Fretless Guitar News – October 2019

Well were headed through September and its proving to a pretty wet twenty second edition for Fretless Guitar News. So as for all things damp they dry out eventually and you cannot got wet from just reading them, can you?

The Forum

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Letters incoming

Dear Unfretted,

Jonathon Pickard

Hi Harp Guitarists, I’d love some advice. I have been designing a new harp guitar for a while now and the design is now ready to go. It is quite different to my other 2 HGs and I think it will be awesome! This is my 2nd design and I have a luthier ready to go ahead and build it for a very reasonable price.
BUT – my problem is that I can’t afford or justify the expense to my family right now. Its not easy to make a harp guitar pay the bills, right?! I was thinking of trying some kind of crowdfunding or similar. I have always disliked the idea of crowdfunding as it feels basically like asking for charity. We can get the job done for under £2k but thats what I would need to raise to make it happen.
I know that the various crowdfunding options all have different criteria. Some insist that it is for community benefit etc, others that it is for a business idea that can grow – and this won’t work for that. I have not yet found a platform for which this project would really fit the bill. I am hoping to find a funding source for arts design / innovation etc so that this might fit with that.
If anyone has experience of anything suitable / any ideas / or knows any rich benefactors I would love to hear from you, either on this post or by private message. I am in the UK.
Just thought I would put this out there…JP

Happy Birthday Ron

Happy Birthday today (Sept. 25) to former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot. He’s 50.  ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal was a lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses from 2006-2014. After meeting the band and jamming with them in 2006, he officially joined the band as replacement for guitarist Buckethead. He made his live debut with the band in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom in May 12, 2006 and he played on the album Chinese Democracy. He also appeared in the home video release Appetite for Democracy 3D. In late 2014, Thal announced that he was focusing on his solo career and on July 21, 2015, journalist Gary Graff reported that Thal was no longer in Guns N’ Roses and he had left after the band’s 2014 tour. Thal discussed leaving the band in a July 2016 interview. I saw Bumblefoot with Guns N’ Roses several times over the years and the dude rocks. Great guitarist. Cheers to Bumblefoot on his birthday today! For more on Bumblefoot and his various projects, check out his official website here.


Uuskyla Øgrim & Berg

September 25 is the release date for our live album recorded at Kafé Hærverk in November 2018. Harri Sjöström will play with us as he did on the recording. Looking forward to seeing you at the Kafé for a grande release event!

Uupsal Ogrim and Berg

Sinan Cem Eroğlu

I’1 thrilled to announce that my new album “wired / layered” is available on all digital p1atforms. On that album that was recorded in Hamburg, Istanbul and Los Angeles, I composed eight tracks and arranged, recorded, played, mixed and mastered all the tracks, designed art 1work, and created my own label. Thanks to my precious sister and glamorous voice Azam Ali, my virtuoso friend Muhlis Berberoglu, amazing singer & rapper Berry, my indispensable bass guitarist Erdem Tekinay, gorgeous photographer Emre Bozboga, Sercan Yilmaz and Ertan Keser for their support. I can’t wait to hear your comments about this album that I released under my own label SCE Musical Sounds. – Sinan

Cini cem Ergleau
Offsite fretless

Carlo Domeniconi Plays AUM for fretless Guitar


Tim Donahue

Tim Donahue returns to Buffalo NY’s famed Westminster Presbyterian Church on October 25th 2019 at 7:30PM, premiering newest solo pieces on electric harp guitar. This awesome and reverant landmark is the perfect venue for Tim’s impressionistic music.

The awesome Toronto Guitar School will host a Tim Donahue masterclass seminar and performance on October 27, 2019.
Tim’s first event in Toronto, where he will discuss his playing technique and how the development of the Tim Donahue Harp Guitar impacted his music career.
Tim will also discuss jazz/rock composition and seeing music in color (synesthesia).
Seminar at 2:30PM, Performance at 7:30PM


Join Us October 4th at Mozart’s

By Stick Man on Sep 28, 2019 10:23 am

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:
September 29th, Herts Jazz festival, UK
October 18th, Birmingham, UK
October 19th, Teignmouth Jazz festival, UK
December 13th, Vario Bar, Olten, Switzerland
December 16th, Moods Jazz, Zurich, Switzerland
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”​
October 1st, Bremen, Germany
October 3rd, Swansea Festival, UK
October 4th, Whitney Jazz Club, Whitney, UK​
October 12th, Motion Blue, Yokohama Japan
October 13th Nagoya, Japan
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

DAMJAX 19 Oct 2019

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…

10/04/19, Burlington, VT ,ArtsRiot
10/05/19 Hartford, CT, Arch Street Tavern
10/23/19 Charlottesville, VA, The Southern
10/24/19 Boone, NC, Boone Saloon
10/25/19 Columbia, SC, New Brookland Tavern

More CTS gig details

Fretless Videos

Gunnar  Backman

Rambo Amadeus

More from Rambo Amadeus and band from Serbia

Sinan Cem Eroğlu<

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
On ebay:
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