Fretless Guitar News – February 2019

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Newish Pages

Reviewed Neil Haverstick’s new book – Hopelessly Microtonal

New website page including latest announcements for the 8th DFGF: Announcement and artists

Recently Updated Pages

Added a few new artists

General enquiries

We had this call in from Mike:

One thing I haven’t really seen mentioned though about the glissentar anywhere is how close the string balance is volume wise across the courses, and how the double compares with the single low e?  I’m pretty sensitive to discrepancies in volume, and unfortunately I don’t think I can try one out in person first.  If the low e is much quieter than the rest I think that would bother me.

Godin Glissentar

Well I’ve not noticed a big difference between the courses volume wise since changing to Thomastic Infeld Classic S series, a steel rope core flat wound nylon string with the order code: KR116 Their website is: The difference for me was the tonal difference between the nylon courses and the round wound ones.

Anyone have any views on this; is the single E string relatively quieter than the double courses?

Meanwhile waybackmachine has this:

Offsite Review

A very good review by my friend Andrea Aguzzi of Neuguitars looking at Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! by David Fiuczynski, RareNoiseRecords, 2016


Timucin Sahin

Timucin Sahin
On February 20th the “Sahin Laubrock Płużek” trio will open the XIX edition of the Jazz Od Nowa Festival in Toruń, Poland. Two renowned contemporary jazz musicians, residents of New York – saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, who is currently at the top musically, and whose latest album #ContemporaryChaosPractices has been recognized by critics as a visionary work of epic proportions, and guitarist Timucin Sahin, whose third album as a leader #BAFA is generally considered to be one of the most original and uncompromising works in contemporary jazz – will be joined by Kuba Płużek, one of the Polish jazz scene’s most talented and creative instrumentalists. He is a virtuoso and a visionary who boldly explores the world of sounds and the boundaries of harmony. His album #Creationism, released at the end of 2018, is largely improvised material, created using a synthesizer and a piano with an alternate tuning, and is a tale about the formation of sounds from oscillations, vibrations and frequencies…
The program will include compositions by the three artists.

Cenk Erdogan

Cenk Erdogan

2.2.2019 – The Gordon Center, Owings Mills MD
2.7.2019 – Natick Center for the Arts, Natick MA
2.9.2019 – The Colonial Theater, Keene NH
2.10.2019 – Wright Auditorium, East Carolina University, Greenville NC
2.12.2019 – Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum ID
2.13.2019 – CSI Fine Arts Center, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls ID
2.15.2019 – Main Stage Theater, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree CO
2.16.2019 – The Tassel Center, Holdrege NE
2.19.2019 – Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA
2.20.2019 – Christopher Cohan Auditorium, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA
2.21.2019 – California Center for the Arts, Escondido CA
2.22.2019 – Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo CA
2.24.2019 – Herbst Theatre, San Francisco CA
2.26.2019 – Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ
2.28.2019 – Bankhead Theatre, Livermore CA

More details

Neil Haverstick

February 10th, the Quintet is at Rockley’s Music on W. Colfax…another early show, we’ll also be doing a workshop with area students beforehand, which will be a lotta fun…

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
No, it’s not a monster truck rally. It’s a toe-tappin’ chill evening of singing, guitars, food, and drink! Come rally your spirits with us, 7-10pm at La Cour ArtBar – the perfect way to reset before a new week.
Reservations: (303)777-5000
Tea for Two + Special Guest:
Moi – Vocals 🎤
Brendan Bondurant – Guitar 🎸
Neil Haverstick (special guest!) – Guitar
More Neil Haverstick gigs

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!!!

February 20th, Bournemouth Jazz club, UK
February 21st, Guildford Institute, UK, Nicolas Meier Trio
February 23rd, Oliver’s bar Greenwich, UK
More Nicolas Meier gigs

 The Old Town Underdogs / DAMJAX / Jack Mazzenga

Tom Baker

Sunday, February 24, 2019
7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Poncho Hall (map)
As part of Cornish Music Presents, we will re-mount the epic, post-apocalyptic, interactive image/sound intermedia collaboration Manifold2.

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 5:00 PM Thu, Mar 7, 2019 6:00 PM
Cornish Playhouse (map)
Bob and I are very excited to have been offered this 2-week residency called Arts Incubator, sponsored by Cornish College of the Arts. We will have dedicated space and time at the Cornish Playhouse Alhadeff Studio Theater to deepen our collaboration and further explore the work we have been making in this digital intermedia collaboration in image+sound.

More Tom Baker gigs…

Tom Baker Fretless Guitar


Ron Thal

Aside from this Ron features on Legendary drummer’s  Carmine Appice new release…

Consider The Source

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

We’ve also released a video for “Enemies of magicK” which you can watch below. We hope you enjoy and to see you on on our 2019 MetaTour. More dates coming soon!!!


Upcoming Stateside shows…
02/01/19 Columbus, OH, Winter Werk Out @ The Bluestone
02/02/19 Erie, PA, King’s Rook Club
02/21/19 Portsmouth, NH, The Press Room
02/22/19 Saratoga Springs, NY, Putnam Place
02/23/19 Buffalo, NY, Buffalo Iron Works
02/28/19 Baltimore, MD, the 8×10

More CTS gig details

Fretless Videos

VVV hits the stage…

CTS new single… (Enemies of MagicK)

Nicolas Meier combines Metal and Skiing…

Blast from the past – Shawn Lane playing Fretless at NAMM 1997

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)

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) (location UK)



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