Simple string height gauge I made from those wood inserts from the inside of a cigat box. I cut them into a long triangular shape. Then I slide the tapered end under the string until I like the height, mark it, and make a bridge that height- simple as that!

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Brings up a question I have. NB  I have no experience with fretless instruments as such, and my porch rail CBG or is that PRG? can only be played with a slide, after lowering the string height a bit, replacing the 1/4" bolt as a nut and the PVC pipe as a bridge with a woodscrew for the nut, and a biro for the bridge I can hold the string down against the flat part of the rail, but it still doesn't sound. It's just muted and bleh.

So how low do you have to get a string to be able to fret (for want of a better word) it (fretlessly) and have it sound clear?

OK, I take that back, went to take a picture of it, and it seems it's the way I play, I'm a bassplayer and tend to use the flat of my finger to fret, if I use my finger tip instead, and a bit more pressure, it seems to sound OK.

Yes- use your fingertips and also be aware of string tension- a string with slightly less tension is much easier to fret and make a clear sound.

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