Luthiers Making Fretless Guitars
Well we all know how hard it is to find fretless guitars, you can either defret a normal guitar, buy one second hand or go to one of the production manufacturers. However if you want something special, there are guys out there that can just about make anything….
Lithuanian designer Rapolas Gražys and his team uses hand selected finest grade Sapele or Maple wood together with finest grade Ebony fingerboards to create beautiful fretless guitars.
Custom made fretless and fretted guitars by Dan Urriola in Elko, NV, USA. Dan has some stunning original ideas and several fretless guitars on his website.
Zdeněk Rumlar transferred his skill in woodworking into luthery and has a workshop in South Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Founded by Özgür Turan in 2012 most guitars are made to order, a speciality is fretless / fretted double-necks. Turan guitars are based in Eskişehir, Northwestern Turkey.
Özgür Turan made this double-neck for David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, it is called “Code Red”
Daniel Miller is a luthier, in Maine, USA, he has been doing fretless conversion for years and decided to build them from scratch. Article and pictures of his conversions and Fretless Guitars
Ari Lethele makes custom Fretless Guitars, article and pictures here.
Halo guitars make this gorgeous MERUS Hipshot 6 String Fretless in Transparent Red.
For 49 years Gary Muncy has built and patented various guitars without frets, all have been a wave three dimensional form on the fingerboard.
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.
Mike Sankey has some fine minimilist fretless guitars on his Canadian based website.
Melbourne, Australia, specialist luthiers of Ed Genaro’s Betty & Wilma fretless guitars.
William Jeffrey Jones is a specialist luthier making very beautiful instruments. He is also a specialist sculptor turning out many items for the film and TV industry.More Fretless Guitar Links