Fretless Guitar and Associated Links
Fretless Guitar Manufacturers:
Patrice Vigier, French Fretless Manufacturer with over 35 years experience making fretless guitars. Their current fretless models Excalibur Surfreter (Supra and Special) offer excellent sustain and expressivity and are used by artists Gary Moore, Shawn Lane, Jean Beauvoir, Frank Vigroux and Ron Thal, to name just five. Read our profile of Patrice Vigier.
Fretless Guitar Suppliers:
Based in the UK, and run by Andrew William, they supply a single round back electro acoustic model AFR6 at £299
Based in the USA offering two electric models; a Strat based fretlesss at $247 and a double cut Les Paul type fretless at $397 both guitars are manufactured in Vietnam.
Offers a service converting classical guitars to fretless with the occasional fretless classical for sale.
Click on the link above for our page dedicated to individual luthiers crafting fretless guitars.
Rothstein Guitars – Andy Rothstein’s custom guitar shop in Woodbridge, New Jersey featuring a pictorial fretless conversion done for Vinnie Zummo. Andy also applies epoxy finishes to necks.
Sankey Guitars – Mike Sankey has some fine minimilist fretless guitars on his Canadian based website.
O’Donnell Custom Guitars – Melbourne, Australia, specialist luthiers of Ed Genaro’s Betty & Wilma fretless guitars.
William Jeffrey Jones Guitars – a specialist luthier turning out beautiful instruments.
Michael aTonal Vick’s Excellent Website; Sound As Music is the home of The Michael aTonal VVVick Trip, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, VVVEAD, MusicaMundana.TV, BASS FIGHT, WIT’S END & all things XenHarmonic.
“There are more than 12 notes per octave in our sonic-worlds.” mav
Excellent tutorial site by Cenk Erdogan – In English and Turkish
Chris Vaisvil’s excellent site featuring microtonal music in just about every tuning you can think of, and yes there are tracks played on fretless guitar. This site is a great resource.
Nice page featuring Godin’s Glissentar and Multi-oud with sound samples.
Infinite Ego’s very well written “Psychopompos” featuring; Music, Guitars, Amps, Effects, Recording, Interviews, Rants, and Satire.
Very interesting website concentrating on prepared guitar and featuring over 300 interviews with guitarists in the “13 Questions” section.
Musician and luthier Viken Najarian’s Oud site, features his really outstanding instruments, recordings and accessories. The electric E-1000 brings a strikingly modern look to the traditional instrument.
Navid Goldrick’s excellent website which teaches Oud from a guitarist’s perspective. Sign up for a weekly newsletter.
All about the 12 string fretless banjo
The Site for New Directions in World Music
Run by guitar enthusiast Reg Clappison providing a personal service and stocking “Fretless Guitar – The Definitive Guide” book and the “Village of the Unfretted” double CD. The shop is located in Kirkby, just outside Liverpool, UK.
A performing fretless artist in his own right, Gunnar offers professional mastering services with discounts for fretless players.
Graphic / Artistic / Design services
The fretless guitarist responsible for our Wallpaper, and the excellent Converting an Electric Guitar to a Fretless Guitar, and all of the sumptous artwork on the Village of the Unfretted CD, now has a website showcasing his work which features illustration, artwork and website design.
Do It Yourself – Unfretting
At long last! A UK based guitar tools and spares site selling quality tools, parts, wood blocks, veneer etc. They have the ultimate fret removal tool at a very good price. Plus a lot of high quality Japanese made tools. Well worth a look! (Unfretted recommended)
For a more in depth technical look at fret removal.
This is a good supplier of Luthier tools and Accessories, Based in the US.More Luthier Links