Electric fretless guitar

Hand-made instrument with unique design and construction.

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Fretless Electric Guitar

Guitar Data

  • Dimensions

    • Overall lenght: 990mm / 39''
    • Body width: 280mm / 11''
    • Body lenght: 395mm / 151/2''
    • Body thickness: 48mm / 115/16''
    • Neck depth: 22mm / 14/16''
    • Neck width nut: 45mm / 13/4''
    • Neck width 12th freth: 55mm / 25/32''
    • Scale lenght: 648mm / 251/2''
    • String spread nut: 37,5mm / 115/32''
    • String spread bridge:52,4mm / 21/16''
    • Action on 12th fret: -----
    • Weight: 3,35 kg
    • Fingerboard: lenght - 495mm / 191/2'',
      radius - 380mm / 15''
  • Components

    • Tunners: Schaller locking tunners, 16:1, black
    • Nut: Tusq - synthetic ivory
    • Truss rod: dual action
    • Bridge: 2Tek, solid brass, nickel finish
    • 4 ebony knobs with white dot
    • 2 ebony humbuckers trims with setting screws
    • 2 black strap locks with spring
    • Black round recessed socket for 6,3 mm mono output jack
    • Eliptic ebony truss rod cover with three screws
    • Strings: D'Addario Chromes Jazz Light flat wounded (.011/.015/.022w/.030/.040/.050)
  • Electrics

    • 2 linear 500k potentiometers for separate volume control
    • 2 logarithmic 500k potentiometers for separate tone control
    • Three way pickup selector
    • Push/pull switch for coil split on neck humbucker volume control
    • Alnico II Pro Seymour Duncan Humbucker - neck
    • Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimbucker - bridge
  • Material

    • Body: African mahogony
    • Body top layer: ash
    • Neck: ash
    • Fingerboard: ebony
    • Black grain filler
    • Epoxy base coat - Morrels
    • Transparent melamine lacquer, satin - Morrels
ZR-Scarab-Fretless.
Ivan

Review

From very first moment during familiarization with fretless guitar ZR Scarab I started to play intuitively to imitate sound of the Indian instrument Sarod. Bass tones seduce easily to such a playing style. It was quite a beautiful experience for me. I've changed string tuning after a while of playing to standard fourth-tierce tune. Thanks to new possibilities such as smooth glissandos I get ideas to play jazz themes in the new way. To play "Walking Bass" is absolutely stunner because this guitar sounds like a "six string soprano fretless bass guitar". This ability makes this instrument suitable for Contemporary Jazz or Funky but also for Blues because there it can sound like a Slide Guitar.

The guitar has a completely new design. A neck allows very easy playing. It isn't too massive and the other way around it's not excessively tiny. Fingerboard playing is very smooth and sound is resonant. Control knobs are easily accessible. At the first look, the guitar has a small body but there is a good reason for this fact. Regardless of the construction, the bigger body of the instrument could result in excessive bass sound. This guitar sounds like a combination of the fretless instruments such as sarod or contrabass or violoncello and contemporary electric guitar with hi-tech pickups and other components.

Considerable difficulty of playing this fretless instrument makes some troubles. To reach the right intonation requires practice. Some chords won't be in tune, mostly those chords where fingers must be in position perpendicularly to the fingerboard.

Playing Blues and Country
It is possible to simulate a slide guitar. Glissandos are made by standard technique. I prefer bass sound for playing Blues and shrill sound for Country.

Playing Jazz
To play fretless fingerboard in contemporary Jazz provides much more sensitive alterations. Minor tierces are tight. Major tierces are spread.

Indian music
It is better to change string tuning into some raga but it is sufficient e.g. E(6)/F(5)/B(4)/E(3)/F(2)/B(1). I used this style of tuning for sound sample recording. And then, It is all about the understanding and feeling of the Indian music. By using more or less of distortion you can reach a rock version of the Indian music style.

Funky music
Slap or its immitation on fretless guitar gives you the motivation to play Funky with joy.

Metal music
When I used distortion, so I knew that metal fans can cheer because of the brand new sound bursting guitar emerged. Possibilities of the new glissando sound in hammering style can push Metal music forward. I'm fascinated by the sound decays on bass strings. Glissando vibration substitutes for a tremolo arm. There is a considerably extended tone sustain thanks to used kind of wood, pickups and the bridge. I'd prefer to play on this guitar a music style of Pantera or Death Metal or Grind Core. It is also suitable for Alternative Metal or Heavy Metal but I'm not impressed with this so much.

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Maker:

furnitrix

Unit 4, Dale House
Manchester
M40 8EF
United Kingdom
www.furnitrix.co.uk
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Sales information

Manufacturing of this guitar can be ordered with the same components and wiring as described or with the options available in the order form. Total price depends on the individual requirements and components cost. We will require Ł500,- deposit after the order approval and before the start of guitar making. In order form, if it is available, you can choose from several options and add your requirements. Actual manufacturing time is up to 12 weeks. You can fill and email us the order form for actual price quotation.
You can read all details about the shopping process in the link bellow.

Every guitar includes a certificate of ownership. A direct purchase or placing order is possible only through this website or authorized seller shop. We provide (in compliance with all specified conditions) warranty period of three years to instrument construction and all of its components except to strings and accesories. We offer to dispatch finished instrument worldwide for the price stated in the order. In the case of a request for different pickups we are willing to meet the custom requirement, but only after preliminary agreement before placing the order (required pickups must conform to quality, dimension and their wiring must allow required connection).

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