a melody line. For a fretless guitar, the fingering would have to be *absolutely* precise, or a chord will sound *badly* out-of-tune!
A fretless guitar could be used for special stuff, but as a utility guitar, it would be difficult to use.
Hope that helps!
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