Fretless Guitar News – December 2018

Here’s to all the Nay Sayers who predicted we would not reach the twelfth edition of Fretless Guitar News – yet here it is in all its glory!

The big news last month – The long awaited eighth Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival will take place in Amsterdam 2019 at the Q Factory, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May. (Seven years was a long wait)

The Facebook page – Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival VIII

New website page including latest announcements: Announcement and artists

The Forum

If you want to join the Unfretted Forum just send a request by email. Sadly, due to so many SPAM accounts the Forum is no longer accepting auto login for new members.

New Pages

Reviewed Neil Haverstick’s new book – Hopelessly Microtonal

Recently Updated Pages

Added a few new artists

Quick Review

Aintree (Merseyside) Guitar Show

For the uninitiated Aintree is an area of Liverpool, and the guitar show takes place in the stands of the racecourse where the Prestigious Grand National is run. Ah, now you have it. Entry is seven English pounds (about $9) under 12’s free, missed that boat a long time back.
Bernie and Jahloon Aintree, 25 Nov 2018
Pensioners queuing to get in….

The demographic of the visitors is mainly 55 – 70 those who would have played in bands back in the boom years of Mersey-beat and the exhibitors reflect this trend, selling mainly second-hand guitars though the stupid prices seen some years back seem to have vanished for a more real assessment of the value of the instrument.

Speckled throughout the show are the luthiers and specialists creating one off guitars at around the 2k5 mark. Suppliers for anything bar guitars and pedals were a little thin on the ground this year, the likes of the MU and NYXL stings promotion were missing altogether along with the stands that would spare a free pick or two.

Of course there were no fretless guitars at the show, and a distinct lack of anything out-of-the-ordinary such as a fanned fret 7 string or anything deviating from the norm, such as a pedal steel. Will I go next year? Maybe, but with nothing to spend money on….

Artists Releases

Undreaming by WØJT

Another mind-boggling release from the small Swedish-Norwegian Bandcamp-based label Simlas produksjoner. This time we serve you six tracks from two old friends; oboist Jan Wiese and guitarist Tellef Øgrim. These Oslo based musicians first met in the jazz band Bitihorn in 1976.

Undreaming is their first purely improvised adventure together.

The tracks the album were played live in studio April 19th and August 22nd 2018. Guitar, oboe, softsynths and effects were performed in real time and recorded directly to file in Ableton Live.

In the mix, some minutes of the original takes were cut and left out. Apart from stereo panning and some volume adjustments, nothing was added.

WØJT honours the many great programmers of software, builders of instruments, coffee growers, bakers, vegetable farmers, philosophers and art operators who have made Undreaming possible.


Nicolas Meier World Group

Nicolas Meier Glissentar

I will play with the Nicolas Meier world group in December:
Demi Garcia Saba on percussion
Kevin Glasgow at the bass
Richard Jones on violin
(Nic) Me… with all kinds of guitars!!!
December 15th, Azimut, Estavayer, Switzerland
December 16th, Mampf, Frankfurt, Germany
December 19th, XXeme, Fribourg, Switzerland
December 21st, Chorus, Lausanne, Switzerland
More Nicolas Meier gigs

 The Old Town Underdogs / DAMJAX / Jack Mazzenga

old town underdogs 1dec2018

damjax 29 dec 18


Consider The Source

We made it home from our cross country tour, had a great Thanksgiving, and are gearing up for 2 big weekends at home in the Northeast!!! Catch us this weekend in Burlington, Upstate NY, Mass, Albany and Philly and next weekend in NJ, Lancaster, New Haven and Boston. Get your tickets now and we’ll see you soon ; )

See you soon,

11.28.18 ArtsRiot, Burlington, VT w/ Revibe & Adventure Dog
11.29.18 The Java Barn, Canton, NY
11.30.18 Hawks & Reed, Greenfield, MA w/ Strange Machines
12.01.18 The Hollow. Albany, NY w/ Lord Electro
12.02.18 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA w/ Project Object (Zappa Tribute)
12.05.18 The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ w/ Mythology & Fish House Road
12.06.18 Tellus360, Lancaster, PA w/ Chesnut Grove
12.07.18 Pacific Standard Tavern, New Haven, CT w/ Canopy
12.08.18 Sonia, Boston, MA w/ Harsh Armadillo & Sacred Lake

More CTS gig details

David Fiuczynski

Fuze gigs Dec 2018

Mahan Mirabab

Fretless Videos

Richard Thomson built a robot… Very strange and haunting video by fretless guitarist Ned Evett as a tribute to the great man.

