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constructordeguitarras

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Fretless Flamenco Guitar 

I stuck this in the last post as an edit, so in case no one noticed:


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Ahmed Flamenco

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

It sounds as if it is a Turkish oud
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 4 2015 11:01:49
 
timoteo

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to Ahmed Flamenco

I saw a fretless guitar by German Vazquez Rubio for sale on eBay a few years ago. It was beautiful. I watched the listing for several months, but it didn't sell even after the price was cut. The owner then had frets put on, listed it again, and eventually sold it.
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tele

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Very nice

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El Kiko

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

thats going straight on my faves list .. love the sound of fretless stuff ..great for putting extra expression in ...

Although the begining was better than when the tempo picked up as it also became more ..folky ... never mind /...

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 4 2015 21:48:28
 
milanlondons

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

I had an Eighties Ricardo Sanchis Carpio classical that had been modified into a fretless. I eventually sold it because the tecnique was too different from a standard fretted guitar but it was truly an intoxicating instrument. If you find one I suggest that you try it.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 4 2015 21:48:35
 
estebanana

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

I tried to add that guy as a friend on facebook but it said he had reached his friends limit!

He has 4600 watchers..he's great.

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Echi

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Very good stuff. Thanks for sharing.
I admit I was a little closed minded when I read the thread title, as the fretless guitars sound too distinctive to my ear probably because of the different transient of the note (like an oud etc.), but actually the guy there was able to use this characteristic very well.
His style reminds me a little Myrrdim's.
If I had to play a frettless guitar probably I'd go for a Kohno cedar with lowered action: I have an old Kohno which is impressive for the sustain of the note. Maybe, if it was not fretted, the note would grow slowly and more sustained, more like a cello.
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bernd

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

In the 90th years there was a Polish or Czech guitar maker of steel string guitars who made a fretless nylon string guitar with a pickup. I had the oppertunity to check it. On such a guitar you have access to all microtonal intervals, but that wasn´t my thing at all. I totally didn´t like it, and I don´t like the guitar in the video above but I agree with Ahmed that it sounds like turkish oud; not really a guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2015 21:07:15
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

For those who want to enjoy playing fretless with the added bonus of having a different instrument that is easier to control intonation-wise (because of scale lenght), I would recommend getting an electric fretless bass.


It's fun to play, gives you new musical ideas to explore and it's a useful complement to your guitar recordings.


Remember that there's more to bass tone than the flamenco fart on the upper octave.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 6 2015 0:28:48
 
flamencoLVR

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Wonder what Jerry Douglas might do with a fretless?

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ORIGINAL: constructordeguitarras

I stuck this in the last post as an edit, so in case no one noticed:

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 3 2015 1:34:44
 
Jim Kirby

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to flamencoLVR

quote:

ORIGINAL: flamencoLVR

Wonder what Jerry Douglas might do with a fretless?



This just beggars the imagination! Seems like a bad angle for rasqueado, though?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 3 2015 16:41:57
 
norumba2

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

i agree with El Kiko, it was much more compelling before he put the groove to it.

fascinating.... i play fretless electric guitar and oud, but had never thought of a fretless acoustic. this gives me a lot of ideas...

constructordeguitarras , did you make the instrument?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 20 2015 17:24:27
 
constructordeguitarras

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to norumba2

No, I haven't made any fretless guitars.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 20 2015 20:04:30
 
MunichLuthier

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Wow, this is touching! Beautiful by its own way!

Thank you for sharing!

Michael
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 20 2015 21:10:42
 
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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to MunichLuthier



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 25 2016 6:49:49
 
Piwin

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Necropost:

Is there anything inherent to a fretless guitar that would make it a bad call for flamenco?
All I could come up with is that it would make certain things incredibly hard (for instance, I'm pretty sure when I'm holding a barré I move the finger around a bit if there are certain stretches involved, which would slide me out of tune on a fretless). And I seem to recall some players of bowed instruments telling me that chords (pretty much the basis for guitar) are very difficult on their own instruments.
It would also affect the sound of any sequence of notes played with the same finger on the same string (but that's overall not all that common).
Are there other factors I'm not considering? Maybe having just the finger and no fret would affect sustain?
Anyways, just curious.

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kitarist

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to Piwin

I think you pretty much listed all of the major shortcomings. I can't think of anything else but all this is plenty enough to make it impossible to play flamenco (or classical) properly on a fretless guitar.

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Ricardo

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to Piwin

How about you can’t play ANY FREAKING CHORDS!!!!! The basis of flamenco and the whole point of using a guitar for accompaniment. And one more thing.... NO CHORDS AT ALL!!!!!! And finally, you can’t play chords.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 26 2018 17:42:33
 
Piwin

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to Ricardo

lol thanks guys. I've never tried a fretless anything so I guess I'm underestimating how hard it is to play chords.
And now I know why fretless bass is a thing, and fretless acoustic guitar isn't.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 26 2018 18:06:15
 
JasonM

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to Piwin

Thought the whole point of having no frets was so you can bow the strings. Which we don’t do on the guitar unless your playing Dazed and Confused
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 26 2018 23:51:52
 
Flamingrae

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

I really enjoyed this to the point I have a turd guitar with a fretboard about to be fitted and I'm thinking just not put frets on it for the sheer hell of it. (then put the frets on when I have satisfied my urges!!) I also think that it will take some practise to get a feel for the landscape of the board. That said, if they can make chords on a three string viola in Eastern European gypsy music, why not? Ultimately I don't think it will ever replace the trad flamenco guitar as it is so disciplined and as said the barre may prove problematic. I love the oud feel it gives though and well worth a watch. One to bring out half way through a set for a bit of variety?
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El Burdo

 

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RE: Fretless Flamenco Guitar (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Yeah, that'll work. Pizzicato flamenco. Different.
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