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Has anyone ever seen Frank Zappa's fretless guitar? What did it look like?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ParloFax, Sep 23, 2015.

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  1. Fastnbulbous

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    It's pretty cool if you know how to use the Ebow right -- otherwise it can make an awful racket! A good demonstration for anyone interested:

     
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  2. vudicus

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    I had one and was shocked at the volume increase when you used it. It wasn't just a slight increase, it was massive.
    Later they made a model with a switch on it which took the volume right down so there wasn't such a huge jump in volume.
     
  3. Fastnbulbous

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    The only one I ever saw belonged to a friend-of-a-friend who was in a jazz/fusion/prog type band and for one song he'd whip out the Ebow. The effect was great. Afterward I asked him about it and he said it took him about six months before he had the guts to use it in public.
     
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  4. Jahloon

    Jahloon New Member

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    Ebows are pretty cool with fretless guitar, I've also got a baritone fretless equipped with a Fernandes Sustainer and a Yamaha 2000 fitted with a sustainiac.
    If you want to see what Frank Zappas Black Widow Acoustic fretless looked like, there is a picture on my website, Unfretted, here:
    http://www.unfretted.com/history/history-1970s/
     
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