Fretless Guitars for sale

It is with a heavy heart I have to announce the passing of Greg Barnett. His Kiesal Guitar is now available from his brother, Mike. For more images see our article.

Kiesal Vader Fretless Guitar body

In brother Mike’s own words:
My brother Greg passed away on August 12 due to complications from very aggressive cancers. He had some radical surgery done, some of which was commemorated with a different custom build from Carillion

The Carillion will stay with me, but as a bass player, Mystique is far out of my league. There’s nothing I’d like more than to see her in the hands of a musician who can appreciate and utilize her full potential.

I’m asking $5400.00 for her, which is a little under her build cost, but does not take into account the expenses Greg incurred sourcing some of the exotic wood he then shipped to Kiesel. I am, of course, open to reasonable offers, but as executor of his estate, I do have a certain amount of fiscal responsibility to keep in mind as I consider them.

I’ve added a note below, which comes from Chris Hong’s post on the Kiesel Guitars BBS (Everyone I talked to at Kiesel were great, and I definitely got the sense that they worked really closely with Greg, not just on this guitar, but on his others as well):

“I just got the news from Mike. Terribly sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family. Greg was always super nice and always great to talk to. I think the last build we did together was a DC600 with custom controls a while back. He was also in on our Vader run which was a huge milestone for the company. Guys like Greg are the reason why we are where we’re at today with the dedication, support, and word of mouth promotion. Always took time to tell people about us and post pics of his guitars whenever he could, especially the famous KE that he ordered.

I remember when he was trying to put together the build for what would eventually become Mystique, he got so many no’s from both Mike and I because a lot of what he was asking for just wasn’t in the cards or just wasn’t something that we normally did. Some of it was just downright off the wall for us at the time with stuff we didn’t think was possible but he remained persistent and steadfast with his vision. He knew what he wanted and I’m glad he persisted at making his vision come to life. At some point during our conversations about this potential build it got to where I told him that he had to talk to Jeff about this guitar because most of what he wanted wasn’t something I could help him with and that this was all something that only Jeff and the Kiesel Edition build would probably accommodate and even that was potentially a stretch. We thought it would be a flat out no from Jeff because Greg wanted to send in his own pale moon, do some crazy colors, do some stuff with the wood layers on the body and how they would interact with the 5 piece neck, etc. To our surprise Jeff said yes and after a bit of a wait to clear the KE waitlist they got to figuring out what could and couldn’t be done.

The pale moon I think was very thin and it warped on its way here so we had to do what we could to make it workable as a top and back wood. The entire time I kept getting surprised by what we were able to do on his build as it was going through the process. While they had to revise the original vision a few times, as you’ve all seen the final product was definitely something out of this world and I think it is one of the craziest builds we have ever done and probably will ever do which says a lot considering what we put out on a daily basis.

While I can’t speak for the company regarding this I personally feel that his build was one of the ones that helped us to some degree in not only helping other people see what you could potentially do with Kiesel but also helped pushing the boundaries on what we ourselves as a company thought we could do for builds.

He will be missed for sure, I hope he’s rocking out and having a good old time wherever he is now.

If there are any questions I can answer, or suggestions regarding valuation, please let me know. Thanks for reaching out.
Mike Barnett


Adieu Adyu Vigier

This is the newer Vigier with the stainless steel neck, or i-metal, and they don’t come along often, contact Adieu Adyu – PM him here:

Sinan Cem Eroğlu classical guitar

Anil Aras made this in Istanbul in 2018. Spruce sound board, walnut sides and back. Piezzo pickup is Artec.
Sinan Cem Eroğlu is selling this hand made Fretless Classical Guitar for 2000 Euros, contact him by DM on facebook Sinan Cem Eroğlu (location Turkey)

Lava drop fretless guitar, a tad expensive though… (location Latvia)

Left Handed Kiesel Edition KV7 Fretless Guitar. (location Australia)

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

Some cheap Fretless Acoustic Guitars (location UK) (location UK)



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