Fretless Guitar News – May 2018

Time for the fifth edition of Fretless Guitar News, published monthly. As usual the newsletter will be updated as the month goes on, please send me your news!

The Forum

The Unfretted Forum still suffering long-term from multiple fraudulent attempts at signing in. So I’ve limited the accounts to new members. If you want to join just send a request by email.



Damjax gig May5

The Old Town Underdogs

Underdogs 12 May 2018

Tim Donahue

TimDonahue / Akira Yamazaki ECLIPSE Live!

Tim Donahue’s powerful fantastic harp guitar world
Live Theater Orpheus performance

Date: May 25, 2018 (Fri) Note: this is a rescheduled date.
Time 19:00 open / 19:30 start charge: ¥ 3,000
(2 stage schedule, no replacement)
Location: 133-0057 xī xiǎo, edogawa ward, Tokyo Prefecture 1-27-16
Orpheus Building 2 F, Jr Sobu line, North exit

Sons of Apollo

In addition to May’s dates there is a competition to win 4 tickets to the house of Blues gig in Anaheim, California, USA. It is limited in area so will not work outside the USA. See Here.

Sons of Apollo

May 2nd – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
May 3rd – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
May 4th – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
May 5th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
May 7th – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
May 8th – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
May 9th – Houston, TX – Rock Box
May 11th – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
May 12th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 13th – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 15th – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
May 16th – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of Living Arts
May 17th – Washington DC – Howard Theater
May 18th – New York City, NY – Playstation Theater
May 19th – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

More Sons of Apollo tour dates


Sundown – Gunnar Backman

Sundown album Gunnar Backman

This is an interesting album in that all tracks, apart from 4 & 13 are solo live guitar. Gunnar describes his guitar work as “virtual” fretless and fretted. I don’t know if he is using his VG-88 or VG-99, possibly both, sounds are complex and original.

The album would fit firmly in the ambient field and the track titles are very descriptive of the music contained within: Sundown / The Wailing Wall / Like Clouds / Days In Waiting / Sea Urchins / Azure / Eastern Desert Snake / Ice / The Zone / Escape / Spaces / The Second Zone / Wasteland.

This album is great as a backdrop when reading SciFi (which I do a lot). To better that I would have to have Gunnar in my living room playing away and top him up with beers now and then. Seriously good stuff, check it out.

The album is priced at $12 or you can buy his entire back catalogue for just $155, That’s 32 albums at half price, less than $5 per album. Gunnar also does all the artwork for the albums which is pretty impressive.

Buzz Gravelle

Off site review of concert featuring Buzz Gravelle on Fretless Guitar

Fretless Guitar Pics

Jack Mazzenga

Jack M Parker Fly

Who says Parkers don’t work on wall hangers?

Fretless Guitar YouTube Videos

George Zikos

Ben Levin

Levi Clay


Ned Evett and Triple Double have entered the Tiny Desk contest with the title “My Old Eyes”, see the entry here.

Fretless Guitars for sale

This beautiful Vigier Excalibur Surfretter needs a good home…


You don’t see many fretless lefties but here’s one:

Red Bryce Fretless Guitar with case, lead, stand and amp:

And another, this time black:

One thought on “Fretless Guitar News – May 2018

  1. Added: Sons of Apollo ticket giveaway 3 May 2018
    Added: DAMJAX gig 3 May 2018
    Added: Old Town Underdogs gig 10 May 2018
    Amended: 17 May 2018 – Tim Donahue gig date from 18th May to 25th May 2018

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.