Fretless Guitar News – August 2019

Crikey summer’s stoked Europe but its missed the UK so if your indoors why not enjoy August with the twentieth edition of Fretless Guitar News and read about the search for John Lennon’s fretless and where it ended up.

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Nicolas Meier Peaceful CD

Nicolas Meier has released the album “Peaceful” with his World Group featuring Demi Garcia on Percussion Kevin Glasgow on Bass and Richard Jones on Violin. Review.

John Lennon’s Fretless Guitar -update

ray russell bartell

Some time back in the history of the sixties we wrote about John Lennon’s fretless guitar. Well, as suspected, it ended up in George Harrison’s collection and is a sunburst Bartell.

In the above picture, the fretless Bartell can be seen with its present owner, Ray Russell, which Harrison gave to him while working on the film Water  in 1985.

Our friend Paul Brett is committed to tracking down the remaining Bartell / Black Widow / Acoustic fretless and is looking for any further info on these rare prototypes. You can contact him on


Rich Perks Hong Kong

ICMP tutor Dr Rich Perks will be among a number of leading experts heading to Hong Kong in July 2019 to speak at an international conference exploring the latest groundbreaking guitar research.

As a guitarist, composer and educator, Rich explores anything musically unusual, progressive and innovative.

He is one of the world’s leading exponents of the fretless electric guitar; his debut album ‘Imposition’ received critical acclaim, and his music has been performed globally. Rich also has extensive experience as a session musician – performing much commercial, contemporary, experimental, improvised and world music

Commenting on his trip to Asia, Rich said:

It’s very exciting to be presenting my work on the fretless electric guitar at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ International Guitar Forum this year. The International Guitar Research Centre are doing some really excellent work disseminating cutting-edge, guitar-based research globally, and it’s great to be a part of it.”

“I’m really looking forward to demonstrating all the unusual and cool noises you can produce on the fretless electric guitar to an audience of internationally acclaimed guitar experts.”

As well as being a key member of the teaching faculty, Rich is also a graduate of ICMP back when it was known as the London’s Guitar Institute.

See the videos section for more.


Pete Oxley / Nicolas Meier

pete and Nick meier

The Oxley Meier guitar project launched their new album on 6th March 2019 at the 606 club.

This is their follow up to the very successful “Colours of Time” album and is titled “The Alluring Ascent”

Tour dates:

August 23rd, Half Moon, Oxford, UK
September 29th, Herts Jazz festival, UK
October 18th, Birmingham, UK
October 19th, Teignmouth Jazz festival, UK
December 15th, Moods Jazz, Zurich, Switzerland, TBC
December 17th, Jazz Ohne Stress, Freiburg, Germany
December 18th, XXeme, Fribourg, Switzerland

Nicolas Meier World Group

Nicolas Meier World Group

Touring to promote their recent album “Peaceful”

August 5-11th, Saarwellingen Jazz workshop, Germany​
August 24th, Woodstock Festival, UK​
August 31st, Oliver’s Jazz, Greenwich, UK​
September 30th, Hamburg, Germany
October 1st, Bremen, Germany
October 3rd, Swansea Festival, UK
October 4th, Whitney Jazz Club, Whitney, UK​
October 12th, Oliver’s Jazz, Greenwich, UK
October 20th, Jazz Nights, Clare, Suffolk, UK
October 31st, The Spin Jazz Club, Oxford, UK
November 1st, CICCIC, Taunton, UK
November 2nd, Calstock, UK
November 3rd, Ashburton, UK
November 4th, Beavers Inn, Appledore, UK
November 5th, St-Ives Jazz club, UK
November 7th, Guildford Institute, Guildford, UK
November 9th, The Bear, Luton, UK
November 10th, The Boater, Kingston, UK
November 15th, The Fleece Jazz Club, UK
November 16th, Map Cafe, Camden, UK
November 22nd, Cadogan Hall, London, UK
November 25th, Snowdrop, Lewes, UK
December 3rd, The Stables, Wavendon, UK

More Nicolas Meier gigs

The Old Town Underdogs / DAMJAX / Jack Mazzenga


Consider The Source

Our Album Announcement is here!!! “You Are Literally A Metaphor” was released Friday, March 1st, 2019. You can order your download, CD or Vinyl at as well as stream our 11 minute single “Enemies of magicK” and view the tracklisting.

Upcoming Stateside shows…

Fri, AUG 2, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
Sat, AUG 3, Friends Fest, Malta, NY
Thu, AUG 8, Richmond Music Hall, Richmond, VA
Fri, AUG 9, Soulshine Farm Music Festival (Aug 8 – 10) Green Mountain, NC
Sat, AUG 10, 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke, VA
Sat, AUG 24, Nightlights festival, Sherman, NY
Fri, AUG 30, Karnival of the Arts Festival (Aug 29 – Sept 2) Lehighton, PA

More CTS gig details

Fretless Videos

Rich Perks

From his recent Hong Kong lecture: Improweb MMXIX for fretless guitar (+effects)

Nicolas Meier World Group taster for Peaceful

Offsite Fretless Vides

Erkan Ogur at Neu Guitars

Fretless Guitars for sale

Here’s a really nice classical guitar. (location Turkey)

Parham Bahadoran

Parham Bahadoran is selling this hand made Turkish acoustic Fretless
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