Hello from Madison, Wisco. I'm a newbee, and love this site. I've got my first three string (24 3/4 scale) to a point where I'm beyond my depth. I wonder if a diatonic fretless fingerboard would be good for using a slide to attempt blues but also to possibly play old gospel and REGGAE without the slide. I plan on indicating fret positions so as to be helpful when not using a slide. I have never played a musical instrument before, and know I need to start as simple as possible. May be I'll be needing more than one guitar.  Are the blues fretting and diatonic fretting not the same? Also would I use the dots at all or would they be in a located in different places. Sorry if these are old questions. Thanks for any direction anyone would like to give. 

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Comment by Terry Brennan on August 30, 2015 at 6:34pm

Thanks Darryl!...I decided to cut out the marks with a thin plywood blade on my table saw, then fill them with strips of wood. I used walnut for the blues scale and the rest i did in maple (same as the neck.)  Now i have indications of all the fret locations,but can focus on the blues scale easily to. My next build will be a diatonic scale. Thank you for answering my question. I like your builds. Its cool the way you've used the metal (alum.?) in your stuff. 

Comment by darryl kernaghan on August 30, 2015 at 5:31am

Terry,the fretting is basically the same with some missing,so yes it does suit your purpose,dulcimer fretting is an easy intro into playing,what fretting you use has no effect if you are plain sliding,as the slide IS the fret in a way,markers are a good indicator for finding your way around the neck.If you open the fret calculator on Gitty's page and play with it and compare scales you'll see what i mean

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